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Linckia laevigata
Blue Starfish

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Photo Credit: Cecilia Chen

Name: Linckia laevigata
Origin: ?

Size Behavior Reef
? cm Peaceful Safe


A popular species of starfish that is attractive and peaceful, though larger ones have been known to knock over corals as they move across the live rock. It is non-carnivorous and can safely be kept with most life in the tank. They do need to hide during the day, so provide plenty of live rock with crevices. Does not acclimate easily to the new tank, so float for a length of time before adding. As with all inverts, it needs to be kept away from copper. Grows quite large; mine is about 25 cm across already.

Contributed by Cecilia Chen

I just got mine about a month ago. I was very hesitant to get it since I've heard they have a high mortality rate, but I already tried the red stars so I wanted to try the blue now. He's in my 280 L right now. He hides a lot during the day and comes out during the night. He eats algae that he finds on the rocks. He gets along very well with my fish. During the day, he likes to move around the caves that my Purple Firefish sleep in. You have to be very careful when you add him to a tank. You have to make sure you do the drip method to add him, not the float method. Simply float the bag in the water for a few minutes so that he gets used to the temperature and then either pour him into a bucket and add water slowly from the tank into the bucket or I prefer to keep him in the bag and use something like a mini turkey baster that I sometimes get in my bottles of reef iodide and reef calcium. I simply add drops of water every few seconds and then when it's time, I empty some of the water from the bag out and then continue again. After doing this process two or three times, you can add the starfish to your tank. Mine's currently in my reef and he's doing very well.

Contributed by Mike

A previous comment about the blue linckia states they are not carnivorous. Little to nothing is known of their eating requirements. I keep one that makes his rounds every few weeks to include the Ocellaris clowns' eggs growing on the glass. I have kept him for about 2 years.

Contributed by Carole

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