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#1 JEN H

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 08:52 PM

Hi. We were checking out our starfish this evening in our 29 gallon nano. It seems to have a small white spot on it. Our cleaner shrimp seemed to be cleaning it in that area, and I noticed a few weeks ago that our peppermint shrimp was doing the same thing. Any idea if it is something we should be concerned about? I have never seen this on a starfish.

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:15 PM

Can you get a closer look and find out if its deteriorating tissue? What kind of starfish you got? Maybe posting a pic will help someone chime in on your concerns.

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#3 JEN H

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Posted 01 February 2009 - 09:31 PM

I can't tell if it's deteriorating tissue or not. I think that it's strange the cleaner shrimp keeps picking at it in the area where it is white thought.

It is a reef safe star. Orange/red with bumps. I will try to get pictures tomorrow after the lights are back on in the tank.

I tried to look up to see if anyone on the internet had ever posted with something like this, but no luck. So, I thought that I would try here.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 07:47 AM

Sounds like a red fromia starfish.

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 11:18 PM

Did not see an update. My guess/experience is that it is a deteriorating area and may likely be the end of the stars life in the near future. My cukes will do a similar spot before falling apart.

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