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Blue Phataria Starfish - Phataria unifascialis

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Blue Phataria Starfish (Phataria unifascialis) are very similar to Linckia stars. They have rigid, 5-armed bodies and are typically blue with black lines although they do appear to have a pale blue, tan and orange form as well. They are relatively hardy for starfish and reef safe, feeding on algae, detritus and microorganisms.

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.
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Common NameBlue Phataria Star
Scientific NamePhataria unifascialis
Origineastern Pacific
Reef SafeYes
Invert SafeYes
Community SafeYes
Max Size (in inches)8
Min Tank Size (in gallons)55
DietOmnivore, specific diet unknown
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Internal Id

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Armed Forces Europe
Armed Forces Pacific
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