Starfish

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    AshesPatches

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    Hey Everyone! Every day I look into my tank and find something new, either just going on or something new in there that I haven't noticed before. The place where we got some of the live rock had baby starfish in the tank. I was really hoping and my fingers were crossed that we would get some of those baby starfish in our live rock.
    Today as I was examining our tank, I found one. I've attached a picture of the starfish. I was just wondering if anyone knows what kind of starfish this is. Thanks so much!
     

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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    I'm having trouble seeing a starfish in that picture. Can you circle the place you are talking about? If its the black area in the middle, that looks more like a nudibranch to me than a starfish. All of the tiny starfish I'm familiar with (asternia stars - 4 legs - and micro brittlestars - 6 legs) are usually light in color and look different than that.
     
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    It looks like a starfish to me just one I am not familiar with.
     
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    Here is a close up of what I think is a starfish.
     

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    It looks like spongebob square pant's shadow:mrgreen: That's the best I got right now:D Have you seen it move? Do the legs move or does it kind of glide?
     
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    I personaly think its a type asternia star, some are reef safe some are not so just watch out.

    This might help also
    Starfish Hitch Hikers
     
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    All my asterina stars have 5 or less legs and I have never seen one that black but it could be a type I am not familiar with.
     
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    FishyReef Broke Reefer!

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    All of the asternia's I've seen have 3-4 legs. I still think its a nudibranch. Hopefully Biff will see this thread and chime in!
     
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    That is an asternia starfish, they can come with lots of legs.
     
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    this one has 7 arms [​IMG]
     
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    I'm hesitant to call it an asterina, although it may well be. Asterinas can have any number of legs. But I've not seen one with those bulb-like things on the end of their legs.
     
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    I think it is some sort of asterina.
     
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    Upon further inspection after getting home and looking at my asterina stars it looks more like mine than I originally thought. I actually have more 6 legged than five and a bunch of piece mill stars.
     
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