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Red Tuxedo Urchin, Aquacultured ORA®
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Red Tuxedo Urchin, Aquacultured ORA® (Mespilia cf globulus)

Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Black, Blue, Red, Tan
Diet Herbivore
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 3"
Origin Aquacultured - ORA®
Family Temnopleuridae
Supplements Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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Overview

Looking for an easy-to-care-for addition to your cleanup crew? The ORA® Aquacultured Red Tuxedo Urchin will scavenge over rock and substrate for bits of food and algae to eat. The ORA® Red Tuxedo Urchins have oval or round bodies covered with hundreds of uniform spines. Though the spines are short, they are still sharp, and can puncture skin.

During the day, the urchin will hide among the rocks, in crevices, or under plants in a sandy substrate. At night, it will emerge to graze on the algae present in or near its home. The Tuxedo Urchin generally roams alone, but several of them could be housed in the same aquarium if it is large enough to provide them with adequate food (algae) and shelter. The ORA® Aquacultured Red Tuxedo Urchin is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications and it will not tolerate high nitrate levels. If it starts to lose a number of spines, it is often due to poor water conditions.

If algae levels are particularly low, its diet will need to be supplemented with dried seaweed.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3/4” to 1”

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