Chocolate Chip Starfish "Protoreaster nodosus"

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

5" - 8"

Minimum Size

55 gallon

Color

Black, Orange, Red, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Basic (8.2-8.5 pH), Salinity (1.02-1.025 specific gravity), High Water Hardness (10-15 dGH), 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Chocolate Chip Sea Star (Protoreaster nodosus) of the Indo-Pacific Ocean are armored with spiny nodules in the shape of a chocolate chip. Within the hobby, Chocolate Sea Star are commonly used as a food source to Pufferfish, Parrotfish, and Triggers. However, this scavenger may also be considered as part of the "clean up crew". The Chocolate Chip Sea Star should only be introduced to a cycled aquarium, and are not considered to be reef safe.

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): The Chocolate Chip Sea Star (Protoreaster nodosus) are an omnivorous scavenger, primarily consuming various algal species, detritus (dead particulate matter), Shrimp, and Mullusk.