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Old 10-19-2005, 01:04 AM   #1
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Chocolate Chip Star (Protoreastor nodosus)

Is it really not reef safe?
What should i feed it?
It was free so i couldn't say no.

Anything special i should know about it?

and I LOVE IT!
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Old 10-19-2005, 07:10 AM   #2
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YES, it really is not reef safe. They are predators, like most starfish. You might get away with for awhile, but evenually they will start to be destructive.

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Agreed, Not reef safe.

Check this out.

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i have one who distroyed a bunch of shrooms that hichiked into his tank
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Yup me too .... I recently obtained a CCS and was told that if you keep them well fed they will not bother anything! RIGHT ... so I was feeding him about every other day a chunk of shrimp and scallop, the other morning I woke up and he was on my one lone rock of shrooms and devoured all but 3 of them! I quickly moved the shrooms into my Nano and have decided that he needs bigger portions!

They eat like monsters!
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VERY destructive in a reef aquarium. they will park themselves on top of coral colonies and eat away. They have also been know to topple rockwork so make sure your LR is stable.
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i've had my chocolate chip for about 4 months and he's great. he hasn't touched any of my mushrooms. i give him a chunk of shrimp or mussel typically about every 4 days or so. he'll sit at the top of the tank and i'd say about 3/4 of him will be stretched out on the water's surface just calling for the food when he detects it.

i have no corals but from what i've heard he'll devour them.

EDIT: i should add that mushrooms, snails and hermit crabs are my only macro sized non-fish life in my tank
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About chocolate chip starfish:

http://www.gofishdirect.com/commerce...86&log_pid=yes

Quote the following statements from this site:

Chocolate Chip Starfish
Great For Reefs.

AND:

REEF SAFE: NO. Eats sessile inverts, feeds on or kills anemones, live corals, sponges, feather dusters, or live rocks.

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Great.
Thats good to know. Now i have 3 fish i cant put in a reef. lol
well. i'm gonna try to sell it then.
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I saw that too dianeww 8O
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