Urchin care

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  1. Raven

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    Hallo everyone,

    I'm down at the south coast (Scottburgh) and was looking into the rock pools to see what I can collect... (Will first sort out my license)
    I've noticed a bunch of black urchins. But before I get one I first want to find out a couple of things:

    1. What is the best way to get them out between the rocks. It looks like it wedged itself between the rocks. I don't want to damage it while taking it out.

    2. I've read on some post that some people complains that their urchins munched on some softies. Is this all sorts of urchins that will do it, or just some?
    What else can one feed them, so that they have enough food in the tank?

    3. What is the main species that can be found here at Scottburgh?

    4. Best way to transport it? I have a couple of battery operated pumps with containers. I'm also planning to get some local Zoa's. Can I transport the urchin & zoa in the same container? I'm just thinking about the toxins that the Zoa's possibly can excrete.

    5. Anything else that I can keep my eyes open for here this time of the year?
     
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    nope
    separate containers

    Mostly black long spine urchins. Good luck getting them out without needling yourself.

    For zoa, smaller pieces survive better and easier. Check around to see if you do not find a black mussel overgrown with zoa. Easier to remove the mussel.
     
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    Thanks...
    Any advice on how to take care of it?
    Its needs etc?
     
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    do you have algae?

    Coraline and green hairy algae. If not, they will suffer. Rather only one small one.
    If you can get a short spine urchin out, they are a lot better and you will not end up with a piece of urchin spine everytime you do work on your tank
     
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    Hi,
    I've read about dry/damp shipping of Zoa's. (any advice here)

    What will the best way be to transport urchins?
    We're leaving for Jhb Friday morning. So can I start collecting tomorrow? And just put it in shallow water with an air pump running?

    Or will it be better to wait for Thursday? I'm just afraid that the tides/weather won't play with on Thursday. So how long will they survive? (without to much strain on it?)
     
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    urchins need to be under water.

    Best is Thursday.
     
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