The Purple Linckia Star, also known as the Purple Sea Star or Leiaster Sea Star, is a deep 'fuzzy' purple and has long cylindrical arms. This unique sea star can be differentiated from its relatives by its bright yellow tube feet and fuzzy appearance on close inspection. This sea star is one of the most popular with reef enthusiasts and thrives when maintained in good water conditions. A very active star, this species is normally visible during the day.
It prefers a well-lit aquarium with a sandy, coral rubble substrate, and live rock. It will move over the rock searching for small microorganisms and other bits of common detritus to eat. It may be harmful to clams, sponges, and small anemones. The Purple Linckia Sea Star is generally solitary.
The Purple Linckia Sea Star is very intolerant of sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, and cannot tolerate copper-based medications. The drip acclimation method is highly recommended for all Sea Stars due to their intolerability to changes in water chemistry. It should never be exposed to air while handling.
In the aquarium, the diet should be supplemented with dried seaweed, and small pieces of clam meat or tablets can be placed under the sea star.
Approximate Purchase Size: 2" to 4"
Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. “Expert Only” aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.