The Red Starfish, or Red Sea Star, of the genus Fromia may be
various shades of red. It has multiple black pores (dots) on its surface. The
tips of the arms are the same or a lighter color than the rest of the arm,
differentiating it from Fromia Indica.
It generally lives alone, but if the aquarium is large enough to support more
than one, it will tolerate others of its own species. It requires a mature tank
with algae and is generally fairly self-sufficient in the aquarium, finding
enough micro-organisms and detritus to scavenge if live rock is present. It is
diurnal. It is intolerant of copper-based medications and high levels of
nitrate, and is very sensitive to changes in specific gravity, temperature,
salinity and pH of the water, and oxygen levels. Avoid exposing a Red Starfish
to air or sudden salinity changes, as this is detrimental to its health, often
resulting in bacterial infections and necrosis of an arm, or possible death.
The Red Starfish is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium, with no
distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate it from its mate.
If there is insufficient algae growth in the aquarium, the diet should be
supplemented with flaked foods, and small pieces of fish or mussel.
It can reach a maximum size of 5" in aquarium.