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Old 10-22-2004, 10:25 PM   #1
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sick sea urchin?

Does anyone know if sea urchins shed their spines? We have a red pencil urchin whose spines are turning green and falling off. Is my urchin dying or shedding? I don't think they shed. Does anyone know for sure? It gets plenty of food (algae). Any info will do. Thank you!
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Old 10-22-2004, 10:44 PM   #2
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Sorry to say he is probably dying. How long have you had him? Too fast acclimation can be a problem with them. They are also very sensative to water quality changes.
Shedding spines is not a good sign. All you can really do is keep excellent water quality for him and hope.
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He's been around for awhile. He is quite large so he might be at the end of his life. Water quality is the same. Thanks.
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Yes it just may be age-normal.
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