Hey guys, it's been a week since I saved a sea urchin from a repro class I'm in; we were suppose to dissect him alive and I refused. I took him home where he stayed in his little shipment bag with a bubbler. I set up a 10g saltwater tank the next day.
I bought 7 lbs live rock
10 lbs live sand
10 gallons of salt water from a LFS
from their tanks.
A small power head
A small heater.
And then added his bubbler
The first day he climbed on the rock, but then stayed there for almost 24 hrs and lost spines and his spines he had intact were droopy.
I for sure thought he was gonna die from all the stress.
Well the last few days he's been moving all over, his spins are straight and bright, he hasn't been loosing any more. And his tentacles are waving around like crazy.
I'm unsure about what species he his for sure, I'm guessing he's a green urchin. But if anyone could help identify him, that'd be great.
From what I've read, he's a cooler water urchin (his tank is currently 71 degrees F) and that he eats algae.
I've been leaving the lights on most of the day to help grow algae, and I have been putting little slices of dried seaweed food in there, but I haven't seen him touch it. The live rock does have some purple growth, and some other things growing on it.
His first day in the tank
Yesterday, looking much better
The water test from yesterday, the color of the viles look slightly different in person compared to the photo.
The salinity is 33
Specific gravity is 1.024
Just looking for some suggestions. I wish I would have had more time to let the tank cycle and set up, but I was in a bind, he had been in that bag for at least 3 days.
I know that maintaining 10g saltwater tank is hard, I plane on getting a much larger tank, I just have to buy things here and there and save up.
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