Discussion in 'Livestock For Sale/Swap' started by IMarine, 29 Jan 2008.
Hi guys i got 3 x pencil urchins to give away good algae eaters
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Hi IMarine - IF they are reef-safe, then I will definitely take 1 (only 1 - otherwise they might end up dying from a lack of food). BUT, I must say, that I have MORE than enough algae in my tank!
I will PM you my contact details. Where in CT is "Walmer Estate" IMarine? I live in Table View/Parklands area...
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.023-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4; dKH 8-12
Color Form: Brown, Tan
Reef Compatible: No
The Pencil Urchin of the Eucidaris genera is also known as the Mine or Club Urchin. It has a brown, sometimes mottled body with stubby, thick spines radiating out in all directions. The spines are surrounded by basal plates. Never try to pry it out of a hole, as you will break its spines before it lets go. As it ages, its spines may become covered with coralline and other types of algae.
During the day it will seek shelter in the rocks; at night it will come out and forage for food, looking particularly for algae lawns and smaller invertebrates like sea squirts or sponges. It can be destructive to corals. It requires an aquarium with multiple hiding places and live rock on which it can graze. The rock formations should be sturdy, since the Urchin could dislodge rocks as it moves around the tank. The Pencil Urchin is very sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications and will not tolerate high levels of nitrates. If water conditions are poor, it will shed its spines.
It is extremely difficult to breed in an aquarium and has no distinguishing characteristics to help differentiate it from its mate.
It should be offered dried seaweed and some animal-based supplemental foods
sorry bra all gone
Hi bra the only reason i got rid of them is because it ate my good algae, and it is reef safe had them for some time
good to know, always so many different views out there !!!!
If i tell you that thear was a pair of mine that bread you might say i am crazy, got one baby that i gave away as well
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