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    Jun 2005

    Question Star fish

    What is the best star fish for a 20g? (If any?) I need something that stays small.(and is reef safe)
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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    Senior Member StephG's Avatar
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    The smallest starfish (in the aquarium trade) are the red linkia ... but I dunno if it will stay small enough for a 20G. You should try reading up on them. I wanted one for my 10G but from what I read it was a no no in a tank that small.

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    Senior Member reefmutt's Avatar
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    the linkias won't live very long in such a small tank- not enough natural foods.
    You should look at serpant or bristle starfish- they can get pretty big but that is not a problem as they are only detrivors and will scavange around for bits of uneaten food and fish poo- and will not go after the corals or fish (except for the green bristle star which should not be added to a reef with small fish)

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    Senior Member Bram's Avatar
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    Maybe a chocolatechip starfish...
    you can feed them manually by shoving food underneath, it's really cool because if they are on the glass when you do it you can see it being digested!
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    I have two small red fromia starfish, most get only 6 inches and feed primarly on sponges.

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    reefmutt: Won't serpant or bristle starfish also eat the beneficial stuff in my sand bed? If not so.......witch one do you recommend.

    Bram: I think that chocolatechip starfish are nor not reef safe.

    aquariumgirl: I read that red fromia can actually be starving for more then a year before they die.
    P.S. I'm french so I never make any typos......they are actual mistakes :sorry:
    I'm not in a rush.....but I am on a budget! :bigcry:

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