Chocolate Chip Starfish (Protoreaster nodosus) Care
The Chocolate Chip Starfish, Protoreaster nodosus, is also known as the Colored Chocolate Chip Starfish. These sea stars come from the Indo-Pacific region. They have a tan body with dark brown tubercles that resemble chocolate chips on the body and arms.
They are carnivores and will scavenge for leftover foods found in the tank. You can provide supplemental food like mysis and brine shrimp and small pieces of fresh and frozen seafood.
They can grow up to 12″ and require an aquarium of at least 100 gallons with a sand bed and plenty of room to cruise around in search of food.
Chocolate Chip Starfish are NOT reef safe and are known to eat soft corals, sponges, tubeworms, clams, and other starfish.
NOTE: These sea stars are very sensitive to changes in salinity so acclimation should be done very slowly.
Approximate Purchase Size
Small: 1” to 1-1/2”
Small/Medium: 1-1/2” to 2-1/4”
Medium: 2-1/4” to 3”
Medium/Large: 3” to 4
Large: 4” to 5”
Extra Large: 5” to 6”
Extra Extra Large: Over 6”