Pin Cushion Starfish - Culcita sp.
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Pin Cushion Starfish (Culcita sp.) are also known as "Bun Stars" or "Pillow Stars". They are aggressive predators and should not be kept with invertebrates like corals, other starfish or snails that may become food for them. They can be fed meaty frozen or fresh foods and they will also graze and feed on leftovers in the aquarium. These stars do not have long, distinguishable arms like their relatives but are fast movers. Colors, body patterns, and textures vary greatly.
Starfish in general are very sensitive to changes in water quality and conditions. If temperature, salinity or other water parameters change quickly, starfish cannot regulate the change and are often damaged or killed. Be sure to acclimate carefully and while doing water changes, make sure the "new" water is as close as possible to the "old" water in its parameters.
Most starfish are scavengers. Some may prey on snails and invertebrates while others eat detritus, leftover food, and tiny organisms in and on the substrate and rockwork. Fromia and Linckia starfish are among the group of stars that are considered safe for corals and invertebrates while thicker-bodied stars like Chocolate Chip and Bahama stars will prey on snails, corals and other stationary inverts.
|Common Name||Pin Cushion Starfish|
|Scientific Name||Culcita sp.|
|Max Size (in inches)||6|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||55|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
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