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Post by Renee' on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 10:07 pm

i am just starting a new saltwater tank and found a 7 arm small white starfish on my liverock.....since i am soooo new at this I have no idea what kind this is and if it is safe for my tank or not. Any suggestions on where to try to find out?

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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by Cichlid Lover on Mon 27 Aug 2012, 11:56 pm

Hey Renee! Very Happy

Welcome to the forum!

It's Michelle! I am Cichlid Lover on this forum. I just sent you an email!

Everyone here will want you to post a pic for an ID! Just telling you ahead of time.......



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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by grawlfang on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 7:32 am

welcome and those small starfish are be beneficial, they will increase and decrease in numbers based on the food supply for them Smile at least if this the small white starfish no bigger than an eraser head Smile I have them all over both of my tanks.
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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by DonnieP on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 8:33 am

Here is a nice site to check out some of the stuff you find in reef tanks.
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Post by grawlfang on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 9:12 am

cool, never knew about that site, and mine have never touched my zoas, they seem to congrate on the glass and fall off very easily when I run the scrapper.
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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by Anjiro on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 10:55 am

Also for more information and I do hope Cranberry does not mind.
http://www.lionfishlair.com/hitchhiker/hitchhiker.shtml

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Post by Siberman on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 5:44 pm

If they're on the glass and look like regular starfish , they're probably asterinas. The mini brittle stars tend to stay on/under the rocks.

Both are beneficial ( or at least non-detrimental ) IME.
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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by Renee' on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 10:03 pm

Thanks so much for all the info. - will check into these sites now and see what I can find!


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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by SciOps on Tue 28 Aug 2012, 11:43 pm

Holy crap anjiro, that link is making me want to stay with freshwater.

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Post by Cichlid Lover on Wed 29 Aug 2012, 12:33 am

Renee,

.....I hope they're not bad ........ I have a couple of those too. Mine have 5 arms, I think.


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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by Yeti on Wed 29 Aug 2012, 2:39 am

SciOps I warn you now, that if you set up a SW tank, you will be lost. If you are anything like me, just watching the critters appear from the rock had me hooked. Watching Astarina split into 2 or 3 new entities is amazing, watching the Ents as we call them "Stomatella" graze any and everywhere is great. Bristleworms at night, watching a sponge grow, and when I realised I had a Limpet. "Love, that shell has moved, I'm sure it's moved" great stuff. Totally addictive.
This evening I noticed I had a baby snail. Not much maybe, but normally the fish will eat the eggs, so another success. And that's before you become fixated on LPS, and feeding them! Watching the Hermit Crabs stampede as they taste food on the bottom of the tank. Shrimp swaying in their hide outs, hanging upside down as though it's normal.

Oh, and you can add fish too.
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Re: new to saltwater tanks

Post by Anjiro on Thu 30 Aug 2012, 4:08 pm

Fish smish! Yeti gave you an idea. It's incredibly addictive! However, the diversity that you can discover over time in flora and fauna is more rewarding to me than any school of colorful fish.
This is one of my favorite tanks, it is an idea that I would love to pursue but I do not have the time or money to even properly begin at this time.
http://reefkeeping.com/joomla/index.php/current-issue/article/86-tank-of-the-month.

Sorry if I'm not supposed to post this. I am unsure of this forums rules as far as posting from other forums sites.

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