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This species is a hardy and active fish that is well suited to reef tanks. It is an excellent scavenger and can be seen cruising around the tank looking for food. When it finds something of interest it will often take it back to its hiding spot to consume it. It is important to provide plenty of live rock for this fish to forage on and plenty of hiding places for it to retreat to. In addition, it is important to ensure the aquarium is large enough to support multiple individuals if desired. This species is a peaceful fish, but it is not uncommon for it to display territorial behavior towards its own kind if the aquarium is not large enough.
The Indian Sea Star is an incredibly sensitive species, and should be handled with the utmost care. Drip acclimation is the ideal method for introducing the Sea Star to a new aquarium, as it helps prevent sudden changes in oxygen levels, salinity and pH of the water, which the species cannot tolerate. Additionally, copper-based medications should be avoided when caring for the Indian Sea Star. It is important to remember that it should never be exposed to air while handling, as this can lead to detrimental consequences. With the right care and attention, this species can make a wonderful addition to any aquarium.
Feeding a cat small pieces of shrimp, mussel, or flaked food can help to improve its overall health.