Chocolate Chip Starfish

The Chocolate Chip Starfish often do poorly in aquariums; some don't eat at all or eat inappropriate foods that do not provide complete nutrition. Their stiff, spinous bodies prevent them from getting into the rockwork in search of food. They have relatively stiff rays with a smooth, almost featureless epidermis from which rises a series of large, evident spines. Chocolate-chip stars are tan or light brown with large, blunt, dark brown spines. Few other aquarium species will bother them. They are NOT suitable for reef aquariums. They may eat sessile invertebrates, including soft corals, stony corals and sea anenomes.

Feed a varied meaty diet in addition to herbivore diets including algae. Reportedly, they feed on sponges in nature. (Credit - "Pocket Expert Guide, Marine Invertebrates")

Scientific Name: Protoreaster nodosus
Common Name(s): Starfish
Family: Oreasteridae
Care / Experience Level: Easy / Beginner
Coloration: Tan & Brown
Reef Compatible: No
Disposition: Peaceful
Minimum Tank Size (Gal): 100
Full Grown Size (inches): 5
Diet: Carnivore
Supplements: NA
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Water Specific Gravity: 1.023-1.026 
Water Temperature (F): 72-78
Water pH: 8.1-8.4
Water dkH: 8-12

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