Urgent is this a reef compatible star fish??

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    here is the pic attached
     

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    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    The picture is a little fuzzy but a good rule of thumb (not rule of wrist -for you movie buffs out there;) ) is that if the starfish has horns or spikes on it that it isnt good for a reef tank.
     
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    Mr. Bill Native Floridian

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    Another good rule to follow is that if it has thick legs/heavy body, it most likely preys on corals or inverts.

    Two major problems with adding an unknown starfish to your reef-

    1) Starfish are a lot like nunibranchs in that there are so many species, and most have dietary needs that simply cannot be met in the home aquarium. Many of the rest feed on our other pets.

    2) If it does survive, it will most likely grow large enough to become destructive by causing damage or injury to other inverts while moving about.
     
  5. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    it has tanticles on the top of its body. it dosent have any horns.
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    i just saw, when the tanticles touched the yellow zoa, it closed but then again opened after the tanticles moved. ( shape looks like Cushion Star)
     
  7. leighton1245

    leighton1245 Horrid Stonefish

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    If it is a cushion star i would remove it from your tank they eat coral and inverts. Starfish (Cushion) -- Exploring Nature Educational Resource
     
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  9. Atticus818

    Atticus818 Eyelash Blennie

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    It does look quite a bit like a cushion star.
     
  10. schackmel

    schackmel Giant Squid

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    yeah i would say it is a cushion star and that it is NOT reef safe. Cool looking star though!
     
  11. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    thanks guys, its still 1.25"
     
  12. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    hey i dont wana remove this starfish so can i keep it in an acrylic intank hollow hanging box inside the tank(i have 1 spare)? what should i feed it? i just gave it freeze dry shrimp which i feed my crab tank but its not eating it.