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  1. LouiseS

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    Hi. I have just started cycling my Boyu TL550 (2 oceans water ans natural sea sand) and was given a star fish by family member that found it during a walk washed up on Glencairn beach.

    I am not sure whether it is alive (not moved yet) and if it is alive whether it is even something that could be kept in a marine tank. Any ideas What it would eat? (Tank is currently at 20 degrees as i havent started heating it).
     
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    If it has been out of water for any period of time it will be dead. i wouldnt advice putiing it in your tank as it is from a totally different climate and depending on which starfish it is it could be a predator that will eat your other livestock. that is if it survives. rather put it back where it came from. it will cause a lot less heartache especially if it rots in your tank
     
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    oops forgot the photo!!
    @mandarinman - thanks. Nothing in my tank yet so no risk of loss (except there is not food for the star fish). Do not think it has been out of water - how can I tell it is it already dead. Don't feel like a trip to the beach it it is already dead...

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    Watch for movement over time
     
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    Get rid of it. Those are predatory and get rather large. When/if it dies, you going to upset your cycle. Unfortunately if it was washed up, it prob isnt in the best health.
     
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    give it a day its legs will fall off 1 by 1 and it'll literally melt away.... i speak from experience... also they need temps no higher than 23-24deg
     
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    Mufasa brrrrrr! Not cool at all!
     
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    if you must know:whistling: my nephews and nieces had a beach party at simons town and they brought me a container with starfish and urchins, and no i didn ask it was suposedly a suprise coz they all just loved my 2m tank... and lucky me i had a quarentine setup and thats were i experience their gruesome deaths:blush:
     
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    Thanks for all the comments - starfish was deposited back into the Glencairn tidal pool (dead or alive...) As I haven't even fished cycling my tank the last hint I want to deal with is legs falling off!!
     
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    Good stuff!
     
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