Easiest (reefsafe and not) starfish to care for?

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    LittleVictoriaReef Newbie is a fair assmnt.

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    Hey guys! I would like a pretty starfish for my tank (not a brittle, they creep me out). However, I would like one that is fairly hardy.
    My one tank has a lot of coral in it, and the other only has some crabs (including a giant one) and an evil damsel.

    ideas? thnx
     
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    Aquarian

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    Chocolate chip star not reef safe
     
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    d2mini VIP Member

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    Serpent stars are reef safe and a good scavenger. No additional feeding necessary.
     
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    ReeferRob

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    Most Fromia and Linckia stars are safe and very brightly colored. As always you should monitor them when you first add them to a tank just to make sure they are OK in your system.
     
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    Sand Sifting Sea Star (Astropecten polycanthus)
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    This one is not a good choice and better left in the ocean.
     
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    I agree 100%
     
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    Jordan

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    Why is that? Not being smart, I am genuinely curious.
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Astrenia stars. They are safe
     
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    salt_for_brains Alabama Reefer VIP Member

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    @Jordan The potential is very high for it to eat the fauna in your sand bed and starve itself out. Just not worth the hassle. If you want the sand bed cleaned throw some nassarius snails in there.
     
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    They very quickly deplete the sand bed of beneficial micro fauna, then die.
     
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    The sand sifting star will quickly clean your sand bed until there is nothing left to eat then starve to death. They will spend all their time burrowed under the sand and you will never see them.
     
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    mariobrothersleeve squirrel

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    Wow, did you all discuss this before answering? Must be the right answer if 3 say the same. ;-)
     
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    bjohanson1234 .........

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    Some of us have been here a while and have personal experience with these guys. Mine lasted about 2 months...
     
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    Mine didn't last long either.
     
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    Choco is really easy, I had one for years.. once I got coral he had to go though.
     
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    I have had a striped serpent for years with no problems
     
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