Thankfully, most are completely reef and fish safe, with a few assumed to eat sponges and tunicates. They’re really for more experienced fish keepers thanks to their aggressive behavior and tendency towards certain diseases. They are widely available in a variety of different colors, including blue, white, orange, yellow and red, and many are given funky names like the Wag Tail, Tuxedo platy and Mickey Mouse! We’ll be focusing on Potamotrygon Motoro stingrays as these are the most common in home aquariums. Even feeding them 3 to 6 times a day is not usually adequate to keep these stars healthy, and the water quality of your tank will suffer greatly from the massive amount of food you add. It dosn’t end well. A seastar would be a great addition to my tank eventually, but I’ve heard too many sad stories to be willing to risk it quite yet. This service tends to take 1-3 days for delivery and may depend on locality. Once you’ve got a little more experience, feel free to start experimenting with the intermediate and elite fishes. Soft corals, sponges, other starfish, worms, and clams are all eaten by this animal. These starfish are also typically nocturnal, so it is best to shop for them near closing time as bright lights send Linckias into hiding during the day. Slightly different to the small freshwater fish we’ve examined so far, the Kuhli loach looks more like an eel. Keeping a freshwater puffer fish is a dream for many an aquarists, but we would recommend the green spotted variety for experienced keepers only — they have very specific care needs and behavior. They’re named for the pearl-like pattern of their bodies, although sometimes go by the name ‘lace gourami’. Plus, they mate for life! Males are generally a fetching cherry color. They eat detritus and films, but they will also accept substitute feeding of flaked foods, meaty foods and nori. Because these types of starfish are so diverse, many color patters can be found. The Zebra Danio is one of the best freshwater fish for beginners as it’s stunningly exotic looking but with minimal care requirements. All starfish require a established tank, and all are intolerant of sudden changes is salinity, temperature & pH, no starfish will tolerate copper based treatments. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Watch out for white or grey patches, as this is the beginning stages of deterioration and death. You can tell the difference as Brittle Starfish are covered in spines/spikes and the Serpent Starfish are smooth. While certain stars can make excellent clean up crew members, some popular species should be left in the wild. Follow the jouney of a first time saltwater aquarium keeper. A few of these have barely been studied at all by the scientific community, and nobody knows what their real diet consists of. Your email address will not be published.

They are considered difficult to keep as they will quickly eat any detritus left in your aquarium, then they bury themselves in the sandbed, die and decay.

They have quite exacting water requirements too. I too like the serpent star fish the best. The Oscar is another fish in the Cichlid family that’s known for its generous size and rich colorations. So really, they should be described as “reef safe, with caution”. Keeping a freshwater puffer fish is a dream for many an aquarists, but we would recommend the green spotted variety for experienced keepers only — they have very specific care needs and behavior. It’s often referred to as one of the biggest freshwater fish as it can reach a massive 16-20 inches in length.

>>> Read our freshwater puffer fish guide. ( Log Out /  Thanks for supporting our site. Certain orders may be shipped through FEDEX or UPS when we determine necessary. Children love them, and the fish store employee promised they are low maintenance, eat algae, and are incredibly easy to take care of, so why not? Most popular are bright blue, orange, red, and purple Linckias. Short finned are easier to care for and are more common, so we recommend that beginners start with these. Serpent stars do come in a variety of colours, and some of the other colours such as the red ones are also considered reef safe. If you run a freshwater aquarium, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for bringing it to life! Full-grown starfish can have a central disk diameter of almost an inch and a half, and legs as long as about 8 . While these snails are not a huge deal and don’t affect the overall health of the star very much, if at all, it is better to choose an uninfected specimen if possible.

Most stars, though considered reef safe, can be predatory towards small anemones, clams and small shrimp. Archerfish are infamous for their spitting — or rather shooting down small prey with water from up to 3 metres away. In short, they should be treated as a Linckia Star as the acclimation, health concerns, and housing are nearly identical. >>> Read our complete Flowerhorn Cichlid care guide, By Jón Helgi Jónsson (CC BY-SA 3.0 licence). Acclimation to your tank needs to be slow and steady, with most owners recommending a two or three hour drip acclimation.

To minimize the possibility of the product being delayed over the weekend, we ship our products Monday - Wednesday. Unfortunately, stores still seem to love selling these animals to new tank owners, or ones with a 75 gallon tank or less. dead starfish in freshwater? The Cherry Barb is a popular tropical freshwater fish that’s a member of the large Cyprinidae family. I think getting a healthy specimen in the beginning is key to my success. Plus, they jump: to almost 2 meters from the surface!

Tiger, pinstriped, blood red, pink, leopard, yellow, and many more colors and patterns are available. Much like the Fromia Starfish, there are several types of Brittle Stars that could have made it onto this list, and the come in a variety of shapes and colours.

All starfish require a established tank, and all are intolerant of sudden changes is salinity, temperature & pH, no starfish will tolerate copper based treatments.. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Always kept blue linkia’s without a problem.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. There are over 1,000 species of Killifish that vary widely in their appearance. Microbrittle starfish are the only ones I add to tanks. Although it’s not the biggest freshwater fish, it requires a large tank as it likes its space, and is also best suited to a strong current — hence why it’s better for intermediate fish keepers. There are thousands of different cichlid variations but we’ve chosen one of the most popular here: the convict cichlid, so named for its incredible black and white stripes! While some species do have a mottled appearance, the solid colored species should be uniform in color. One of the most popular groups of invertebrates are starfish, and it seems that every aquarist wants one or two in their tank.

In short, they should be treated as a Linckia Star as the acclimation, health concerns, and housing are nearly identical. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I wasn't sure if it was safe but gladly accepted the gift.