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    Smallest reefsafe star fish

    Hey all,

    I'm setting up a 10G and I was wondering what the smallest reefsafe starfish is? I've seen the red sea star that can grow up to 5 inches but I was wondering if there's anything smaller than that. I will also have a sump that's about 4 gallons so my total water is ~14 gallons.

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    Steph

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    Marble sea star is smaller and will grow only to 3".

    However, a small tank like yours is not good for the starfish as there will be not enough algae/food for them.

    I had one red seastar in a 15G tank and a marble sea star in another 15G tank. They both passed away probably due to insuffieient food. One lived for about 8 months and the other only lived for about 4 weeks.

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    Thanks for the advice. I really wanted one ... I think I'll wait for a bigger tank

    Anyone else have an opinion on this?

    Thanks,

    Steph

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    I know they are very tempting and that's why I made the mistakes.

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    Apoon is giving you good advice. That tank is waaaay too small. These guys need lots of rockwork to forage on.

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    Get Micro Stars. I have a bunch of them in one of my tanks. They're tiny, but cool...always moving around and they're benificial. You could have 10 or 15 in a 10g without any problems.
    James...

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