Marble Orange Star (Fromia nodosa)
Phylum: Echinodermata, Class: Asteroidea
Range: Western Pacific
Size: 6 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Sponges
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: Fromia Starfish are echinoderms that move with tube feet. They control their tube feet with an internal water vascular system. Fromia nodosa is observed on reef rubble and rock. It is generally believed that this starfish preys on sponges on the reef.
Husbandry: The Marble Orange Star generally feeds on sponges. This makes them difficult to care for in a home aquarium. Most will not eat meaty foods (Mysis). It will do best if provided a large amount of live rock with sponge and other organisms growing on it. It should be acclimated VERY slowly over a period of hours to a new aquarium. Small but rapid changes in salinity are often fatal.
AKA: Nodous Sea Star
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