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The Sand Sifting Starfish, also known as the White Starfish, is a beneficial addition to any marine aquarium. As their name suggests, they are known for their ability to sift through sand and gravel in search of food and to help keep the substrate clean. They are also fascinating to watch as they move around the tank and can add a unique element to your aquarium.


To ensure the health and well-being of the Sand Sifting Starfish, it is important to provide them with a well-established aquarium with a sand or gravel substrate of at least 2-3 inches deep. They are sensitive to changes in water chemistry and require good water quality, so regular water changes and proper filtration are necessary.


In terms of diet, the Sand Sifting Starfish are primarily detritivores and feed on leftover food and debris that settle on the substrate. They will also consume small amounts of live or frozen meaty foods, such as brine shrimp or mysis shrimp, as well as algae-based foods.


The water parameters for the Sand Sifting Starfish should be maintained as follows:

  • pH: 8.1-8.4
  • Salinity: 1.023-1.025
  • Temperature: 72-78°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Sand Sifting Starfish

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