starfish ID please

Discussion in 'Fish and Invertebrates' started by beegee, Oct 20, 2017.

  1. beegee

    beegee Supporting Member

    been seeing this little critter around my tank. I haven't seen it harming coral in any way. just wondering if anyone knows what kind of starfish it is and whether it's beneficial or a pest.

    thanks!

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  2. beegee

    beegee Supporting Member

    he's missing one leg btw...
     
  3. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    Pest. Remove them


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  4. Klems

    Klems Supporting Member

    I have a similar one in my fuge...should I remove it or is it safe in there?
     
  5. roostertech

    roostertech reef noob

    Clearly a member of species nose bugger.
     
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  6. Kremis

    Kremis Supporting Member

    asternia starfish, generally safe. there are a lot of different types, most eat algae but some can eat your zoanthids. never had this happen to me personally
     
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  7. Mark B

    Mark B Supporting Member

    Pest hater! :D
     
  8. Edgar Sandoval

    Edgar Sandoval Supporting Member

    My tank is still pest free. It’s been running
    For over 1 year. Hope it stays like that


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  9. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    Asterina Starfish. As long as they don't reach plague proportions from uneaten food and poor husbandry, they are not terrible to have. I used to have a lot. Hitchhiked on live rock. They do eat Coralline algae. So if you see your purple on your rock with white spots here and there, they are the ones eating it. I don't mind it, but if you love Coralline algae, definitely remove them. If you put them into the sump, some can make it back into the display. I have had that happen before I know as crazy as it sounds. Harlequin shrimp can eat them but will go hungry once all the starfish are gone. If you don't like them, you can always give them to me! ;)
     
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  10. Coral reefer

    Coral reefer President

    I don't consider them dangerous, but they can reproduce into large numbers. I remove them.
     
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  11. kinetic

    kinetic Webmaster

    I think blue legged hermits eat them too (and really anything they can get a hold of).
     
  12. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    Asterina
    Remove at your leisure
    But do remove
     
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  13. DEATH BY SNU SNU

    DEATH BY SNU SNU Supporting Member

    save me your asterinas i love them!
     
  14. Kensington Reefer

    Kensington Reefer Supporting Member

    come get them!
    I'll scoop them off the sides
     

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