Sea urchin cuc?

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  1. NADEEM

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    Hi all, i have a Boyu TL550. current CUC is 3 x snails and 2 hermits.
    i am thinking of adding a sea urchin, is this a good idea?
    does the sea urchin do a good job of cleaning up leftover food and stuff like that? i have lots of coral, do urchins damage coral?

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  3. Damen

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    they bump corals over if they not stuck down. mine do a fantastic clean up and keep the rocks squeaky clean from detritus. love my little dudes.
     
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    yip, rock polishers 101
     
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    Yip, Great rock poishers and corraline "seed sowers."

    However, be sure that you attache corals and rocks properly.
     
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    I need one of those, mine only seems to eat my corralline, is it species dependant @irie ivan? I have a short spine from our North Kwazula Natal coast?
     
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    Get a tuxedo urchin!!! I used to have one and there was some gha in my tank and the urchin munched every little piece...:)
     
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    Most eat coralline. Duiring their coralline crunching escapades, the distribute micro chips of corralline algae throughout the tank, speeding up colonization of other surfaces.
     
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    Ok cool! Glad he won't only eat it , but spread it too.

    Thanks man, mine is a species of tuxedo from our coasts, I have no GHA, even have to supplement feeding my emeralds, otherwise, goodbye some corals.
     
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    Hehe I also have an emerald crab and love it to bits.. Its my fav crustacean.. The tuxedo will carry anything around that is loose so just secure your corals..
     
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    :lol: Yeah, mine got hold of one of my snails the other day, poor thing was carried around for almost a day!
     
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    Hehe that's hilarious.. The snail got a taxi drive.:thumbup:.
     
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    Urchins are amazing at cleaning .
    I had a GHA outbreak, and my crew of 4 are ripping it apart

    Wouldn't leave them out of tank in future
     
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    amen to CUC, they chow algae like machines and clear rocks for new growth, but as mentioned, they can be bulldozers, knocking down or carrying things around, ive seen an urchin carry a zoa colony around for a month, the zoas loved it lol
     
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    love its cleaning ability you all speak about, BUT, the knocking everything over worries me, my corals are not cemented/glued down onto the rocks. they are just placed nicely, i reckon a sea urchin will make a great mess in my little tank
     
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    Ok so another question, the urchin can damage corals like the bubble coral, by maybe puncturing it? Has that ever happend?? Mine is currently sitting wayyyyy too close for my liking to the bubble coral and worries me a bit?
     
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    I haven't heard of it, I could be wrong, but I don't think so as the coral will naturally deflate it's bubbles if disturbed too much.
     
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    hey @Zandy my long spine urchin contiguously climbs over our bubble corals. they dont do anything to it. the little bubbles will deflate for a brief moment then a few min later the bubbles are all back.
     
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