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Achilles
01-13-2011, 04:47 PM
i cant figure out what this.

steveb
01-13-2011, 04:59 PM
Looks like asterina stars. Some say they are a pest some don't. I have a few in my tank - they haven't seemed to bother anything. Just google the name its real common.

DustinB
01-13-2011, 05:04 PM
Mine weren't a pest for a long time, then a year later they started eating my zoas.

gabe_j
01-13-2011, 05:05 PM
once they become a pest... you buy a harliquin shrimp they are cool.

DustinB
01-13-2011, 05:09 PM
I've been trying, not much luck locally... Trying to get a xmas wrasse too.

Achilles
01-13-2011, 05:09 PM
thanks iv been picking them out but the more i pic out the more i find

Achilles
01-13-2011, 05:12 PM
What will eat them? So I can get get them out.

DustinB
01-13-2011, 05:16 PM
A harlequin shrimp will "likely" eat them, not 100% guaranteed though. The bad thing about a harelquin shrimp is if you want to keep it after it's done with the asterinas, you have to keep feeding it starfish as that is the only thing they eat.

Most people buy a chocolate chip starfish and cut off a leg at a time to feed the shrimp. Feeding the starfish a good meaty diet will allow it to grow the limb back somewhat quickly.

Achilles
01-13-2011, 05:22 PM
Thanks I was starting to get mad. they showed up yesterday and so far iv picked out 19 of them.