WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

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I know this is an Oscar site but I'm wondering if there might be any salt water experts on here at all? After enjoying my Oscar aquarium so much I started a salt water one about 2 months ago with 2 seahorses. I recently bought a starfish for the aquarium since I didn't want to risk any little fish just yet, but I have become concerned that due to a lack of algae it might turn a seahorse into a meal? Seahorses are very slow moving and oblivious, so they let the starfish crawl right onto them. Recently while one was sleeping it made it's way onto the seahorse and at first I just watched unsure if it would be just passing by or exploring. But soon it begin to get quite a group and I got a little worried it might have had other plans and nudged it off.

Has anyone had any experience keeping starfish? Or know if they will in fact eat a slow moving organism like a seahorse?
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Nina_W replied the topic: WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

I know nothing about keeping these creatures, but I do know that some types of starfish are more than capable of eating fish. Perhaps if you gave the species of your starfish it would be easier to help?
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ehall67 replied the topic: WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

they are realllllllyyyyyy slow ....

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Nina_W replied the topic: WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

If it's ok with all involved, I'm moving this to the marine section. We have a few members who do keep marine tanks, they're more likely to find this in there.
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Matt replied the topic: WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

It depends on the starfish like others have said. Without knowing which one in particular it is it's all but impossible to say yes or no to the one in your tank being a companion eater.

My best guess from looking around a little tells me that if anyone were to eat the other it would be the seahorses eating the starfish.

Post some snaps, or at the very least give us a stocking list and we can let you know if you've got incompatible species in there.

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benmcfadden replied the topic: WILL A STARFISH EAT IT'S TANKMATES?

Find out the type of start fish or let us know a brief description.

If you are worried get a type of coral or fake plant that the seahorses can hold onto near the top / middle of the tank. The starfish will stay on the bottom normally near the sand and avoid them

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