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    New Blue star....brownish poo coming out of tips of legs

    I bought a new blue star this weekend and this morning i noticed that some kind of brownish poo was comming out of the holes at the tip of it's legs. Is this serious? When i put it in the tank it moved about 10 inches to find refuge under a rock and stayed there. I hope it's not sick

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    Have you got a pic??
    It doesn't sound right to me.
    Maybe someone else can add to this.
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    Mike,

    This may be 2 things.

    Stars excrete their intestines in order to eat by envelopping the food and bringing it back into themselves.

    This is also a sign of when they are stressed and sometimes never recover. How long did you acclimate it to your tank? They should be acclimated VERY slowly to different conditions (ideally over 8 hours) and never be exposed to air. Did the LFS bag it under water, and did you inturn remove it from the bag under water?
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    Stars are very hard to keep in captivity i find, i have 2 in my tank 1 of them i've had for about 6 months, but a friend of mine has lost about 3 of them and there doesn't even seem to be anything wrong with his parameters, i saw one of them a few days after he got it and itwas just laying there and the stomach was all sunken in,
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    where did you buy it from??

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    how long did you aclimate the star?

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    sorry tang man didnt read your post

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    Stars have to absolutely be bought in excellant condition. It's not real easy to know if it is or not though. The only thing you can do is verify it for any blemishes or white patches. Make sure it is "full" looking and active. You can test if it active by flipping it over and if healthy, it will immediately start to right itself up again. Stars do not show any signs of dying until it is rather obvious, and then it's too late.
    It is an old wives tale that you can't expose them to air ( although obviously you have to use common sense with this). You can expose it to pick it up and plop it into your tank but don't keep it out for too long. I guess this misinformation somehow stemmed from the fact that sponges and tunicates absolutely should NOT be exposed to air and the actual reason for this is because they will rather quickly ingest air into their vascular system which is what holds their shape when under water. They have no skeletal structure so the water in their "veins", for lack of a better word, is what gives them their rigidity. When they have air trapped inside them, they usually can't readily rid the air and this causes their demise.
    I do agree however that they should be acclimated VERY long ( and it's important when doing a long acclimation to make sure the water stays at a proper temp too).

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    did you purchase from Eric?

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    I bought it at Nature. Like i said, i didn't want it...it was my gf's impatient behaviour thet bought it. Brad...the expert at the store said to drip it for 30 min and put it in.....biggest mistake i made of listening to him. It's dead now and next time i buy one i will know better. Hey x-link how's your tang doing? Is it growing....i bought one from erico this weekend.
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