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Old 09-10-2008, 05:20 PM   #11
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I can only offer you my experience and mine lived a long time happy and healthy. They just didn't look as nice as they should have but, I figured as long as they weren't killing the corals I'd let them be. I did eventually have to move them (had to move some fish around to make room for a fish adoption) and they gained thier color back but they didn't seem nearly as happy without thier coral.
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but i really wish that he'd wait a few months for an anemone.
There is no guarantee that he will host with the anenome. Mine would not and hosted with a bubble coral. I had to take the anenome back. Here he is with the bubble coral.

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Old 09-10-2008, 05:24 PM   #13
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There is no guarantee that he will host with the anenome. Mine would not and hosted with a bubble coral. I had to take the anenome back. Here he is with the bubble coral.

Why did you have to take the anemone back? Couldnt keep both?
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You may get differing opinions on urchins in general but since you are doing a reef, I'd pass. They are clumbsy and really should have more space and liverock to feed from. The one you see in my pic is a common purple urchin that was a hitchhiker. He was a bit of a pain because he would plow through the corals, knocking them over. They really aren't graceful at all.
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wow, so they wont regain their color at all if something doesnt change? hmmmmmmmm... i dont really kno what to do now?
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Well, I wouldn't panic yet since your not even sure if they are trying to claim any of the corals. They may just be testing them out and may or may not find them appealing. I'd give it some time and see what happens.
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You may get differing opinions on urchins in general but since you are doing a reef, I'd pass. They are clumbsy and really should have more space and liverock to feed from. The one you see in my pic is a common purple urchin that was a hitchhiker. He was a bit of a pain because he would plow through the corals, knocking them over. They really aren't graceful at all.
You're being so diplomatic I have two tuxedo urchins (which I enjoy a lot) that are constantly dragging things around and moving them. I think roka has a picture of his dragging around a hydrometer! They are neat creatures but be prepared for some moving around. Also, keep in mind that they will pretty much strip all of the algae from your live rock.

Just want to make sure you're aware of some naughty things that they do.
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Why did you have to take the anemone back? Couldnt keep both?
It was always moving around messing with my corals. Had to go.
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LOL I have a pincusion that is a grabber of things as well. But he was talking about a long spine and I don't believe they pick things up. They will eat all algae, including coralline but with its long spines, grace is just not something I'd think of when considering one, especially in a small tank.
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maybe ill hold off on the urchin to put in to the 55 gal. any thoughts on a marbal, or serpent, or brittle star?
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