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Sand Starfish

Sand Starfish

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Sand Starfish Care Guide with Aquarium Size Requirement:

1. Species Overview:

  • The Sand Starfish (Astropecten polycanthus) is a type of sea star known for its delicate appearance and preference for sandy substrates. These starfish are generally nocturnal and contribute to the overall biodiversity of a marine aquarium.

2. Aquarium Size:

  • Provide an aquarium with a minimum size of 30 gallons for a single Sand Starfish.
  • Consider the available space and ensure sufficient sandy substrate for the starfish to move and bury itself.

3. Water Parameters:

  • Maintain stable water conditions with a temperature range of 72°F to 78°F (22°C to 26°C).
  • Keep the pH level in the range of 8.1 to 8.4.
  • Salinity should be maintained between 1.023 and 1.025.

4. Substrate and Decor:

  • Ensure a deep sandy substrate, as Sand Starfish may bury themselves during the day.
  • Provide hiding spots and crevices within the aquarium.

5. Diet:

  • Sand Starfish are scavengers that primarily feed on detritus, small organisms, and organic matter present in the sand.
  • Supplement their diet with small meaty foods like shrimp or fish, especially if the natural food sources are limited.

6. Behavior:

  • Sand Starfish are nocturnal and often more active during the night.
  • They move across the substrate using tube feet and may bury themselves during the day.

7. Tank Mates:

  • Sand Starfish are generally compatible with other peaceful marine species.
  • Avoid housing them with aggressive or predatory species that may harm the starfish.

8. Size of the Starfish:

  • Sand Starfish can reach a size of 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) in diameter.

9. Disease Prevention:

  • Quarantine new additions to the aquarium before introducing them to prevent the spread of diseases.
  • Monitor for any signs of stress, injuries, or infections in the starfish.

10. Maintenance:

  • Perform regular water changes of 10-20% every two weeks to maintain water quality.
  • Keep the substrate clean and provide proper filtration to ensure a healthy environment.

By following these care guidelines and providing an appropriate environment, the Sand Starfish can be a fascinating addition to a marine aquarium with a sandy substrate, contributing to the natural balance of the ecosystem.

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