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Old 07/25/2020, 04:53 PM   #1
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Serpent Starfish

I have a fluval 13.5 I bought a serpent starfish from the lfs. My question is if it dies how can I prevent the tank from crashing? Itís buried in the sand some place, i canít find it. What should I do?


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Old 07/28/2020, 06:55 PM   #2
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It should be fine, assuming you're feeding the tank something it can eat. Any old fish food'll work. They're great detrivores, which all tanks need.

I have reproducing micro-serpent stars. They're an important part of the ecosystem.

Worst case, you're doing a 100% water change on 13.5 gallons.


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Old 07/28/2020, 11:39 PM   #3
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It should be fine, assuming you're feeding the tank something it can eat. Any old fish food'll work. They're great detrivores, which all tanks need.

I have reproducing micro-serpent stars. They're an important part of the ecosystem.

Worst case, you're doing a 100% water change on 13.5 gallons.

Just did 50% water change hopefully the bacteria bloom wonít come back! I canít find it in the tank!


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Kicking up the sandbed searching is not the way to go. Disturbing the sandbed can bring down all sorts of mayhem. Just be patient. It may surface eventually.


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They typically aren't buried in the sand, they tend to crawl into holes in the rock. You'd be surprised how small of a spot they can get into. I find that they do come out during the day for fresh foods. The one in my old tank loved chopped mussel. Slithered out pretty darn fast when it sensed that stuff in the tank.


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