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Blue Linckia Starfish

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BCT182

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I have had a blue linckia (linckia laevigata) in my tank for about a month now. I was just looking at photos of others online, and have a question about mine. When I got him, he was wrinkled like pruned fingers after a long hot bath. He still looks that way, but the picks I see online look like they are much more plump. He doesn't look thin, just wrinkled. Im very cautious with my tank, I drip line plain fresh water to top-off to prevent quick swings in PH, salinity, or temp, since its a small tank. Everything is been great, and he was like that when I got him. Is this look normal, or am I going to be nursing him back to health? I should add, when I drop a cube of food at the end of the tank opposite to him, he moves to it and appears to eat.
Thanks
Brett
 

bradreef

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what type of food are you feeding. They are supposed to mostly eat sponges. I always wanted to try the angelfish food cubes with sponges in them.
 

NaH2O

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brett - I haven't been able to find anything about the "wrinkle" look. I'm not sure what Linkia's look like when they are starved, or how long they can live with a limited food supply. Have you checked the bottom of the linkia for any parasites? I know there is a specific type of snail that parasitizes Linkias. Here is a photo:

Linkia Parasite

Here are a couple of articles:

Invertebrate Non-Column

Starfish: Considerations for the Common (and Misunderstood) Varieties

Echinoderms In Aquaria...
 
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