Saltwater Aquarium Invertebrates for Marine Reef Aquariums: Blue Tuxedo Urchin, Aquacultured ORA®
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Blue Tuxedo Urchin, Aquacultured ORA®
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Blue 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

The ORA® Aquacultured Blue Tuxedo Urchin, also known as the Sphere Urchin or Globe Urchin, has five to ten broad-colored bands usually blue or black, with red, brown, or dark spines. This very striking combination, gives it the "formal" look and thus the name "Tuxedo Urchin."

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 ORA® Aquacultured Blue 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. It 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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