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Old 06-24-2005, 04:31 PM
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My starfish has lost 2 legs in the couple of weeks that I have had it. He keeps working and it doesn't seem to bother him. I'm thinking that this is normal and that's just how they grow. Am I right? It's a sandstar just incase you need to know.
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Old 06-24-2005, 04:39 PM
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what size tank do you have? how deep is the sand? how old is he? is he actually falling apart or are his legs just missing. if his main trunk is showing signs of stress ie flaky skin or mushy spots he's prolly dying. if his legs are missing then he will grow them back in a while. if their missing did something eat them
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Starfish are very susceptable (sp?) to fluctuations in salinity. This is typically the cause of their demise. Unfortunately it takes a while to show.

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I would say it depends. Starfish will "drop" legs when stressed. Those legs should grow back and the dropped legs may grow into new starfish. If the starfish is going "south" it will deteriorate over time and is a protein bomb if it dies. Keep an eye on it and if it looks like it is suffering, get it out of the tank fast. Starfish are very strong and disease resistant but once they get attacked, they almost never recover.

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Sorry, It's his legs. When I got him he was missing one and now another one is looking like it may be coming off too. He looks very healthy.....to me anyway. Salinity is 1.024. Tank is 55 gallon sand is about 2 inches or more.
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If it's a linkia they really don't like ph swings.
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no i don't think it is. I just know it's a sand star
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i could be wrong but you may not have enough sand for him. i had two in a 55 with about 6" of sand and still only one survived. he does seem to go through at least the top 4" of the sand bed. he always seems to be serching for something to eat.
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Mine tends to stay more to the top of the sand. I could add more. Do I need to use LS again or can I go cheap this time?
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Live sand would be best as they eat the critters etc.. in your live sand. Try to find VERY good live sand with lots of life in it. They are not great for a sand bed by the way. If your tank isnt very old and your bed isnt very deep it's most likely starving.
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I didn't know that it had to be a certain depth. Good to know. Wish I knew that before and glad I know it now cause I was going to get another one. How do I know if it has alot of life in it. Is it a way that it looks or is it a certain brand?

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Live sand would be best as they eat the critters etc.. in your live sand. Try to find VERY good live sand with lots of life in it. They are not great for a sand bed by the way. If your tank isnt very old and your bed isnt very deep it's most likely starving.
What are they good for if they arent good for a sand bed?
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Hehe-They tend to eat all the beneficial life from a sandbed.
They do stir it up but they also strip it.
When a DSB is recommended for an animal it usually means 4-6" deep. Some things require more-some less.
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Wow, we took some of our sand out when we started because we thought it was to much. Guess I should have left it. Is there anything else I can feed it in the mean time? I thought they were algae eaters.
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Theres lots of info on them here:
http://www.wetwebmedia.com/sndsftstrfaqs.htm
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