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    Question six tentacle star fish

    I found a star fish that is about the size of the head of a plastic thumb tac in my reef tank. It has six legs instead of five, is this a certian species, of just a freak of nature. Also are many of the star fish reef safe? He is light beige and it looks like he may little brown speckles on him, and not like a brittle his legs are short. Now he just went wandering and I dont know if I will ever find him again, unless he goes or starts to climb the glass again. It's great my tank has been set up for about a month now, moved from a 12 gal nano tank to a 75, and I am finding all kinds of weird things.

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    greg97527 - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Grants Pass, Oregon
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    from what you described i am 99% positive these are the little starfish that eat corals. get rid of him and anyothers you find. here is a link for you to look at.

    It's all about the reef. :YEAH:

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    Iconz - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Nov 2006
    Perry, GA


    hmm, never seen those before.. Welcome to CR btw, Feddish!

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    JustDavidP - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Marlborough, MA


    Argh!! the coral eating stars???

    It's probably a harmless asterina star fish. I have TONS of them. My buddy has them too, but finds them to be an eyesore. So, his harlequin shrimp eats them.

    some info: http://www.reefreaders.com/content/view/48/


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    Sparky - Reefkeeper CR Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Brooklyn WI


    Yep I have them too!!! Have not had any problems

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