Baby Starfish

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    robeterl

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    For weeks I have had one of those baby starfish. I didn't think it was an issue since my wife loves him. This morning however I found an additional two starfish. My questions are:

    Is this a sign of things to come?

    Is this a bad thing, and if so what can I do about this?

    Water Parameters

    Salinity: 1.025
    pH: 8.4
    NH3:0
    NO2:0
    NO3:0
     
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    little_fish Moderator

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    The baby starfish is actually an asternia (sp?) starfish. They wont get any bigger and in some tanks they can become a pest eating soft corals.
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    I read somewhere there were a couple differnet species of the asternia, one that was totally harmless and one that MIGHT eat soft corals but generally it is the harmless species found in our tanks. I have a lot of them and have never seen any issues with mine.
     
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    I think what happens is that they run out of the film algae they normally eat, and then turn to eating corals. I had no problems with them for a long time, but then I had a huge population and no algae to speak of and then they started eating my corals.
     
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    But how would they reproduce if there was only one???
     
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    chichimom79 reef junkie

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    division or budding
     
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    Cheeser I Love Reefer

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    harlequin shrimp are good at hunting them down if they take over ur tank. but after they run out of starfish the shrimp will die because...that's all they eat...starfish.
     
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    Hi I just saw your post are the stars grey and white ?
     
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    yes, more white
     
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    They are a pest. Not a dangerous one but still a pest.I picked every single one out with tweezers. It took months and you really gotta be vigilante. The come out moreso at night.
     
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