Linckia laevigata (Linckia Sea Star, Blue)

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Linckia laevigata (Linckia Sea Star, Blue)

Post  thierry on Tue Mar 02, 2010 10:29 am

Source liveaquaria.com

QUICK STATS
  • Care Level: Difficult
  • Temperament: Peaceful
  • Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
  • Max. Size: 1'
  • Color Form: Blue, Purple, Red
  • Diet: Omnivore
  • Origin: Fiji
  • Family: Ophidiasteridae
  • Insert Date: 25 February 2010


The Blue Linckia Sea Star is certain to be the shining star for the dedicated reef aquarium enthusiast. The unusual blue color of this sea star is truly remarkable and this standout color makes the Blue Linckia Sea Star a beautiful focal point. Its bright blue body may sometimes be embellished with red or purplish spots. The Blue Linckia Sea Star is also known as the Comet Sea Star, Blue Sea Star, or Blue Starfish.
In the wild, the Blue Linckia Sea Star is found in the sunny areas of the reef and reef fringe, constantly foraging for food. In the home aquarium setting, the Blue Linckia Sea Star prefers a well-lit sandy or coral rubble substrate, with many rocky hiding places. As a juvenile (when it has a blue-green coloration), the Blue Linckia Sea Star spends most of the day hiding in small caves or overhangs. As a larger adult, it can be seen anchored to the rocks or glass, waving one or two arms in the water, searching for small, free-floating microbes. The Blue Linckia Sea Star is generally solitary, but it will tolerate other starfish and amiable fish in the aquarium.

The Blue Linckia Sea Star is very intolerant of sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. The drip-acclimation method is highly recommended for all Sea Stars due to their intolerance to changes in water chemistry. The Blue Linckia Sea Star should never be exposed to air while handling, and should be carefully monitored for the presence of a small parasitic snail, Thyca crystallina. In the wild, the Blue Linckia Sea Star is capable of regenerating a new starfish from almost any portion of its body that might break off. In the home aquarium, this is far less likely.

Small pieces of clam meat or tablets can be placed under the Blue Linckia Sea Star starfish to supplement its diet.

Other links:
http://frugalreef.com/wiki/Blue_Linckia


Last edited by thierry on Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:56 pm; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : Frugalreed link added)
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Post  thierry on Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:28 pm

After cleaning and removing him underneath the buttons
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Lost a leg

Post  thierry on Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:50 am

The leg that got damaged when removing him from underneath the buttons has dropped, he now only has 4 legs left. Hopefully this doesnt do anything to the sea star itself. I have read that a sea star can grow a new leg and from a dropped leg also a sea star can evolve, but this hardly happens in captivity.
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The road to rebuilding Pt 1

Post  thierry on Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:31 pm

The blue sea star also nowhere to be found. My hopes for him are even less, since I’m really afraid that losing his arm was too much for him. But who knows what surprises come out when we take out the rocks.
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The road to rebuilding Pt2

Post  thierry on Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:14 pm

The blue sea star I’m not sure about. If I will replace it when it turns out he is gone, I liked the bright blue colour, but he died so quickly and easy…if he died of course.
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Rebuilding Day 1

Post  thierry on Fri May 14, 2010 11:51 am

No trace of the sea star, going to close the topic Sad
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