how to kill asteria starfish with harlequin shrimp

how to kill asteria starfish with harlequin shrimp. white starfish on your glass are asteria starfish. these small white starfish are bad for your aquarium. they will destroy your zoanthid coral and coralline algae which is the nice purple on your live rock. you can remove them but they multiply too quickly. the best way is to get a harlequin shrimp or two. the harlequin shrimp eat these asteria starfish, ridding your tank of this pest. once all asteria starfish are gone, the harlequin shrimp will starve unless you feed it more starfish. some people cut a leg off a chocolate chip starfish weekly. they will go after any starfish in your aquarium including sand sifting starfish. you can keep the harlequin shrimp or donate it when cleanup is done. saltwater aquarium care that’s fun and honest. We won’t make you feel uncomfortable like certain saltwater forums do. Live stream every friday 10pm central. Join us for the fun and call in! SUBSCRIBE and Thanks for watching!

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15 thoughts on “how to kill asteria starfish with harlequin shrimp

  1. Just got mine 2 days ago, damn stars killed off 2 frags of my zoas, so now they shall all die.. Afterwards i think i will keep him in my 34 red sea anem tank, and just feed him a leg or so of a sandsifter i will keep in my 150gal

  2. i've been thinking of getting one myself. i have some of these lil bas in mine also. they don't seem to be messing with the zoas yet. great vid man keep them comin ;p thats what she said lamo

  3. Harlequin shrimp is the easiest way to get rid of those starfish I just got a pair of the shrimps myself you only have to feed them twice a month I just keep a chocolate starfish in my sump and chop it up every feeding time

  4. I had a bunch of these in my tank back in the day when I was first starting out in the hobby. I never really made much of an effort to get rid of them except for scraping them off the glass when I saw them. Those things would cover my glass about an hour after the lights went out.

  5. I remember seeing some in your tank a while back, and told you to get rid of them.. I guess now you took action.. I have a cool video on my shrimp eating the crap out of a star..

  6. Steve, I just got rid of those out of my tank with the help of a Harlequin Shrimp. They did not touch my zoanthids but did go after my coraline, the little bitches. The Harlequin got rid of my infestation in about 3 weeks. Good luck.

  7. I'd go the laser route simply because lasers are cool and I don't like the idea of feeding them with a Chocolate Chip Sea Star Protoreaster nodosus. I had one but traded him in when I started buying coral. Beautiful sea star but not reef safe.

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