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The Chocolate Chip Sea Stars have dull spines, bumps or knobs on their dorsal surface often in contrasting colors. This species is hardy but is an aggressive feeder and will be more than happy to mount and consume sessile invertebrates including clams, urchins, oysters, anemones, and all manner of corals (soft and stony). Is also known to prey on sleeping, slow or weak fish. If it can catch it, it will eat it. This species is best kept for eating detritus in fish only systems as this is what it is best suited for.
Most Invertebrates, ESPECIALLY Seastars require very long and slow drip acclimation process of at least 2 hours or more as they cannot adjust quickly to even small changes in pH, temperature, and alkalinity. Like all invertebrates, this species is intolerant of extreme nitrate levels (over 20) and cannot live in tanks that have had copper-based medications dispensed. Due to the sensitive nature of this animals stringent acclimation requirements and sensitivity to being properly acclimated, it is on the Restricted Species List.
Behavior: The Protoreastor nodosus is generally aggressive toward other tankmates.
Water parameters: Keep water quality high (SG 1.023 - 1.025, pH 8.1 - 8.4, Temp. 72 - 78 F).
Care: Many consider the Protoreastor nodosus a low-maintenance specimen. Not venomous.
Size: The Chocolate Chip Sea Star may grow to 6 inches.
Origin: The Chocolate Chip Sea Star is commonly collected from Indo-Pacific.
Color: The Chocolate Chip Sea Star has a orange, tan, yellow, cream, brown, red color.
Feeding: It likes to eat Eats meathy bits of seafood and detritus. Also will eat corals, anemones, urchins, crustaceans, small fish and anything else it can catch..
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