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Tomafguy
09/23/2017, 10:24 PM
Hello, I was wondering what you guys think of this. I was cleaning my sump out and noticed a few of these little guys, are they baby starfish? Now I did have a red fromia a few months back, but it sort of "disintegrated" when my friend was babysitting my tank while I was in Europe for a few weeks (he screwed up on the salinity levels) anywho, I didn't think starfish really reproduced in captivity anyway, but I cant think what else these little suckers are, they look exactly like small starfish. They are really small, like, the size of this emoji lol :spin1: Thanks for any input you may have.

Tomafguy
09/24/2017, 12:10 AM
So I guess I just found the answer lol. Asterina star, well, as of now I've only seen a few, and only in the sump, so I guess I'll take a wait and see approach. Won't be grabbing any harlequin shrimp yet lol.

mathman7728
09/30/2017, 07:43 AM
I would remove them ASAP. some say they cause no harm but I had them and they ate all good algae, which threw off the balance in the tank...took forever to recover! get rid of them either by hand or harlequin shrimp.

Subsea
10/03/2017, 06:12 AM
As in everything, it is a question of balance. I prefer the micro stars that are translucent. They make excellant detrivores.

Harlequin eat asterina with a relish. A friend had an overflow weir back to tank. A harlequin lived in the tank but would feast on the edges of the overflow. It was neat to watch him feed.

Tomafguy
10/06/2017, 09:37 PM
As it stands I don't want to pick up a harrliquin because I've only seen a few asterina stars and the shrimp would likely go through them quick. Plus I'd like to get another blue linkia.

Ron Reefman
10/08/2017, 04:17 AM
As it stands I don't want to pick up a harrliquin because I've only seen a few asterina stars and the shrimp would likely go through them quick. Plus I'd like to get another blue linkia.

I'll only offer this advise: Unless you have been in the hobby for years, have a large and very mature tank and know what you are doing (you didn't know what an asterina star was when you saw it), please don't get a blue linkia star. IMHO, 90% of them, or more, are condemned to death when bought and it happens in less than a few months.