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Old 10/06/2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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Does anyone sell asterina starfish online?

We had a tank full of asterina stars, so bought a harlequin shrimp. It ate a large sand sifting star, and has almost finished off the asterina stars. I keep seeing to get a chocolate chip starfish and cut off legs, and feed the shrimp that way. But I'd really rather have it eat the pests! If anyone knows where I can get asterina stars online, please let me know.


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Old 10/14/2018, 09:56 AM   #2
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That's very interesting to hear that a population of asterinas can be wiped out by a harlequin shrimp. I would have thought that they reproduce faster. From your experience, can you estimate how big a population could be sustainable?

I don't know of anyone selling them. I do occasionally see them in tanks at my LFSs. You might try yours. Good luck!


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Old 10/14/2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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asterias

best way is to try local reefers who have em in there tank offer to go and help pick out and see if u can get a steady collection of them ,


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Old 10/17/2018, 11:29 PM   #4
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If you rely purely on asterina's your shrimp will eventually starve to death because there isn't enough food on each asterina to sustain them for the amount of time spent hunting. People have had them starve to death in tanks with plenty of asterina left to eat. You really need to be providing them larger stars.


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Old 10/19/2018, 10:03 PM   #5
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If you rely purely on asterina's your shrimp will eventually starve to death because there isn't enough food on each asterina to sustain them for the amount of time spent hunting. People have had them starve to death in tanks with plenty of asterina left to eat. You really need to be providing them larger stars.
Yes this 100%... they don't eat the whole star... they only eat the feet. Asternia don't have enough meat to sustain them.
I hear if you keep more than 1 chocolate chip star (like 6 or something) and always rotate which one looses a leg, you'll never have to buy another star. But I am not a expert, in fact far from it. I've never owned a harlequin because I hate the idea of cutting legs off a live star. You can also cut a whole star up and keep it in the freezer feeding 1 leg at a time.

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Some people have issues getting their harlequins to eat already dead/frozen stars also, so that needs to be kept in mind. They are definitely NOT a beginner or even medium level invert. Need to make sure you can afford to buy them a star a week or so.

They are awesome animals but the feeding requirements is what keeps me from getting any, and I love unique inverts far more than fish and coral, lol. I hate seeing people think they are just fancy pest control. I bet a huge number of them die because of that.


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