I cut my starfish in half :-/ (on purpose)

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  1. jdameli1

    jdameli1 Torch Coral

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    Very cool, in marine bio we cut planaria so it sprouted 2 heads

    I've also done quite a few star dissections but I think I'd be too afraid!
     
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  3. DaDaAtlanta

    DaDaAtlanta Feather Star

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    YOU MONSTER! jkin, nice work, glad it worked out and hope they do great!
     
  4. ezz1r

    ezz1r Feather Star

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    No Guts! No Gory! you have both....LOL thanks for sharing ....


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  5. makeshiftcrew

    makeshiftcrew Gigas Clam

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    i was thinking about doing this with my green sea seprent...i did alittle research...what did you use to cut it? i was thinking about an exacto knife
     
  6. dellyjoe

    dellyjoe Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    wow this is really cool. i did not know that people cut there starfish to let them regrow.
    how long do you think this will take?
     
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    Looks like you done did it right!
     
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  9. dellyjoe

    dellyjoe Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    OK i need to know. that i was told that when you cut a starfish do they grow all five of there lags back or do they just grown one more back.


    and another question that just came up. the only reason to do this is so you can now have 2 starfish right?
    or does it do something other then that.
     
  10. blumoon reefers

    blumoon reefers Millepora

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    I am curious as to why you would do this? I am not judging in anyway and I am glad to see that you did your research. I just don't see the reason for it.....I mean, we all frag our corals (which are living creatures) but usually that is due to combat overgrowth or to start a new colony in someone else's tank ($). I was just wondering why you did it.
     
  11. demonkegman

    demonkegman Astrea Snail

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    ok answers....

    1. i did this to learn... i can easily buy another one, but i want to grow and learn in the salt water world, and the only way is to go balls deep and try it.

    2. I cut it with a pair of Hair cutting (very sharp) scissors... note, the star was very hard to cut!!! like very hard.... and lucky i did it right but maybe next time I'd use something different...

    3. i only cut it in half.. I guess technically you can cut it into 5 pieces, but i have no idea as to how many legs would grow back... if 5 complete starfish would grow... But I read that a "segment" needs a decent portion of the mouth go survive....

    4. I don't know how long it will take to grow completely whole again, BUT i read that i might take around 3 months....

    (UPDATE) day 2, both segments are still moving around and looks like they are eating.... the inside where i cut that was exposed looks a little bit better like it's starting to some what heal... so we will see how it goes.

    THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR YOU INTEREST AND OPEN MINDEDNESS!!!! This is a new prossess for me and all of you, and someone's gotta do it lol, so bare with me and check back for picturezs!! If I end up failing this project, well at sorry... hahaha trial and error..
     
  12. dellyjoe

    dellyjoe Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    thanks demonkegman
     
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