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Hitchhiker starfish, too big to be an Asterina?

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Grantp611

Hey everyone, need some help with an an id for a pretty large starfish that appeared in my moms tank. Wanted to know if it was reef safe or if she should get rid of it or banish it to the sump. He is about the size of a thumbnail. Thanks in advance! 

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Joevember

Looks like an asterina, not too big.

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Grantp611
2 hours ago, Joevember said:

Looks like an asterina, not too big.

Ok thanks! Never seen one that big or even thought they got that big. Would a big one like that be more prone to nibble on coral? Should it just be removed just in case?

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ReefCap

Asterina, burn with fire even if it doesn’t touch your corals or else you’ll have 1000 in no time 

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Joevember
48 minutes ago, ReefCap said:

Asterina, burn with fire even if it doesn’t touch your corals or else you’ll have 1000 in no time 

Most of the time they aren't bad. In large numbers they are a great CUC. There are only a few species that acutally harm stuff in your tank.

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Grantp611

Thank you all for the input! A close eye will be kept on him for now if anything suspicious happens he’ll go to the sump. Thanks again!

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