Saltwater Aquarium Inverts for Marine Reef Aquariums: Sea Apple, Australian
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Sea Apple, Australian
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Sea Apple, Australian (Pseudocolochirus axiologus)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Peaceful
Color Form Blue, Red, Yellow
Diet Filter Feeder
Reef Compatible Yes
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025
Max. Size 7"
Venomous Poisonous When Stressed or Dies
Origin Northern Australia
Family Cucumariidae
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Overview

The body of the Sea Apple, or Australian Sea Apple, is light to dark blue, and it has red feet. The tentacles are violet, blue, red, and have white tips. This a beautiful species that will add a new dimension of color to the reef aquarium.

It prefers an established reef aquarium with room to move about, and large amounts of live rock from which it receives a majority of its food. Once it finds a favorable location, usually in a high current area, the Sea Apple will generally stay there. Protect all intakes on pumps and power heads, to eliminate any possibility of being sucked in. It is very sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications. Sudden changes in pH or salinity can cause it to shed its oral tentacles.

Do not house these cucumbers in an aquarium that contains any fish that may pick on its tentacles. Generally, any fish that is prone to pick on feather dusters, will pick on the tentacles of the Australian Sea Apple. These fish include; Butterflyfish, Large Angels, and any species that is listed not safe with invertebrates.

When feeding, it will extend its oral tentacles into the current to filter out food. As the food is trapped, it will then draw its entire tentacle into its mouth. In the aquarium, it will need to be fed a diet of phytoplankton - frozen, liquid, or dried - on a daily basis.

Approximate Purchase Size: 3" to 4"

Caution: This species secretes or releases toxins when stressed or injured that may kill fish in the aquarium. LiveAquaria.com cannot accept responsibility for any loss that may occur should this animal poison the aquarium.

Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution please.

Customer Testimonials

Mark Delzer Colorado Springs , CO


Sea apples have an amazing ability to inflate and deflate on demand. They are fairly hardy and need to be fed brine shrimp on a daily basis. Simply squirt the shrimp directly into their feathery tentacles. Sea Apples are a good addition to the community fish tank. Just beware of the females because about once a year the female will lay eggs, which will kill your fish if they eat them. Just follow the eggs with a 1/4 water change.
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