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Old 12-19-2006, 11:31 AM   #11
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out of curiosity, why would he have to "coax" the urchin out with a carrot or whatever? cant you just grab that sucker and put it in the qt?
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mazilla, you can't just pick urchins up. No place to grab without killing them, and they can stick to things pretty good. But if you get them to release, which you can do by bumping them gently , they will float into anything.

Also, it wasn't suggested to use the carrots to coax him into a container, rather to feed to the urchin.

I think I've decided to put them in a 10 gallon for now. Until I find someplace to take them.
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wow, i didnt know that. is this a rule for ALL urchins, or are there some exceptions? how do you buy one if you cant pick it up, or do you have to wait for it to float and kinda swoop in on it? sorry for the dumb questions, i just never realized they(urchins) are this complicated. i was thinking abut getting a couple from the lfs, now i am having second thoughts.
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You have to watch for the long spined urchins, they are venemous. Other's just be gentle when you have to pry them off of rock or the glass. I have never had a problem moving my pincushion or pencil urchins.
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They aren't difficult at all, the exact opposite. Like I said, when I want to move mine I just keep bumping it until they let go. You can lightly touch the urchins, although best not to with your bare hands. They don't intermittently float whenever they want, they are pretty easy to move through the water when you want them to, that's what I meant. Hope that makes sense.
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