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Old 01-17-2005, 12:38 AM   #1
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How long should I wait to get an urchin??

I have a 90 gal that has been up and running for about 2 months. I was thinking in about a month or two. Is this too soon? I know they require good water quality. My nitrates are around 4-5. Everything else is as it should be. TIA
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Whats kind do you want?
The Blue tux are great...
I got mine after about 2-3 months and all is well. I even picked up a 2nd for my tank....
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Old 01-17-2005, 04:15 PM   #3
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My Pencil Urchin came as a hitchhiker on LR (not even submerged in water). Not as pretty as the blue tux, but hes nifty none the less. I think you should be fine with an Urchin.
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Old 01-17-2005, 05:17 PM   #4
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I was told that Urchins will eat coraline off of the LR. Is this true?
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Old 01-17-2005, 07:03 PM   #5
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maybe some, but I think that is overblown.
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Old 01-18-2005, 09:44 AM   #6
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XXFirefighter-that is one good looking urchin, thanks for sharing
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Old 01-18-2005, 10:23 AM   #7
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I've had a few pin cushion and long black spiney urchins and i got rid of them because they definitely enjoy munching on corraline.
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Do the blue tux urchin eats coraline algea? I would like to get me one also.
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Do the blue tux urchin eats coraline algea? I would like to get me one also.
if you target feed them, it should not be an issue. I say go for it.
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Old 01-18-2005, 02:45 PM   #10
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Darn it! I wuz starting to think about one, but I'm not one to target feed. Got a beautiful rusty gorgonia last month. Dying off slowly when I got bad info about them not needing target feeding. I swish cyclopeeze every so often and do the DT stuff, but can't get into target feeding.
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You don't have to target feed if you have enough algae in your system. I just enjoy doing it and my urchins tend to leave my Coraline alone. Here are a couple of mine.
One likes to eat nori from the clip, and another likes to steal the clip. :P
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I also have a white Pincushion and of course Spikey.
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What is that tux eating in the third pic up top?! Looks like he's playing with a ball of string. Great looking animals. Thanks for sharing your pics with us!
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/Urchin n00b questions

Do Urchins have eyes or do they move around entirely by smell and touch? Also, do they fall over, and can they right themselves if they do?

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What is that tux eating in the third pic up top?!
Its a piece of macroalgae, can't remember what its called.

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Do Urchins have eyes or do they move around entirely by smell and touch?
if you look closely at an urchin, in between their spines are transparent wavy apendages . I believe they use these to "feel" their way around.

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No worries, there really is no "right" position for them, although they do seem to prefer having their mouth under them. I suppose its easier to eat this way.
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Yes, thank you both for sharing those pictures with us. They are amazing creatures. I love the look of the blue tux and the black longspine.

1. Should I wait a few weeks or do I have the green light to get these guys?
2. Any pointers to keep them healthy other than the obvious (good water parameters)?
2. Will nori/seaweed keep them happy and healthy, or do they require other types of food?
3. Do these guys ship well? The 3 lfs that I frequently visit don't carry them often and I was considering ordering them on-line. Good idea or no?

And lastly, thanks for the advice and pics.
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1. Should I wait a few weeks or do I have the green light to get these guys?
I think you are OK.
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2. Any pointers to keep them healthy other than the obvious (good water parameters)?
Just target feed them nori 2-3 times a week and they will be fine. Also make sure your rockwork is stable.These guys can be little bulldozers.
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2. Will nori/seaweed keep them happy and healthy, or do they require other types of food?
Mine love nori, other than that they will graze the algae in the tank...no worries.
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I odered all but the longspine online, no problem there.
Have fun, they are cool little creatures!
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