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December 20, 2006 at 10:06 am #1046ageberMember
can a serpent star be in a tank with seahorses. 90 gallon tank, no other tank mates. seahorses of varying size. serpent star on the larger sizeDecember 21, 2006 at 8:53 am #3173Pete GiwojnaGuest
A large serpent starfish is indeed a fascinating animal. They will hide under rocks or coral to get away from the bright light, but have an excellent sense of smell and will emerge from hiding the moment they detect anything edible, including frozen Mysis. When they are out and about, or tracking down their next meal from the tantalizing scent trail it leaves behind, they can be amazingly active and lightning fast, pulling themselves along arm over arm much more like an octopus than your ordinary, stick-in-the-mud, slowpoke sea stars. And they are excellent climbers. They pose no danger to any fishes that are too large for them to cram into their oral cavity in one piece, so there’s no danger that they might regard your seahorses as a meal, providing you are not keeping dwarf seahorses are one of the other miniature breeds. But I certainly wouldn’t trust them with Pixies or newborn seahorses.
However, it’s quite likely that your serpent starfish would attempt to monopolize the feeding station and scarf up the frozen Mysis as fast as it could stuff them into its oral cavity with its many arms. This could complicate things at feeding time for you and might become a major pain in the neck over time. Elevating the feeding station, which is a good way to thwart bristleworms and hermit crabs that are attracted by the tantalizing odor of frozen Mysis, won’t work with the serpent starfish because they are quite agile and very accomplished climbers. But if you can overcome that obstacle, feel free to try a serpent starfish in your 90-gallon aquarium, ageber. It might be a good idea to have a backup plan in mind, however, in case you need to find a new home for the serpent starfish if it consistently outcompete your seahorses at feeding time.
Best of luck with your seahorses, ageber!
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