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Black Spine Urchin

Black Spine Sea Urchin

The Black Spine Urchin would most definitely stand out in any marine aquarium it is added to. It has a unique solid black body with a red eyespot in the center and is covered in spines. Its not hard to see just how good their defence mechanism is. However, in addition to their amazing appearance, they are also one of the best clean up crew members in the industry. 

Requirements
In order to keep this amazing specimen thriving in captivity, it is important to make sure your aquarium as an ample amount of live rock that creates hiding places and caves. As this is a nocturnal create, during the day it will most likely remain unseen or hiding within live rock, however as the night comes it will be scavenging the aquarium and controlling algae. 

Suggestions

It is important to keep an eye on the Urchins spines, as they will start to fall off in water conditions are poor. Additionally similar to all invertebrates it would not be in a aquarium with elevated copper levels or copper treatment should not be used on a tank containing this Urchin.

Feeding
This Urchin will most likely be content with eating the algae in your aquarium, but if there is an insufficient amount present then it is important to feed them, to which can be done via offering dried seaweed. 

STATISTICS
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Peaceful
Reef Compatible: Yes
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size: 10"
Colour Form: Black, Blue, Green, White
Venomous: Yes
Diet: Herbivore
Supplements: Calcium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Family: Diadematidae
Origin: Caribbean, Fiji, Indonesia
 

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Easy to Care For
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Easy to Feed
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Peaceful with Others
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Reef Safe
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