Starfish?

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  1. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    As far as I can tell it's a leg off a starfish I found crawling over my baffle in my sump.
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  3. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    I took it outo but I'm a little concerned about where the rest of it may be.
     
  4. cody3819

    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    It looks like a astrea starfish and that is how they reproduce. They will split, I have them in my tank. Some people say they are good and others say they don't like them. They can reproduce somewhat fast and people believe they can become a eye sore.
     
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  5. Murball7

    Murball7 Bristle Worm

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    I figured that's what it was, just the size of the arm was about 5/16"-3/8". I've never seen one get that big before.
     
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    cody3819 Bubble Tip Anemone

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    Well they have a multitude of species of starfish..... So it may not be that? It's very hard to pin the exact species. Maybe someone with more experience can help.
     
  7. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Throw them in your sump.
     
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  9. Eco Marine Reef

    Eco Marine Reef Astrea Snail

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    Like Cody3819 stated, there are a multitude of species. Some good and some bad. Just keep an eye on your Acans, Euphyllia, Lobos, or any of your other LPS corals. I have found that these pesky starfish can alter the health of your LPS corals. In my own experience, I have seen that these starfish will cause your LPS corals to close up a little and possible even cause them to randomly recede. Additionally, if left untouched the starfish have the potential to completely kill your LPS frags/colonies. No one likes to lose any of their prized corals, so just keep a watchful eye on these guys.
     
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