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Red Sea Star (Fromia milleporella)

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First off yes I tried the search option but couldn't really find what I was looking for.

 

Has anyone ever been able to successfully keep a Red Sea Star (Fromia milleporella) longer than two months?

 

My GF thought they were "cute" and decided to come home with one. The tank is a BC29 and has been setup for a little over three months now. It seems that I am getting the same result as many other members here. I acclimated the sea star for 2 hours before finally adding it to the tank. Within a couple days it started to deteriorate.

 

Is there anything I can do to save it?

If it can't be saved, are they even possible to keep alive for longer than two months?

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If it's starting to deteriorate, take it out and throw it away. There's nothing you can do. It's entirely possible to keep them longer than 2 months, but the only people who have succeeded have very large, established tanks.

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Once my tank is more mature and established should I even consider trying it again or should I just move along?

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banshee   

Get brittle stars! Pretty cool, helpful, and don't seem to die as often! ;)

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....I've had mine for about two months and only temp acclimated released underwater. I feed it nori. Its a happy wanderer. And has gotten bigger since I added it. It is a red marbled fromia

 

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Make sure you buy an iodide test kit and keep it up at 0.06ppm. My critters will use that in two days if I do not dose daily - iodide doesn't get replenished enough with waterchanges

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banshee   

Deckoz, where do you get an iodide test kit and which brand do you use?

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21093r53   

Salifert has best kit, Elos is next and brs has them that's where I got mine. Salifert tests for iodine and iodide.

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I use the red sea iodide test but like stated above the salifert tests both and is just as accurate

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boxboy   

I did have the red froma star before in my 46g. lived ther for 10 months before I sold it. I did have lots of alege in the tank tho.

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boxboy   
you didnt take it out of the water did you? they are intolerant of oxygen

 

Never take them out of water.

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.....mine walks out of water...then walks back in.. >.< interesting

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you didnt take it out of the water did you? they are intolerant of oxygen

Better take it to the moon then. There's oxygen in water

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cmon now... no need for that :slap:

I didn't mean it as an attack on you. Just thought I'd correct it so some noob doesn't go around telling everyone oxygen kills starfish.

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boxboy   
.....mine walks out of water...then walks back in.. >.< interesting

 

Mine did this too time to time. I mean dont take it out of water for any reason unless its really needed. if it does leave water on its own. not much we can do.

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I only took it out of the water to throw it away...

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how was it "deteriorating"? I always feel bad taking animals out...especially inverts lol...cause you can't always tell if theyre really dead yet lol

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