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Looking for asterina or other starfish to feed a hungry harlequin shrimp. He ate through my population, as well as what I've added from others. If you have an excess of these guys, I will gladly take them and my harlequin will thank you.

This is purely for food, so please let me know what you've got. Also interested in any half dead, mutilated, ugly, or otherwise degenerate starfish that I may be able to tear a leg or two off of to feed him.

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Sucks your so far...I have an 8ft system that I've never taken the asterinas out of so they are everywhere!!! I've been looking for someone to take them for me.
 
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Sucks your so far...I have an 8ft system that I've never taken the asterinas out of so they are everywhere!!! I've been looking for someone to take them for me.
Crap, wish you were closer. You may want to look at getting a harlequin yourself. Absolutely fascinating creature. Beautiful shrimp and my other shrimp give him plenty of respect.

He took care of my population (which is why I got him in the first place) with the intention of re-homing him when he was done. He loves to hunt in my live rock, so finding him out and being able to catch him is a challenge. Plus, he has become a family favorite - sort of a where's waldo everyday. He's fat and happy, and now the challenge will be finding enough food to keep him that way! I've fed him part of a chocolate chip starfish once and it was amazing to see. The shrimp purposely keeps the starfish alive while also feeding on one of the arms and keeping the starfish trapped.
 

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Hey owen. I just pulled out a bunch and dried them before I flushed them so no chance of introducing an invasive species. If you want the dry ones, I have about 40, or I will rock the tanks with a set of tweezers over the next couple days and keep them alive in a cup of saltwater and let you know.
 

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Hey owen. I just pulled out a bunch and dried them before I flushed them so no chance of introducing an invasive species. If you want the dry ones, I have about 40, or I will rock the tanks with a set of tweezers over the next couple days and keep them alive in a cup of saltwater and let you know.
Thanks Austin, i will take you up on the live ones if you don't mind.

Anybody else have any they are looking to get rid of? I picked up another chocolate chip starfish today. Cut off part of its leg and placed it on some live rock. The Harlequin was on it in less than a minute. Gonna keep the chocolate chip starfish in a six gallon I have set up that I was using to culture some pods. He may lose part of a leg every couple of days. Anyone know how quickly they regenerate?
 

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have you ever tried to feed him squid? ocean nutrition makes a frozen food that is chopped squid.
 

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I've been considering a Harle Shrimp to take care of my asterina population. Let me know if you have any interest in re-homeing him if he is for sale. You are also welcome to come over and take as many as you want out of my 240 :)
 

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Harlequins will only eat starfish, I had a gorgeous Hawaiian one for years. If you go to your LFS and let them know what u will be using them for they should sell u choco chip ones at a feeder price. I know bills sells chocolate chips for $15 and I was paying $5 for them and linkias were 20-25 and I paid 7. Also u don't have to worry about the starfish eating coral because he will b on his back b4 uhe gets a chance. U just have to b sure to pull out the center if he doesn't eat it or it will foul your tank. Also they are smart and will eat them one leg at a time, and if u have multiple stars he will alternate between the one he eats to allow the other time to heal ;) just b warned most stores don't know about a harlequins diet, so b prepared to get some ugly looks for murdering starfish. And also if u do get a feeder price get the manager to write the price on a card, and sign it to avoid getting different feeder prices.
 

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I've been considering a Harle Shrimp to take care of my asterina population. Let me know if you have any interest in re-homeing him if he is for sale. You are also welcome to come over and take as many as you want out of my 240 :)
I appreciate that. My original plan was to re-home him but I (and we) have become somewhat attached. He is a beaut and he reminds me of a boxer the way he stands and hunts for food. His claw movement is really cool to see, especially considering how big the claws appear.
 

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Harlequins will only eat starfish, I had a gorgeous Hawaiian one for years. If you go to your LFS and let them know what u will be using them for they should sell u choco chip ones at a feeder price. I know bills sells chocolate chips for $15 and I was paying $5 for them and linkias were 20-25 and I paid 7. Also u don't have to worry about the starfish eating coral because he will b on his back b4 uhe gets a chance. U just have to b sure to pull out the center if he doesn't eat it or it will foul your tank. Also they are smart and will eat them one leg at a time, and if u have multiple stars he will alternate between the one he eats to allow the other time to heal ;) just b warned most stores don't know about a harlequins diet, so b prepared to get some ugly looks for murdering starfish. And also if u do get a feeder price get the manager to write the price on a card, and sign it to avoid getting different feeder prices.
Thanks Anthony. Wait, what?!?!? Bill gave a discount?!? Lol, you must of been buying a lot of acros out if that killer acro tank he has.

No seriously, most of the LFS have been really good about discounting the starfish knowing they were food. Especially when I start with, I want the ugliest, oldest, cheapest etc one that you've got.

Several recommended that I use a chocolate chip instead if the linkia because they are so hardy and because of how smart the shrimp is at keeping his prey alive. And yeah, can they hunt. What worries me though is putting multiple chocolate chip in the reef tank while he keeps them alive and feeds off of them - will the starfish have enough "down time" from being food to attack some coral, especially if he gives them enough time to regenerate?
 

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I originally bought mine for the same reason, but they are just so awesome! And as for keeping multiple stars I definitely wouldn't keep more than one in a reef tank, just saying how smart they are.

Here's a couple shots of mine













As u can tell I just wanted to show off my shrimp :D
 

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I've always wanted one but have read they eat the tube feet off of any invert, not just starfish. Has anyone kept them successfully with urchins?
 

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Sorry to keep butting in, this isn't my topic of best knowledge but what about the people that go out on boats, I know they useually catch big ones and most of the time keep and dry out. I'm sure someone would keep a few for you in a bucket or frozen


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workin on 50+ but im leaving for Wilmington Friday. We can meet Thursday or Friday before 4. Let me know
Thank you as well. I'll send you a text this morning. Just not until later cause if you were up at 2 am I hope you're sleeping now!

Awesome community we have here. My shrimp and I thank you all!
 
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