Sand Sifting Starfish

Brand: Inverts


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Scientific Name: Astropecten polycanthus
Reef safe: Yes
Care level: Moderate
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Acclimation: Drip application is extremely important for all star fish due to the fact they don’t like intolerable changes in water chemistry.

The Sand Sifting Starfish requires a deep sand bed as well as an established reef aquarium. These Starfish burrow into the sand and help turn over it so that anaerobic bacteria and pockets of toxic gases do not form in the sand bed. Sand Sifting starfish have a large appetite and will consume many small organisms including worms, copepods, amphipods and other small crustaceans found living within the sand bed of an established aquarium. When keeping sand sifting starfish a general rule of 1 sand sifting per 75 gallons, this helps ensure that the sand sifting starfish will provided enough food to survive. If there is not already a healthy food supply of copepods and amphipods in the reef tank they should be supplemented or seeded to the tank before owning a sand sifting starfish.