Hennie,I've owned a few of them over time (in fact, there's still one living in my sump somewhere), so here's a word or two of advise:
2. They eat algae - most any algae, which also includes coralline algae.
hi, have u got a thread in the members setup area so we can see your tank?
i stay down the road from u in sunninghill
No problem - it's always good to check facts...Just a question. I was searching www.reefkeeping.com and according to the website the Eucidaris Metularia are carnivorous species.
Don't misunderstand me... I am not doubting your statement, just seems to be a bit of conflicting opinions with regards to the diet of these urchins.
Personally, I have had a few species of "pencil urchins" over the years, and I have never had any evidence that they attacked/ate my corals or any other higher-order animals in the tank. I suppose that they are much like most other animals we keep - individuals, with individual wants and needs. Some people have reported that they have successfully kept triggers, and one even a parrot fish, in a reef tank, but that does not take anything away from the warning that these fish are not reef safe...They have been reported as eating corals as well. I have never had this problem with any of the "pencil urchin" species, but it's worth keeping a close watch on them.
In a new tank, without much algal growth, it would be advisable to leave a piece or two of Nori in easily accessible places in the tank, at night. Apart from that, there is no real "must have" or "must do" requirements apart from general good husbandry, that is...Also, is there any special care that needs to be given to these urchins ? ( additives, additional feeding etc. )
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