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    Sandstar feeding difficulties...

    Hello all, new to the forums and just love the info here. Great collection of stuff.

    Not sure where to have posted this so mods please feel free to move it.

    I have aquired a sandstarfish recently. Basically it burries itself in the sand, is a dusty white and yellow with the odd black spot. The starfish started doing off great but has recently taken to loosing his legs slowly.

    It almost looks as if he is digesting them from the inside. I also have tried to feed him all the normal starfishy foods like scallop, mussel, and the odd shrimp but he wants no part of them. He actually avoids them in the tank.

    My concern is that he is either sick or I am not feeding him properly. I am also in the process of changing my lighting, perhaps he needs more actinic spectrum. The nitrates are low and he doesn't seem to respond to water changes.

    Please help me save my starfish!
    The rule of no realm is mine, but all worthy things
    that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care.
    And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task
    if anything passes through this night that can still
    grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come.
    Far I too am a steward. Did you not know?

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    Underway,

    First of all,



    Now that we got you officially welcomed, I'll say my part in this. It's probably not what you want to hear.

    Your sand sifting star is dying of starvation. It feeds on benthic life in the sand, thus why it buries itself. When it starts losing arms, it is usually too late.

    In order for you to be able to provide for it's nutritional needs, you need a THRIVING sandbed (over a year old), and more-over, lots of open sand that is not covered by rock.

    Even in such a system, it normally depletes your sandbed of lifeforms that you actually need for a thriving eco-system.

    I know you didn't want to hear that, but that's just the way it is....
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    I was afraid of something like that. I do have the amount of sand needed with little rock (mainly a fish aquarium) but I don't think the benthos is very diverse.

    sigh

    Well thank you for the wonderful welcome!! And thank you for the advice. Great site, I'm trolling around daily and poaching ideas.
    The rule of no realm is mine, but all worthy things
    that are in peril as the world now stands, those are my care.
    And for my part, I shall not wholly fail in my task
    if anything passes through this night that can still
    grow fair or bear fruit and flower again in days to come.
    Far I too am a steward. Did you not know?

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