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Old 09-29-2008, 10:11 PM   #1
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how many purple urchins can i have in a 55 gal?
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:14 PM   #2
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I would say 1 would be plenty they are good eaters and may starve if there is more than 1
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Old 09-29-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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ok thanks for that wat would be the advantages and disadvantages of having one in my tank? i know nothing about them my mom wants me to put one in the tank she saw one in a gift shop store tank in florida ( alvins island) lol
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:37 AM   #4
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Watch out, they will pick up anything (snails included) and carry them around. I have had a few snails being carried around a few days and ended up starving. I still like them. I have a pincushion and a pencil urchin in my 55. They mostly seem to munch coraline and whatever is on the rock trying to get the coraline.
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:02 PM   #5
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ok i will keep a eye on it once i get it thanks
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Check out my images, you can see mine hauling stuff around.
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My purple urchin never picks stuff up, I think it's spines are too far apart.

Mine however, did like munching on soft corals (leathers and zoos). It's a heck of a scavenger though...nice part of my clean up crew.

Scott, I love the pictures of your urchin carrying around... a hydrometer! haha
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LOL! Yeah, it did that for about a day. It was getting readings in different areas of my tank for me!
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my lfs tried to talk me out of buying one because he said if it died it would release a poision into my tank and kill my other fish. wat do you think? i dont have any corals yet.
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Um, as far as I know the long spined urchins are the only poisonous urchin readily available in the hobby.
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