Urgent help needed Flower urchin advice

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  1. Barlan

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    Hi all

    firstly let me say that i apologise for not researching this beautiful urchin before purchasing it, cause i know that is the rule of thumb, but when i was told its venomous, i wasnt thinking it could kill a person.

    so. i have one, but i'm afraid to put it in my tank now, because i dont know if it will kill my fish with one touch or even kill me.

    has anyone had experience with these and what advise can anyone give me.

    i have a few gobies and dragonets, i'd assume they're more likely to "bump" into the urchin as they're rock/sand/glass dwelling.

    so with that in mind, what advice can the experts give me.
     
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    15 min of head to toe paralysis....:whistling:
     
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    i'm assuming it is your urchin?

    where did it touch you?
    how did you treat it? did you need an anti-venom? no loss of body parts, right?

    have you lost any fish from it?

    sorry about the q's, but i worry :)
     
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    what about prawns? they're pretty inquisitive, will they get stung and die?

    i'm judging by the fact that all new stock get the once over by my cleaner shrimps.
     
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    I have a long spine black urchin and have never seen my fish or inverts picking or near it. flower urchins are extremely venomous. they are considered reef safe just be careful WHERE you have your hands in the tank :) post a pic
     
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    The only advice i can give you is that everyone reacts different to venom. If a bee stings me, No problem. If a bee stings my cousin, he wont be so lucky if he doesn't take his meds. So you wont truly know how dangerous it is to you until you get stung. Just my 2c
     
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    Firstly, do not panic. Having this urchin is no more dangerous than driving on our streets, CARE IS NEEDED on you part. Secondly, fish have an intrinsic "logic" that is inbred into them for what to avoid, like staying from anemones, cones, sharks, etc. This urchin is not a predator, so it is "harmless."

    Thirdly, if you feel you are still stressed about the anemone, take it back to the LFS, I am sure they will understand your sentiment.:) PM me if you have any problems, I'll gladly be of assistance.

    PS, your shrimps will be fine because of their exoskeleton, they will only get hurt if they are squashed, in all fairness your hand or a falling rock will do more damage than this urchin.
     
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    GREAT LINK Dallas!
     
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    Hi guys. So looks like I'm going to return it or give it away. If anyone wants it knowing the risks please let me know.
     
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    me me me me : lol
     
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    why do you want to get rid of it?? it shouldnt pose a problem unless you have very very small fish that might get into its teeth along a current....which i doubt or do you like putting your hands in your tank all the time (playing with your flower urchin :whistling:) leave him be before you decide bud
     
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    in the meantime show us what he looks like :biggrin:
     
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