hydro or baby starfish???

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how do you know which you have I know I have little white brittle stars they came home as hitch hikers. I woke up this morning my tank is a couple of months old, and the glass is covered with what look like baby stars but they are so small it is hard to say for sure. How do you know the difference and if they are hydrozoan are they okay? I have a yellow tang, 2 firefish, and 3 chromis fish I spelt that wrong LOL.. a cleaner shrimp a byropsis shrimp, a starfish and corals.
 
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HI pep,
I can't really help with your question, but hopefully some of our saltie friends will help out today.

Sounds like you have a beautiful reef setup.

In the meantime, maybe you could update your info to help out our other members.
 

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First off, if you just started your tank in may then it's nowhere near cycled enough for that many fish.

Second, you more than likely have what are called Asterina starfish. They are generally smaller than a nickle and will reproduce rapidly by splitting in half. Some will eat corals, it's impossible to tell which.
 
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Naeusu thank you for scolding me!!! First off I have had our local specialist saltwater specialist out to my home. If they say it is okay and they test my water, have checked my tank and all is doing wonderfully than I think it is okay to listen to them since they are payed to do this!!! They said what I have added is fine...... I know they are not Asterina starfish since I have those. So if you know the real answer please tell me if your only out to tell people off than don't say anything.
 

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I don't have an answer, however, Naeusu has tried to answer and you should be greatful and she is only showing concern for the welfare of your fish as your aquarium info says you are still cycling.
 
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my info says I know what the cycle is not that I am still cycling??? Its the way people say things "FIRST OFF" do you think I want to kill a fish really!!! I would not put them in if the specialist had not okayed it.
 

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pep welcome to fishlore, no one here is out to scold, just to help as with many of us we have been keeping fish for years and are still learning new helpful tips each day and excited to share our knowledge and tips, since Saltwater and freshwater have some differences naeusu was just trying to help
best of luck
 

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pep372 said:
Naeusu thank you for scolding me!!! First off I have had our local specialist saltwater specialist out to my home. If they say it is okay and they test my water, have checked my tank and all is doing wonderfully than I think it is okay to listen to them since they are payed to do this!!! They said what I have added is fine...... I know they are not Asterina starfish since I have those. So if you know the real answer please tell me if your only out to tell people off than don't say anything.
Okay, it wasn't my intention to scold you.

There are quite a few people out there who will tell you something simply to be paid for it (even if you're not paying them at the time) because it creates revenue for them. If you haven't been keeping fish for a long time you wouldn't really know this. I do not believe you would intentionally kill a fish by placing it in your tank too soon but a lot of people are impatient when it comes to this hobby.

Maybe you should take one of the starfish to your buddy who helped you set up your tank? He's a specialist right?
 
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