Trouble With Starfish

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  1. NickW

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    Hi Guys,

    Something is wrong with the star fish in my tank,

    It seems as one of his "legs" has been eaten or has a bacterial disease thats eating the tissue.

    I seriously do not know what could be the cause, so if you guys can PLEASE give possible causes aswell as a possible solution it will be much appreciated.

    Just some info that could influence the cause

    • Tank: Boyu TL 550
    • Water Parameters - all ok, had a slight drop of kH from 8 to 6, so added some buffer last night, but this started a couple days ago.
    • Other tank mates: 2 cleaner shrimps, 2 trochus snails, 1 hermit, 2 perc clowns, 1 coral beauty, 1 pink basslet and some corals.


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    I had a similar issue and the one died. Be VERY careful if it dies, my water quality went to the toilet, and it took a big water change to correct it.
     
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    Did it not stick its leg into a pump? mine has done that before and it has been healing over time....
     
  5. NickW

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    Dont think so, there are no open pumps in the tank besides the power heads (2 x seio prop 320), about a week and a bit ago, i saw it crawl into the torch coral, left a few blackish dots but healed quickly, maybe the torch has an influence?

    Stupid question, how will i know if it is dead? (sorry, this is the first star fish i have had)
    Loss of colour? no longer moves? lol sorry. Just if it dies i want to remove it before i notice it no longer moves.
     
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    hi,

    it could be the hermit nipping at it, it could also be a crab hiding in your LR or physical damage from pump/rocks etc

    if it stops moving and it starts to disintegrate
     
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    salinity fluctuation causes that. even a slight one. it will heal unless the fracture is in the body disc.
     
  8. NickW

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    :eek: i have lately been trying to get my salinity up from 1.019, about 2 weeks ago i started doing water changes with a higher salinity (1.025) water, which has gradually brought my salinity up from 1.019 to 1.022.
     
  9. Nur

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    while it heals dont dose too much iodine.. starfish dont like iodine.. too much kills them.
    so while the flesh is exposed hold back a bit on the iodine..
     
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    i am not currently dosing iodine, i do have a problem with my elegance coral, so i am dipping him in seachem reef dip, which i beleive contains iodine, none of the water that contains the dip goes back into the tank though? (the coral was dipped last night for the first time).

    Should i test for Iodine?
     
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    My starfish did the same, as well as a long spine urchin, this happend after I used Paragaurd. Unfortunatly they did not make it.
     
  12. NickW

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    Sorry to hear,

    Well from all the feedback, guess i am going to have to just wait it out and keep a clsoe eye incase it dies and remove it asap.

    Thanks for all the help!

    Will give some feedback in a week or 2 and let you know if the star fish has made it :)
     
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    Good luck
     
  14. Nur

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    dont think there is a need to test, but if you can then why not?
    i like dosing iodine, much to the dismay of my starfish..

    i am in a psychological rehab now wrt the iodine dosing.
    when i have it under control i will add another starfish.
     
  15. NickW

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    Hey Guys,

    Well here is the update of the star fish.

    As you can see in the first pick, it still had most of its leg. Its now got about half :(



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    If any cone has an idea of the disease and a possible cure it would be appreciated.

    Not sure about the anatomy of a start fish, but what happens when he losses the whole leg and starts attaching the centre?
     
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    If you adjust any water perameter too quickly they react this way
     
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    Cant you just cut the infected leg off?
     
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    Could it maybe have been exposed to air...?
     
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  20. chas84

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    I also have the same problem with my Orange starfish. I noticed about 2 weeks ago my Sand Dollar was dead. I've had the Starfish and Sand dollar for about a year. I've also noticed my BTA has moved and is a LOT smaller, though more bubbly than it usually is. My two urchins look fine and seem normal. Perhaps time for me to catch up on water changes...
     
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