Do Asterina stars bother zoas?
Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:29 AM
Just started converting my fowler tank to keep zoas and softies but there is a small population of these stars in the tank. Are they likely to go for my zoas and damage them?
Just added some gsp and they seem to be eatin it which has me worried?
Posted 20 January 2016 - 09:37 AM
Yeah it's a nice coral but when it takes hold ...it spreads like wild fire , covering all your other corals.
If your going to keep it , keep it on its own and away from your rocks!!
I thought about getting some asternias to control my GSP prob.....but was told they like the zoas too......and they won't care which one they eat!!
But if you need the stars gone ...just get a harlequin shrimp....and they will be gone in days
Posted 20 January 2016 - 10:59 AM
Harlequin shrimp it is then as really don't want the little buggers going after my zoas when they arrive.
Thanks for the reply chop chop.
Btw,are you on UR with the rsm zoa tank?
Posted 20 January 2016 - 04:42 PM
Posted 20 January 2016 - 10:02 PM
Just remember that once the Harlequin shrimp has eaten all your Asterinas which will probably not take too long then it's going to starve unless you supply it with alternative starfish or move it on.
Probably looking at keeping mid lvl stuff so would have thought there needing to go. Thanks for the replies and hopefully a harlequin will eat the little buggers into extinction.
Posted 20 January 2016 - 11:43 PM
Zoas! Harlequin shrimp cleared every last one in 2 - 3 weeks. I fed it in frozen starfish caught locally, but moved it on as I didn't like bits of dead starfish floating around.
Posted 05 March 2016 - 06:59 AM
I lost basically all my zoa's about 2 years ago had hundreds, couldn't find anyhting doing it, Had asterina's(white-black-green-orange-grey) since I started and never an issue with any corals even gps. they even lay egg in my nano often, I watch this happening day and night for weeks on end and all of a sudden the asterinas started eating the dying polyps.
One afernoon about a month after all my zoa's had gone I found 2 MASSIVE flat worms !!!!
I would say your safe with asterina's
Posted 05 March 2016 - 09:30 AM
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