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Several people have argued that these starfish are harmless, but we have yet to find any that will not eat coral polyps. It is our recommendation that if you discover this type of starfish in your reef aquarium that you remove it as soon as possible. We have documented these type of starfish eating small polyp stony corals, Xenia , green stars, and several types of soft leather corals.
Add red or green micro algae to the aquarium. This will help to feed the starfish. Sea grass can also be added to aquarium.
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Starfish are great additions to your saltwater aquarium because they usually move around the bottom of the aquaruum where there is sand. This is beneficial to all living creatures in the fish tank because disturbing the sand means oxygen is being circulated, which means the bacteria growing there will have more oxygen to power them, in turn increasing the chances of eliminating the threat of nitirites and ammonia. This makes the starfish a beneficial member of your aquarium, which means you should know how to feed a starfish in a salt water aquarium to take care of them. In this article, we'll discuss the proper feeding of starfish in a saltwater aquarium. The bottom line: Generally speaking, I would dissuade most hobbyists from introducing these starfish to their aquariums.
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This article covers a range of sea stars kept in aquaria, including the deliberate and incidental imports, the decorative and nuisance, or predatory, ones alike. The proper care of sea stars has long been an area of the hobby in need of improvement. It pains me to see fellow aquarists innocently add these animals to variously themed tanks with hardly a thought for what these creatures eat or need to survive. Many folks assume that "starfish" are simply deposit feeders that will somehow find what they need by grazing about the tank. In fact, very few sea stars can live wholly on the incidental matter that grows or collects in aquarium systems. Moreover, very few aquariums are even capable of growing enough food matter, by weight, to sustain even a single Asteroid (more about classes and groups below). In traditional "garden reef keeping," most of us strive to limit nutrients and nuisance algae by underfeeding and the use of skimmers, other grazers (such as snails, tangs, and urchins) and the cultivation of dominating coralline algae species. This tends to produce "lean" rocks and sand without much soft matter for a sea star to graze upon. In aquariums where suitable food matter does grow for surface-grazing sea stars, insufficient surface area, and hence food, per starfish is oftentimes a limiting factor. Undersized aquaria or overstocked tanks will not produce an adequate supply of potential food matter. The sobering reality about sea stars is that many slowly starve to death within a couple of years, if not mere months, of importation. Making the matter worse, a significant number of collected stars do not survive the importation process to reach a consumer's tank. To be clear, I do not mean to criticize the keeping of sea stars at large. Rather, it is my intent is to acquaint fellow aquarists with some potentially surprising realities about the collection, handling and keeping of these fascinating animals with hope for a more conscientious and responsible use of this group. Starfish are also big fans of sponges, so it would be good if you include some sponges into your aquarium. Some people choose to put frozen sponges in the aquarium, but some starfish prefer food that are not frozen.Starfish are grazers, which means they gather food near the bottom of the reef aquarium. As scavengers, they eat whatever food reaches the bottom of the aquarium, including leftover fish food and small organic matter that may have accumulated on the sand bed. Most starfish breeds can eat anything from fish flakes to pieces that have fallen of fish. If none of these morsels are available at the bottom of the aquarium, you do not have to worry because what starfish really eat usually are algae.Because feeding starfish is not very complicated, it is not a big issue for you in terms of taking care of your pet starfish. The important consideration in taking care of a starfish is the condition of the entire fish tank ecosystem itself. Starfish can only thrive in aged saltwater aquariums, which means your aquarium should have already established a balanced biological order first before starfish can be introduced to it.