View Poll Results: POLL: how long did you successfully keep a starfish

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  • < 1 month

    3 16.67%
  • ~2 - 3 months

    0 0%
  • ~4 - 5 months

    1 5.56%
  • ~6 - 7 months

    1 5.56%
  • ~8 - 9 months

    3 16.67%
  • ~10 - 11 months

    1 5.56%
  • ~12 - 15 months

    3 16.67%
  • ~16 - 19 months

    1 5.56%
  • ~20 - 24 months

    1 5.56%
  • > 2 years

    6 33.33%
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  1. #1
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    POLL: how long have you successfully kept starfishes

    Hi,

    Reading Yukonchick's post picked my curiosity as to how long have you been generally able to keep your starfish alive and looking happy.

    i've had a red fromia for 8months and a blue linkia for ~9-10months.

    I have opened the multiple choice awnsers.. so I will select 8 and 10.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    i assume you are talking about fromia and linckia species specifically??

    unfortunately these species do not survive long in captivity and should only be attempted in larger mature systems. even then the survival rate is very low as their sole food is a bio scum / film that we cannot see or provide the creature.

    i tried a purple linckia ( Linckia teres ) a while ago, thinking i had a big enough established system and had the same result as you, ~8 months

    IMO the only stars that should be kept in a reef are brittle and serpent ( not the green ones ), they are scavengers that usually thrive.

    hopefully someone else has a success story to share.
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    i'm talking about all kinds.. and thats exactly the kind of feedback I wanted to hear ! A+ bud

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
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    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I'll echo A4's comments.

    The black brittle star in my tank at work has been in there since the Blackout (2002?). And before that Blackout, I kept one for around 4 years.

    I have one that is now a year old at home (tank started summer of 2007).

    I've never, ever, been able to keep a fromia or linkia more than a few months.

    I didn't vote, because IMO you can't lump all starfish species together.

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    well then my vote is 8 - 9 months for my linckia and 2 years for my serpent and he's still happy
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    2.5 years with a blue linkia.

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    i've had my blue linkia for over 3years now too

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    wow.. what is your secret !?

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    Quality livestock! Bought mine from someone named IJO ?!?

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    I really think it depends on the species..
    Not sure how long the former owner had the brittle star before I got him but I've kept the notorious chocolate chip stars for about a year and there was another that came with the 55..so two chocolate chips are fine, brittle is not.
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