Feeding a Starfish in a Saltwater Aquarium
Starfish are great additions to your saltwater aquarium because they usually move around the bottom of the aquarium where there is sand. This is beneficial to all living creatures in the fish tank because disturbing the sand means oxygen is being circulated, which means the bacteria growing there will have more oxygen to power them, in turn increasing the chances of eliminating the threat of nitrites and ammonia. This makes the starfish a beneficial member of your aquarium, which means you should know how to feed a starfish in a salt water aquarium to take care of them. In this article, we'll discuss the proper feeding of starfish in a saltwater aquarium.
How to Feed a Starfish in a Salt Water Aquarium?
Starfish are grazers, which means they gather food near the bottom of the reef aquarium. As scavengers, they eat whatever food reaches the bottom of the aquarium, including leftover fish food and small organic matter that may have accumulated on the sand bed. Most starfish breeds can eat anything from fish flakes to pieces that have fallen of fish. If none of these morsels are available at the bottom of the aquarium, you do not have to worry because what starfish really eat usually are algae.
Starfish are also big fans of sponges, so it would be good if you include some sponges into your aquarium. Some people choose to put frozen sponges in the aquarium, but some starfish prefer foods that are not frozen.
Feeding a starfish is as simple as just throwing food into the aquarium in such a way that you are sure that it will reach the bottom. The sand bed is where starfish usually dine so make sure that it is clear and there is enough space for them to graze.
Caring for Starfish
Because feeding starfish is not very complicated, it is not a big issue for you in terms of taking care of your pet starfish. The important consideration in taking care of a starfish is the condition of the entire fish tank ecosystem itself. Starfish can only thrive in aged saltwater aquariums, which means your aquarium should have already established a balanced biological order first before starfish can be introduced to it.
Matured Fish Tanks
Having an established aquarium is perfect if you want to take care of a starfish. In a matured fish tank, algae are abundant and that will give starfish a fertile grazing area even if you don't have excess fish food floating down to the sand bed.
Having starfish around in an established aquarium increases the quality of life inside the the aquarium. Starfish help in controlling nitrites in the water, providing plants and fish in the aquarium more oxygen. They are highly sensitive, though. They may easily become weak when exposed to air. They will also start to become sick when the water quality or the characteristics of the water like temperature and pH balance change dramatically. If you are taking care of a starfish, make sure that you are in total control of your aquarium.