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chocolate chip starfish

Postby TanyaBloom on Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:04 pm

Anyone own a chocolate chip starfish?? If so can they .... self breed??

I know this is going to sound crazy but there is a teeny tiny star on my live rock that looks like a very mini version of my chocolate chip starfish...........

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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby TanyaBloom on Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:36 pm

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SO... Those white styrofoam looking things... We saw these about a month ago and wondered what the heck? Well here they are AGAIN.. Just looked closer under my live rock and there is a whole bunch of them in a string like pattern. Star fish eggs?!

AND I can verify that my husband and I both watched this tiny starfish and it was MOVING!!!!!

HOW THE HE^^ ?! We only have one starfish?!

This is very exciting... This tells me we ARE indeed doing something correctly if we are producing babies here!
Happy day for me!

(Also irrelevant to this forum... Happy news that my fancy tail guppies in my freshwater tank ALSO had babies! LOVE IS IN THE AIR! THANK GOD I'M NOT PREGNANT IS ALL I CAN SAY!!!!!)
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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby TanyaBloom on Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:39 pm

I'm sorry so damn excited over here.. but I am practically jumping out of my skin over this! =D> :mrgreen: :D :shock: =P~ :P :mrgreen: :wink: 8)
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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby Nemomma on Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:21 am

Congrats on the new addition. You know that they are not reefsafe right?
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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby shoota on Thu Mar 07, 2013 6:37 am

Looks like an asterina starfish. I probably have thousands in my tank that look just like the one in your pic. They usually stay fairly small since they constantly split to reproduce.
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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby TanyaBloom on Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:08 am

Ahh.. Could be! Either way, still exciting that things are finally starting to thrive in my tank. I don't have any reef and it will be a long time before I add any, so for now he can stay! :D
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Re: chocolate chip starfish

Postby bradhass87 on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:24 pm

shoota wrote:Looks like an asterina starfish. I probably have thousands in my tank that look just like the one in your pic. They usually stay fairly small since they constantly split to reproduce.


I agree, had millions in a nutrient rich tank I had.
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