Originally Posted by Autumnsky
I have tended to use gloves if I have to move him but no issues yet and the lfs
used bare hands.
It is really neat. I guess I am easily fascinated.
you never held 1 bare handed ? they are so neat the way they move around they actually tickle ,
they are indeed interesting you would think a creature with such sharp spikes to be aggressive , but they are the most docile critter ,
the fun part is hand feeding put a good size chunk of shrimp in the palm of your hand and let the urchin climb into your hand to eat it , watching all those tiny tenticals working the shrimp in it's mouth ,
I remember when I first started one of my tanks I had like 15 hitchhike in with my live rock they were so tiny about the size of a penny , I sold all of them off except for 2 now one is about 3inch in size and the other is around 4 in , they are little thieves as they like to steal coral and wear it , on occasion I'll catch a small goby resting between the spikes just taking a ride , it's funny seeing snails and hermits sneaking a ride ,
if I remember right I believe the urchin is in the star fish family , I used to get upset seeing all my corals on the urchin but I soon learned that 1 tiny coral would turn into many more tiny coral , the urchin is a natural farmer
tuxedo urchins and long spiny urchins are reef safe pencil urchins are not as they tend to knock everything over
certain fish will eat urchins triggers and puffers ect but most other fish learned to live in harmony
they are fun to watch fun to hold on occasion fun to watch eat they are interesting creatures indeed