Baby Starfish?

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  1. Seppish

    Seppish Fire Worm

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    I am completely unsure about this but is this a bay starfish? It was on my glass after I had moved some rock around. The first pick is it by itself, the second is my pinky finger next to it, and the third is a penny. It is tiny but looks just like a starfish. Please tell me what your opinion is, or if you have seen anything like this before.
     

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  3. Seppish

    Seppish Fire Worm

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    I meant to say baby starfish not "bay" sorry bout that...
     
  4. super311fan

    super311fan Plankton

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    Asterina star (spelling?), as far as I know they're reef safe and good to have in the tank.
     
  5. evojoe67

    evojoe67 Aiptasia Anemone

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    just noticed one on my glass, this morning!! should we start handing out cigars?LOL.
     
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    reef_guru Humpback Whale

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    there are two different types, one eats corals and the other doesnt. nobody as far as i know, knows how to tell them apart. these starfish are a pest, they dont need another starfish to multiply, they just split in two. the can over take your tank. in my experience its best to rid of them.
    http://www.3reef.com/forums/coral-h...-getting-mowed-asterina-starfish-33881-2.html
     
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    Godbert Montipora Capricornis

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    argan Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    There are more than just two types. Many different species inhabit reef aquariums. Try to observe it feeding.
     
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  11. super311fan

    super311fan Plankton

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    A search on WWM says most are harmless but some do chow on SPS. I guess I'm fortunate enough that none of mine eat my coral.
     
  12. Seppish

    Seppish Fire Worm

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    Thanks for the info! I was excited when I saw it, now I'm not so sure, I just hope I don't get a huge outbreak of them. Will it get bigger?