Sand Sifting Starfish

The Sand Sifting Starfish is a great addition to a home aquarium, not only due to its immediate benefits of a unique species that hosts a great brown and beige covered invertebrate, but because of the many services it will perform. This starfish will continuously glide through the sand bed and move around large amounts of sand in its search for food. The Sand Sifting Starfish will be most active at night as it is a nocturnal invertebrate and will continuously scavenge the tank and sand bed for foods such as uneaten food and algae. 

It is important to not add this starfish to a aquarium that already holds predatory species such as puffer fish and trigger fish as it may see the starfish as food. Additionally, it should not be added to a tank that contains a harlequin shrimp as it will be eaten. In order to keep this starfish thriving it needs to be housed in a aquarium of at least 100 litres with a deep sand bed to satisfy its natural behaviour. 

It is also important to note that this starfish is not significantly hardy, and will be susceptible to any sudden alterations in salinity, pH and oxygen levels. Additionally similar to all invertebrates it would not be in a aquarium with elevated copper levels or copper treatment should not be used on a tank containing this starfish. Furthermore, when purchasing this starfish it is important to very slowly acclimate it due to its susceptibility in changes and to also never expose it to air in the process. 

This starfish will most likely be content with eating the algae in your aquarium, but if there is an insufficient amount present then it is important to feed them. They can be fed with a variety of food sources, such as shrimps, clams, mussels and other meaty foods as well as herbivore preparations. 

Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 1'
Colour: Tan
Diet: Omnivore
Supplements: Trace Elements
Family: Astropectinidae
Origin: Fiji, Indonesia, Singapore, Solomon Islands

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Easy to Care For
Easy to Feed
Peaceful with Others
Reef Safe

  1. Great Star. Make sure you have a fairly deep sand bed to support its eating habits. Only recommend for an established tank. Personally, I have not had much luck feeding mine but it has done well on its own. Does a great job keeping your sand bed clean.

  2. This starfish is hardy, fast, and perfect for cleaning up leftovers. It is safe for the most delicate of marine life, like seahorse fry. It will readily eat excess frozen baby brines shrimp and other frozen foods.

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