Chocolate Chip Star Fish

Species information for the Chocolate Chip Star Fish, in the Stars category.

  1. Scientific name - Protoreaster nodosus

    Family – Oreasteridae

    Common name – Chocolate Chip, Nodular Starfish

    Max Size – 15 in (36 cm)

    Range: Indonesia, Solomon Islands

    Care Level – Moderate

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – The starfish will search the aquarium for detritus and other things. It will eat what it finds in on the rockwork including worms, shrimp, bivalves, mollusks, corals and other sea stars. It will often require supplemental feedings of marine meaty foods, such as shrimp or scallops.

    Aquarium suitability –

    Reef compatibility – No

    Captive care – This starfish will roam the aquarium eating detritus and other things it finds. It should be feed a supplemental diet. It will do best in a larger FOWLR tank, with a deep sand bed. Like all invertebrates it is extremely sensitive to nitrates and copper, and even tiny amounts are lethal to them. If you find your starfish “dissolving” check for stray voltage in the aquariums, they are extremely sensitive to stray voltage. Like all starfish, they should never be exposed to air.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
    little_fish, Feb 7, 2011