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I won't repeat what I put in my intro post... Here's a link if you're interested: https://reefbase.co.uk/index.php?topic=4685.0

Just thought I'd get a thread going here and post a few pics...

Lights have now been upgraded to 2 x evergrow IT5012 units, ATO added, new biopellet reactor is in and a doser is on the way...



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Huge tank! 

How long have you had that red starfish?  (forgotten what they're called)    Love the way they swim but I heard they're tricky to feed?  I guess with your NSW etc approach you might have better luck, with more diverse ecology in the tank than a normal setup.

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isn't it a basket star?

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It's a feather star.

Basket stars are these fractal-like things;
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awesome! going to have to have a read up on them!

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awesome! going to have to have a read up on them!

Have you seen them swimming ... ?


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Huge tank! 

How long have you had that red starfish?  (forgotten what they're called)    Love the way they swim but I heard they're tricky to feed?  I guess with your NSW etc approach you might have better luck, with more diverse ecology in the tank than a normal setup.
Thanks. Yes, very tricky!! They only eat particles up to about 50 micron and then only if the flow is right too.

They need an upwelling, pulsing current.

Here's what I'm currently feeding on a constant drip 24/7...

5 - 50 micron golden pearls
frozen L-type rotifers.
Diatoms (Thalassiosira weisflogii and T. pseudonana)
Powdered Paracoccus bacteria (a feeding response stimulant)
Zooplanktos-S
Reef Blizzard-O

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Have you seen them swimming ... ?


If it swims, you're doing something wrong... on the reef they will only swim to avoid being eaten, it's a last ditch attempt to avoid certain death...

They will settle somewhere on the reef with suitable foods and flow and normally will just climb up a coral or gorg to feed in the open water, then they'll retract and head back down...

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Fascinating, thanks for the info!

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awesome! going to have to have a read up on them!
Please don't buy one! I shouldn't have... it's involved me completely redesigning the flow in my tank, buying a doser and spending £60 per week in food!

It gets more attention than my wife and 3 kids combined lol.

They're far better off being left on the reef.

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It's similar with anemones, when they detach. They "know" it's risky business and they might not land somewhere better, but if there's no food coming where they are now, it can be the only chance they have to relocate with a chance of it being better for them.

It does look great swimming, but I imagine it's hugely exhausting for them and not something they'd want to do if they can help it.
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Fascinating, thanks for the info!

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I'm convinced NSW helps. My clowns and damsels, as well as the urchins, breed almost constantly, I'm sure the gametes and larvae in the tank helps in terms of food too.

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Please don't buy one! I shouldn't have... it's involved me completely redesigning the flow in my tank, buying a doser and spending £60 per week in food!

It gets more attention than my wife and 3 kids combined lol.

They're far better off being left on the reef.

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Wouldn't buy one. Just a bit of reading up on them  :grin:

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Hey @Gweeds1980 how's the feather star doing?

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