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Old 11/24/2020, 10:15 AM   #1
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Question Whats this guy?

anyone have an ID for this critter?


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Old 11/24/2020, 10:16 AM   #2
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was crawling around on the glass and I pulled one out of my polyps the other day


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Old 11/24/2020, 10:24 AM   #3
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It's an asternia starfish. You'll probably find that you have a lot more in there if you start looking closely. Sometimes they only have 2-3 arms and look like they've been ripped in half, sometimes they're well formed like that one. They are harmless at worst, possibly beneficial at best. I like having them in my tank. They're just another small animal that makes the reef more interesting.


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Old 11/24/2020, 10:38 AM   #4
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It's an asternia starfish. You'll probably find that you have a lot more in there if you start looking closely. Sometimes they only have 2-3 arms and look like they've been ripped in half, sometimes they're well formed like that one. They are harmless at worst, possibly beneficial at best. I like having them in my tank. They're just another small animal that makes the reef more interesting.
The ones with red dots tend to eat zoa

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Old 11/24/2020, 11:47 AM   #5
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Beneficial! However, they can reach plague proportions, which might be too much of a good thing. If they do, you can add a Harlequin Shrimp to consume them.

The other thing on the glass is a spaghetti worm. Also quite beneficial.


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Old 11/24/2020, 12:41 PM   #6
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It's an asternia starfish. You'll probably find that you have a lot more in there if you start looking closely. Sometimes they only have 2-3 arms and look like they've been ripped in half, sometimes they're well formed like that one. They are harmless at worst, possibly beneficial at best. I like having them in my tank. They're just another small animal that makes the reef more interesting.
Not the starfish. I've had them for maybe 13 years now. The weird brown work tentacles lookin guy


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Old 11/24/2020, 12:42 PM   #7
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Beneficial! However, they can reach plague proportions, which might be too much of a good thing. If they do, you can add a Harlequin Shrimp to consume them.

The other thing on the glass is a spaghetti worm. Also quite beneficial.
Spaghetti worm huh. I'll look it up. Thanks


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You're welcome! They are a great detrivore and an important member of the sand bed community.


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Old 11/24/2020, 02:33 PM   #9
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Id remove the. spaghetti worm. They irritate Zoas and can make them not open when the end up in between polyps.


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