Red Reef Starfish - Fromia milleporella
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The Red Reef Starfish (Fromia milleporella) is often sought after by reef enthusiasts. Their bodies are slightly flattened and colored brilliant red with tiny black pores. This starfish is also occasionally known as the "Porous Sea Star".
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 (although Fromia starfish are thought to feed on sponges) and invertebrates while thicker-bodied stars like Chocolate Chip and Bahama stars will prey on snails, corals and other stationary inverts.
|Common Name||Red Reef Starfish|
|Scientific Name||Fromia milleporella|
|Reef Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Invert Safe||Yes, with caution|
|Max Size (in inches)||6|
|Min Tank Size (in gallons)||30|
|Diet||largely unknown, thought to eat sponges|
|Specific Gravity Range||1.022-1.026|
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