Burgundy Starfish


Scientific name - Tamaria sp

Family – Ophidiasteridae

Common name – Burgundy, Purple, Tamarisk Starfish

Max Size – 8 in (20 cm)

Range: Fiji, Tonga

Care Level – Moderate

Temperament – Peaceful

Foods and feeding – The starfish will search the aquarium for detritus and other things. It will eat what it finds in on the rockwork including worms, shrimp, bivalves, mollusks and other sea stars. It will often require supplemental feedings of marine meaty foods, such as shrimp or scallops.

Aquarium suitability –

Reef compatibility – With Caution, it may damage clams, sponges and small anemones.

Captive care – This starfish will roam the aquarium eating detritus and other things it finds. The starfish prefers a brightly lit aquarium. It should be feed a supplemental diet. Interestingly, this starfish may have 5 or 6 arms. Like all invertebrates it is extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and even tiny amounts are lethal to them. If you find your starfish “dissolving” check for stray voltage in the aquariums, they are extremely sensitive to stray voltage. Like all starfish, they should never be exposed to air.
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