Urchin not looking healthy

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  1. Sentari

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    So i got an urchin the other day.

    I dont have a picture of it but i can explain what he looks like.

    green / purple with short white spines.

    He looks like a collector urchin.

    He was motoring around the tank nicely all over till yesterday. Where he started loosing his spines. I know this is not a good sign.

    He still has some of his spines left. And i can see them move so looks like he's still alive. But he's not moving.

    My first question is what would he eat? I know most of them eat algae, nori and coralline.

    The second question is how do i know he's dead and do urchins contaminate tanks and release toxin's into the water?
     
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    pick him up and smell him, if there is a bad smell he is dead and decomposing
     
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    as long as the spines are still moving, just leave it. It is already sulking about something, do not give it more to sulk about.

    Mine is sulking and loosing spines as well after my tank move. And parking off at one spot for 2 weeks. But last night it moved on. So it is still alive and getting over whatever is bothering him.

    Wow, that sounds like a woman. :)
     
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    Awesome thanks... I sumped him last night cause i was scared of my hermits attacking him. So will see how he's doing. Its 2 days not and he doesnt move at all...

    Do you guys have any idea what urchin it is?

    I'll bring a pic tomorrow.
     
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    Did the urchin make it?
     
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    what i do with urchins? freeze them, cut them in half and feed em to fish
     
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