MarineDepot.com Education Center - Species Database
The Purple Linckia Sea Star is relatively rare and requires a well established aquarium of six months or more in age. Eats ONLY an almost invisible film algae. Many newer tanks are not established enough to provide the amount of film algae required by this peaceful invertebrate.
Most Invertebrates, ESPECIALLY Seastars require very long and slow drip acclimation process of at least 2 hours or more as they cannot adjust quickly to even small changes in pH, temperature, and alkalinity. Like all invertebrates, this species is intolerant of extreme nitrate levels (over 20) and cannot live in tanks that have had copper-based medications dispensed. Due to the sensitive nature of this animals stringent acclimation requirements and sensitivity to being properly acclimated, it is on the Restricted Species List.
Behavior: The Linckia species is generally peaceful toward other tankmates.
Water parameters: Keep water quality high (SG 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Care: Many consider the Linckia species a low-maintenance specimen. Not venomous.
Size: The Purple Linckia Sea Star may grow to 3 inches.
Origin: The Purple Linckia Sea Star is commonly collected from the Indian Ocean.
Color: The Purple Linckia Sea Star has a purple, lavendar color.
Feeding: It likes to eat Eats film algae.
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