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Star Fish Help.

Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by Sorted7, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. Sorted7

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    DD4C37D6-93D9-4F03-9A8A-095003479975.png Hi, i have a 67l Nano tank with only a couple of fish, clean up crew and corals. I brought a starfish some time ago and have forgotten the name of it, I haven’t seen it since but now and then see the odd tentical coming out of the rocks. It wasn’t the normal star it one that has a small round body and long legs/tenticals. I was looking at my tank today and noticed a tentical coming from the rocks, it looks a lot bigger then when I got it and was wondering if some could identify the star I am describing and tell me if it is ok in my tank. All help would be greatful. I don’t know what I would do without this website as it’s helped me out so much.
     
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    Sounds like it maybe a brittle star you have,
    That looks more like a bristle worm than a starfish but it could be just the blurry picture
     
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    Bristle worm
     
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    Hi, that’s just what it looked like. And I’ve just googled the brittle starfish and that is what I brought. This may sound like a really silly question but Where would the worm have come from?. I know the star lost a tentical after a month of having it but this isn’t possible is it. Thanks again for help
     
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    Bristle worms just arrive, they come on live rock, coral Frags, just about anything you add to your tank.
    The vast majority of tanks will have them.
    Only a problem when they get big.
     
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    Ok, are they any harm to the tank and the things in the tank?.
     
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    They’re scavengers so good clean up crew, although other people’s opinions may differ. I’ve heard of people say big ones can kill sleeping fish but that’s just hearsay,
    Shine a red light into your tank well after dark and you’ll probably see lots of them, as well as a whole host of other weird creatures.
     
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    Oh well really that’s amazing I will do that tonight. Just looking in there now I’ve notice a tube worm on a rock I brought! I’ve only been doing marine nearly a year and every day amazes me. My clown today has also started laying on my fuzzy green mushroom! I thought it was dead lol, but am I correct in saying it has started to host it.
     
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    Sounds like it :ARMS1::ARMS1:
     
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    That’s good. Thank you again so much for your advice and help. I appreciate it so much.
     
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