Captive Bred Tuxedo Urchin (Mespilia globulus)
We are overjoyed to be able to bring you captive bred tuxedo urchins.
To our knowledge, this is the first time in the UK captive bred tuxedo urchins have been offered for sale, we love them and think every tank should have one!
The Blue/Red Tuxedo Urchin
Also known as the Globe Urchin or pincushion Urchin, has five to ten broad-colored bands usually blue or black, with red, brown, or dark spines. This stunning combination, gives it the “formal” look and is where the name name “Tuxedo Urchin” comes from.
They are active in both daylight and night hours but cans sometimes be found hiding among the rocks, in crevices, or under corals.
Several urchins can be housed in the same aquarium if it is large enough to provide them with adequate food (algae) and shelter. They can be sensitive to copper-based medications and it will not tolerate high nitrate levels. Loss of spines is a sign of poor health, it is often due to poor water conditions. If you are suffering from lots of algae it is important to keep a close eye on you water quality by using good test kits such as the red sea test kits.
If algae levels are particularly low it is a good idea to supplement the diet with dried seaweed you can use a veggi clip to keep it in place and observe your tuxedo urchin and other aquarium inhabitants feeding.
These Urchin’s are famous for picking up small items around your aquarium so be sure to secure any small frags you have in your aquarium with a product such as fragsation. See what else people are saying about tuxedo urchins on reef central.
Posting live animals
We will only ship live animals within the UK and when weather conditions (not too cold) permit and after receiving confirmation from yourself of what day you would like your order to ensure somebody is available to accept the order. Your order will be posed in a polystyrene box with heat pack and will arrive via Parcel Force next day delivery. A tracking number will be sent to you. DOA claims must be made upon delivery with photographic proof.
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