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SaltwaterTeen

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I found two very little stars on my live rock, I confirmed that, because they move slow and have 5 little blunt arms. They really look like my sand sifting star, dark grey in the middle and a creamish gray on the outside. Are these baby sand sifting stars or are they pest stars? Will they hurt any corals?
 

flugelnuss

Clownfish
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Jun 22, 2004
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West Seattle
Sounds like an asterina star. Do you have a pic of it? I thought these were safe as well, until I ran across a thread on RC pointing to the garf.org website. garf claims that they are predatory SPS stars. I've never had a problem with them before, but maybe you should check this out and let us know if it is the same star that you have in your tank.

http://www.garf.org/news26p2.html#STAR
 

gobie

dave the gobie
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Dec 2, 2004
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Auburn
I Have All Types Of Stars In My Tank Some Are Brown Somar Cream Some Are Orange. I Keep Lps 1 Sps Leathers And I Have Yet To Find Any On Corals. They Are Always On The Side Of Tank Or Rock Or Substraight. If Any Are Polyp Predators I Must Not Have The Right Corals For Them To Eat.
 

wrightme43

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bowling green ky
I have the same white and blue grey ones you have SWT, on the predetory ones I do remove all tan or brown ones. I understand they can sometimes eat coral. I have never heard of the white/blue grey center ones causeing problems and I have a ton of them. My sony stinks at closeups I need to sell a kidney and get a nikkon or a hp with the 8xoptical zoom. Or for about the same money I can get a macro lense for the sony. LOL Sorry man. STeve
 

fishermann

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Searcy, Arkansas
There are alot of different ones, I wouldn't do anything with them until you see them on some corals, most stars don't hurt a thing. They aren't going to destroy a coral overnite or grow big overnite.
 
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