starfish melting away?

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  1. chonchboy5

    chonchboy5 Astrea Snail

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    Hey all dont know if im in the proper forum for this but here goes. Noticed last night that my starfish on all 5 arms the flesh was missing. looked like skeletal arms. I thought was dead but was curious and left it because it was still attached to the glass. This mornig i noticed it had moved accross the tank still attacged to the glass. so still alive right? has anyone encountered this? parameters are ok just that with this heatwave temperature been up to 85 deg i know too high but would this cause the issue with the star? or some other disease. I will try to post a pic later tonight (not at home at the moment). any imput would be appreciated thanks
    Anthony
     
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  3. Kristiavi

    Kristiavi Coral Banded Shrimp

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    Is something picking at it? A fish or invert?
     
  4. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Kindly list your parameters, they may yield clues to the problem.
     
  5. chonchboy5

    chonchboy5 Astrea Snail

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    will post parameters with the picture when i get home. maybe the cleaner shrimp or blood shrimp pickin on it but havent noticed that.
     
  6. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

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    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
    What kind of star fish please?
     
  7. chonchboy5

    chonchboy5 Astrea Snail

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    Red indo star (i think) have had him since january
    doing param check will post results!





    Red Fromia Starfish
    this is the name i foud for it
     
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  9. Va Reef

    Va Reef Giant Squid

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    Yes, how quickly did it go up to 85? A rapid change in parameters can be fatal, IMO. Also what size tank and how long has it been established?
     
  10. SushiGirl

    SushiGirl Barracuda

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    I would guess the temperature, but the other parameters would help. Also whether it's been eating or not.
     
  11. chonchboy5

    chonchboy5 Astrea Snail

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    parameters: salinity 1.025
    Temp 84
    Alk 10dkh
    Amonia 0
    Nitrite 0
    Nitrate 20 (always been arround 20)
    ph 7.8 (again always been a little low for cant get it to stay at 8)
    phosphate .5
    Calcium 460
    these results have been typical for my setup and tank has been running for 1y and a half.
     

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  12. chonchboy5

    chonchboy5 Astrea Snail

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    its still haingin in there! hopefully it will come arround