Also known as the Nodular Sea Star, or Chocolate Chip Starfish, the Chocolate Chip Sea Star naturally inhabits a fairly large habitat. Though most commonly found in shallow lagoons, the Chocolate Chip Sea Star can also be found at depths down to 75 feet deep in the Indo-Pacific reef region. A large aquarium with open access to a mature sand bed several inches in depth best recreates the preferred habitat of the Chocolate Chip Sea Star. While relatively hardy, the Chocolate Chip Sea Star requires particular attention to water quality. Like many invertebrates, the Chocolate Chip Sea Star requires high water quality and will not tolerate high nitrate levels.
The Chocolate Chip Sea Star is a highly-recognizable ornamental sea star that boasts instant appeal. It is not difficult to imagine the dark chocolate brown tubercles (protrusions) that dot the surface of the sea star as chocolate chips on top of a tasty cookie. While it may seem odd to consider a sea star "cute," the charming color pattern reminiscent of the classic baked treat makes the Chocolate Chip Sea Star a highly desirable addition to a FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) aquarium.