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T-Rex by imageoftravisty
Meet the latest addition to my aquarium!

It's a Chocolate Chip Sea Star. Here we see him getting prepped for his new home, through the method of drip acclimation. They're very sensitive to sudden changes in salinity, pH, and so forth, so I put him in this bucket and slowly added drops at a time from the main aquarium. After about two hours of this, he was ready to drop into the tank. Once there, he climbed up inside the Buddha, and didn't want to leave. But I coaxed him out with a bit of frozen shrimp (originally meant for me). I held it near his tube feet, which he used to grab the morsel and wiggle it towards his mouth.


I keep calling him "him", although—as with much marine life—gender has little/no meaning. This species can reproduce asexually, maybe even grow a whole 'nother specimen from a cut-off arm. I have no plans of testing that, though.

In other "star"-related news, I got my ticket for the Starfest convention next weekend. Guests will include Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes, and David Prowse, who played Darth Vader.

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christopher575
Apr. 15th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
He's purty.
seahorsemystic
Apr. 15th, 2012 01:22 pm (UTC)
I love it. I want an aquarium, too. So amazing, and I hear it helps de-stress people.
managoddess
Apr. 16th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
He looks like delicious dessert!
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