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    Senior Member RaceFaceR1's Avatar
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    Help to ID a star (picture)

    I found a couple of these in my tank... There about 5mm..
    (I'll try to get a better pic)




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    Asterina sp. star.

    Some are reefsafe, some aren't because they eat coral...
    Impossible to tell which are the bad ones though until you see them on the base of a coral.
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Senior Member RaceFaceR1's Avatar
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    thanks... I'll keep a eye one them...

    If I can find them that is... (so small) Do you know if they get bigger?

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    They will stay that size, however will reproduce A LOT.
    They reproduce mainly via fission (splitting) into other stars. That's why you see some missing arms, larger arms, etc..
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    I have two of these in my tank at work....there was only 1 for a long time. Guess it split.
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    Even if you see one on a coral base or near it..., don't panic and yank it out!! Only if you see some tissue damage on a coral you have seen it on, should you pull it out. All the other good ones are mainly algae and various biofilm eaters. In otherwords, are a good art of your cleanup crew. I have "many" of them in my tank and sumps and they are mostly on the rock and glass all the time.

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    Senior Member RaceFaceR1's Avatar
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    Seems like they hang out on the glass mostly...

    Thanks for all the info!



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    I agree with Toutouche. My reef is full of them and they've never done any harm. I remember a Ron Shimek post about them from a long time ago saying there are a LOT of different stars that look like this and only a very few are harmful.
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    Is it possible to id the bad ones. I have a ton of them but 2 of them are blueish on the top and seem to like going on my corals.

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    I have them as well. The advice above is correct, some are coarl predators and the rest are not. If you see them on a coral simply remove them.

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