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Old 10-10-2005, 08:09 PM   #1
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first coral, mistake?

Just today I bought my first coral, a beautiful swaying green polyp. I am currently acclimating it, but a scary thing entered my mind. I have two purple spiny urchins (which I love) which came as hitchhikers on my live rock way back in April. Is this an impossible match-up? I have read that urchins will destroy corals. True? If yes, how can I move the urchins?
I have a hang-on-back refugium with nothing in it. Could they go in there temporarily? Or permanently?
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The only problem they cause is that they bulldoze through and knock stuff over. I've never had an issue with them otherwise.
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So they won't go after the coral specifically? The urchins have been in there ever since my tank was set up with live rock, this past April, and they have never been a problem. I think I remember reading that the urchins will eat the corals.

Fluff (or anybody), have you had urchins in your reef tank?
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I currently have some a black urchin in my Nano, and as for corals ... I have Zoo's shrooms, GSp and Candy canes and the urchins haven't bothered anything!
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Old 10-10-2005, 09:18 PM   #5
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No, mine has never bothered any corals. There may be some coral eating species but these common purple/black ones are not the ones. The worse thing they will eat is some of your coralline algae. That was never a huge deal for me and honestly, I never seen much difference.
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I do think the urchins deplete the coraline algae, but for the most part it looks OK. I'm only concerned about the coral polyps.
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I'm only concerned about the coral polyps.
No need. Your corals will be fine.
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Thanks!!
Anyone else with first hand experience here?
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The urchins are only likely to go after the polyps and/or soft corals if they are really hungry. Unless you starve the poor things I think you're fine

Mine never ate my soft coarls - but anything green was gone within an hour.
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I have two urchins in my tank and so far they have not bothered any of my corals.
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