Tuxedo pincushion urchins. Worth it or not?

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  1. neil.h

    neil.h

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    Maybe i'm fussy but i'm not a fan of purple coralline algae taking over a tank. Yes its a sign of a healthy tank in balance, still don't like it.

    Been looking around at coralline grazers and i'm loving the tuxedo pincushion urchins
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    Worth keeping as an algae muncher or rather go for a lawnmower blenny and spiky urchin ie Diadema genus
     
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  3. Boegie

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    As far as I know, Lawnmower Blennies does not eat coraline.
     
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    neil.h Thread Starter

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    Thats why I said spiky urchin ;)
     
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    go tuxedo, they are compact and cool the way they try disguise themselves by picking up stuff in the tank(sign of happiness) the blue tuxedo is stunning!
     
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    A Beautiful place!
    The thing with tuxedo's is they "dress" themselves with loose shells, algae, crushed coral, etc, maybe even your hermits :p
    The can topple loose rocks as well, so make sure all is nice and tight ;)
     
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    Other than that, no other issues? No munching on softie corals or Zoas? Will probably go the acrylic rod route for fixing LR together. Thats if I can find

    Next question, who is brings them in? :razz:
     
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    Read a bit up on them on different sites to get a better idea of feeding habits - google it ;)
    I saw urchins at Lanzo a while ago, give him a shout.
     
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    Your tank is still cycling yes? If I'm not mistaken, you need to let the tank mature a bit after the cycle before introducing this oke, he might starve in a too young tank :(
     
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    It is cycling. Just planning ahead for livestock ;)
     
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    I got a few urchins, and no coraline, except on the pumps where they can't reach.
     
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    Maizes or plastic world will sort u out i am going to do the same thing
     
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    red versions of these urchins can be found locally:) i got one in my sump
     
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