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  1. clown

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    I SAW THIS STARFISH IN hERMANUS BEACH - WHAT TYPE IS THIS?
    WHAT TYPE OF SNAIL IS THIS (IN HERMANUS)?KAN YOU KEEP IT IN YOU'RE TANK?


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  3. FransSny

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    Sorry clown Im not sure, but wouldnt LS from cold water like Hermanus die in our tanks ?
     
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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    The first pic is a common cushion star, millions along our coast line.
     
  5. Boendoe

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    I have 3 of those cushion stars in my tank, and very good algae eaters.
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    correnct cushion stars and periwinkles :) being from a colder temp zone (and hermanus is i lived and surfed there) they probably wouldent do as well in a tropical temperature tank.. the snails in particular are more prone to dying due to being extreemly sensitive to poor aclimitization practices.

    try the cusion stars but perhaps invest in a few turbo snails from a LFS..
     
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    Hi Clown - (and Leslie ;)):

    I have collected this small cushion stars from the rock-pools of Bloubergstrand beach, Mosselbay, Hermanus, Port Shepstone, Margate, Ramsgate and Port Edward.

    These little cushion stars actually adapted so well to my tropical reef tank, that they bred sexually.

    I have some of the same cushion starfish in my tropical tank, as well as in my cold water/temperate tank. They adapt extremely well, and thrive. So - if you have your collection license in order, by all means. Go for it.

    The "periwinkles" are actually "margueritte snails". As with the cushion starfish, they survive 100% well in tropical tanks.
    The only issue I have with them, is that they tend to crawl out the tank, to the topmost area (out of the water) of your tank's glass.... I usually have to manually pull them from the glass (they tend to get themselves stuck VERY WELL!) and chuck them back into the tank....

    Some have actually climbed OUT of my cold water/temperate water tank - I find the snails on the tiles in our living room - then I have to pick them up and chuck them back into the tank ;)

    In my cold water tank's case - they actually act as food (together with the mussels), to our huge predatory starfish ;)
     
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    Jacques, thanks for the info...i've always been scared of collecting them as I thought they wouldnt survive in our tanks
     
  9. clown

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    Thanx J.

    Please advise me what do cushion stars eat? So are The Star Fish hardy and Reef save.?

    Clown:slayer:
     
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    Read the answers in red - the guys posted for you already :p
     
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