Is my chocolate chip starfish dying/dead?

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    +1 Waddi

    Starfish are also extremely sensitive to copper and nitrates, both of with are found in tap water which it sounds like you used to make your saltwater with.

    Also, CCSF are not reef safe and will more than likely eat any corals or small fish your put in there.
     
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    Wow, how could it eat a small fish?

    Hey, that's my cc sea star's name.

    Reading all of this is making me really nervous. I mean, my cc sea star seems to be doing fine (not very active) but I didn't even acclimate him and my nitrates are a little high (20-30 ppm). :frustrat: Ugh, I've learned so much lately...
     
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    ok so I bought a test the
    Ammonia is 0 ppm (mg/L)
    Nitrate (NO3) 0 ppm (mg/L)
    Total Hardness 150 said 300 was ideal ppm (mg/L)
    Total Alkalinity 40 to 80 was very close ppm (mg/L)
    and pH was 5.5

    there are the numbers you guys tell me what you think
     
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    If you bought all live rock, and you didnt let it dry out, you might be able to squeak by and not have a cycle. However, you are probably going to see a small one.

    I would highly highly highly suggest you start doing some research on your new hobby. This is not a great way to start.
     
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    Just me or is that extremely low?? I thought it had to be close to 8??!
     
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    I was reading it wrong the pH was at 8.2
     
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    I didn't use any tap what so ever bought two five gallon things of "Real Ocean Water" that was already made and the pH was approx 8.3 per bag I thought about mixing my own but I said NO WAY! I'd F**** that up for sure hahaha
     
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    We went ahead and added a "Yellow Tail Damsel, and a Purple Flame Goby"
    Both are doing quit well :D
     
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    2 days old and you just got two fish??? What, are you mad???
     
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    All, i have to say is good luck. This might work, probably wont.
     
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    I am new to having saltwater tanks......
    I have one that my chocolate chip starfish died.....
    We tested the voltage....and it spiked up.
    We found the heater was the problem but only by half.....any other suggestions????
     
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    Put a grounding probe in your tank
     
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    What is a grounding probe?? Do you get these at the pet store???'

    Thanks for your help!!!!
     
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    what does only by half mean? And I agree about putting a grounding probe in the tank, but that isn't a permanent solution, you obviously should still replace the heater. the voltage is still in the tank, you are just letting it bleed to ground now.
     
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    We replaced the heater and have a probe on order for delivery!!!!
    Thanks for all your help!!!!
     
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    no problem, this hobby has the potential to be extremely frustrating if you dont have access to those who have made the mistakes before.
     
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