Acquired: Fish / pet store
Portland, Oregon, United States
Posted Apr 28, 2013
You would think that a chocolate chip sea star would look great in a reef tank, and they do! The problem is that will happily eat all the algae, coral and other live organisms in the tank. It is best to keep them in a non-reef tank that has happy community fish in it.
I had a starfish in the same tank as a couple of dwarf angels and a clownfish. It did well there but those are also fish that often frequent a reef tank, which should not house a starfish.
They are scavengers and will crawl the bottom and sides of the tank looking for a meal. In order to keep them in the best of health, I would recommend feeding chopped up squid, clams and other raw seafood. They will search the tank looking for treats such as this.
These are one of the sturdiest of the starfish that I have ever worked with and honestly, I can't say that I ever remember having one die. The color and shape of the chocolate chip star made it a favorite with my kids. They loved to get up in the morning and see where the starfish was hiding.