tempreture change for urchins

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  1. viskop kenny

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    howzit guys n gals i got me sum cool red n purple urchins down the beach in mossilbay were the water is a chilly sixteen degrees now will these okes be fine in my twenty five degree tank back home with proper acclimitizing? Thanks peeps!
     
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    I don't know...Logic tells me no as it's way cooler down their as our Marine Tanks...so that must mean they are more suitable for "cooler waters"..? trying to keep them at our Tank temps will probably stress them out and if they don't do our Temp, then they won't survive...?..sorry I don't have Urchins, sure someone will help out soon...
     
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    Do you have a picture of the Urchin...?..you don't want to end up putting one in you'r Tank that eats Algae..:blush:
     
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    Hey b il take a pic when i get to oudshroon later today i think all these okes chow is algea?
     
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    Hey b il take a pic when i get to oudshroon later today i think all these okes chow is algea?
     
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    Mainly...:p
    http://a-z-animals.com/animals/sea-urchin/

    But then I spotted this...:p...on you'r own Thread I might add...;)
    http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/showthread.php?p=623390#post623390
     
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    Coldwater species, won't last long above 20C.
     
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    B that was one i caught in durbs earlier this week shortspined black urchin
     
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    This now could be problematic does anyone know of some one with cold water fo tank in jozi that would maybe take?
     
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    ...:(..yip...problematic..:(
     
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    Or i could just start up acold water setup! I have the tank pump etc would they need a skimmer? Or could they thrive just with an internal filter?
     
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    Oh and regular water changes ofcourse!
     
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    Coldwater is a pain. Needs a powerful chiller in summer and then you run into issues with condensation (think glass of cold water on a hot day).

    Those urchins do make good fish food though...
     
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    Mmm thanks lordblackadder i thought it would be a cool idea after seeing the aqaueriumin in mosselbay bay lots of cool things in there tanks
     
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    They will survive, but not for long. Their metabolism rate is pushed up by the warmer water temperature. Be sure to drip them for double the time you would normally for inverts, so 4 times as long as for fish. And slowly.

    Next time, do not bring anything from that far south especially during winter. Ask @leslie hempel and the other guys around East London. They collect during the warmer months when the warm sea comes down all the way.
     
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    Collecting only from durbs now man! Sweet!
     
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    yep i have to agree that its less of a shock and your siccess rate is higher with the basic inverts if collected over the summer months, but eventually the majority do give in to a faster runinning metabolism due to consitently higher temperatures than they are found in,

    very few live long...

    good luck hoping they do well...
     
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