Surprise in my tank today...

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  1. Ross

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    Was staring mindlessly at my tank after a clean today and noticed some funny looking spikes.... turns out to be...

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    Not sure where he came from or what type of Urchin he is (know nothing about them so will hit Google in a bit). At the moment the body is about the size of 1 and a half jelly tots.
     
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  3. scubaninja

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    cool! i found a purple urchin in my sump the other day, have no idea when it came from. the size of a two rand coin. very cool urchin
     
  4. Jaak

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    Nice find Ross!
     
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    lovley they come in lodged in crevices in LR.. and grow rapidly.. always nice to find something new in the tank...
     
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    very very cool man, hitchhiker:thumbup:
     
  7. crispin

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    thats really cool:) i have three in my tank and i love seeing them:) very nice find
     
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    A desiarable hitch hiker. Cool Urchin man.
     
  9. Tobes

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    That's quite cool, lucky for you it's an urchin and not a mantis shrimp :p
     
  10. Ross

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    Just glad I didn't find the little critter the hard way with my fingers under a rock or something.

    Just for interest sake, if you do get nabbed by an urchin, use papaya skin on the site. Will help sooth the pain and soften up the skin to get the spike out. Found this out the hard way in Zanzibar :p
     
  11. scubaninja

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    ya i always keep papaya skin on hand incase i get wacked by a sea urchin:whistling:
     
  12. Andreas

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    :lol:very cool find Ross
     
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    hmm interestinn and could come in usefull thanks ross.hey are there any non reef safe urchins?what do most species eat?i've heard that some will eat polyps etc.
     
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    Ya, one of these things, all they do is poop everywhere and move the damn furniture around, I still haven't forgiven Alan for giving it to me.

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    love the protective sponge viper, was that for your protection or his??:)

    and yes they are brilliant at rolling lr off the reef:(
     
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    lol, he loved that sponge, every time I took it off him and put it back on the pump, within a week he would find it and steal it again.
     
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    Thanks Tobes :whistling:
     
  18. scubaninja

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    :lol::lol::razz::razz:
     
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    Pleasure :biggrin:
     
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    haha...some unlucky reefers...oh well atleast you dont have A BORING tank right mouse:)
     
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    Too bloody right, algae and mantis shrimp(s)....what more could a girl ask for!?
     
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