Sand Sifting Starfish

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    SoccerPro522

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    I got a sandsifting starfish for my tank and he only appears at night and i am asuming he/she is nocturnal but i cant find anything on the internet. Is he/she nocturnal or not:bounce:
     
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    They eat copepods. Copepods live in the sand and are nocturnal. I would not be surprised to learn the sand sifting star has developed nocturnal feeding habits as well.
     
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    Most stars are nocturnal.
     
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    Navarchus Almost smarter than a pig

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    Mine only comes out at night. Sometimes I spy one of his legs coming out from under a rock during feeding time, but mostly he is out at night. They are awesome animals.
     
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    I got a sand sifter with my tank and he/she is always out in the mornings, and disappears later in the day when my lights are on.
     
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    yea they are surprisingly fast i took him only a few seconds to bury himslef once the light comes on.-
     
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    Mine is always out and moving around. It's not that often that he will bury himslef.

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    winyfrog Yep!

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    they are nocturnal in the wild, but will sometimes adjust to tank life and come out during the day. Especially if they have eaten up all your pods and now need to scavenger for left over fish food etc.
     
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    I love your second photo fastrd!
     
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    Oh cool pics!! :Cheers:
     
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    U4BOYZ Got Fish?

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    Mine is also out and about during the day. It surfaces all the time...
     
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    I have several and they usually stay hidden until night time too. Sometimes I see one out during the day, but it's rare.
     
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    Just bought one today, read another post which says that they starve after eating all the pods in the sand. Sure hope he can scavenge! Coffeebean
     
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    my sand sifter dosent seem to pay attention to light or no light, he's out all random times.. but i have noticed that all of his little arms are lookn bad, like something's eating at them... so now he's all stubby....
     
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