Asterina sp. (Sea Star)

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Asterina sp. (Sea Star)

Post  thierry on Tue Oct 19, 2010 10:29 am

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  • Care Level: Too easy
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Reef Compatible: Often
  • Water Conditions: 22-28° C, sg 1.022-1.028
  • Max. Size: 2 cm
  • Color Form: Diverse
  • Diet: Algae
  • Origin: Indo-Pacific, Red Sea
  • Family: Ophidiasteridae


This algae eating sea star is often called a plague. They can multiply rapidly into big colonies. They are also called button-stranglers. Hymenocera Elegans is often used to fight these animals.
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More information and maybe a purpose

Post  thierry on Thu Oct 28, 2010 3:30 pm

I read an article about these little stars in Reefkeeping Magazine. Now because the stars I have so far don't seem to bother with corals the might be a good addition to the new Fragment tank, for keeping it clean from algae, detritus and dead organism. So most likely I will move any that I find to the other aquarium.
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Cleaning november 2010

Post  thierry on Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:20 pm

They are still in the RSM as well, even though I haven’t been able to catch any new ones. The ones in the 60L Frag tank are also doing fine, but they are welcome there.
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Moved a bunch

Post  thierry on Thu May 26, 2011 1:02 pm

The 23rd I removed 6 of them from the window, and the day after I moved another one. They are all located in the Sump for my 60 Liter aquarium now.
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Cleaning 22-6-2011

Post  thierry on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:14 pm

Removed a whole load of them again.
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