11-01-2009, 07:02 AM
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Thanks Pasfur, I am doing well and appreciate your warm welcome! If you haven't yet, be sure to check out my reef tank pics I put up the other night... its thriving.
I would like to add that I agree with watching starfish, but more watching the species of starfish instead of avoiding them all together. Just like with the other animals, some are more suitable for some situations than others, and that includes tank size. There are a number of starfish that could thrive in that size tank as long as their condition requirements are met. There are also starfish that will accept prepared foods, such as the brittle stars. Button brittles stay small enough for a 40 gallon provided there is only 1 in the tank, but also tile stars (not the easiest star to keep, not suggested for beginners), sand sifting stars work well if there is a healthy amount of sand bed, and if there is enough alage growth a blue linkia could also be worked into the mix later when the tank is mature. Check stats on the species before considering or purchasing a star, by all means. A note about the button brittles... they are great maintenance animals but be careful not to overfeed them. They will eat until they rupture the disk if allowed to.