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    Long spine Urchin

    Are these meant to be non reef safe? I've had one in the display for about a month and just yesterday I found a frag that had been "cleaned" by the urchin. Is this a rare mishap or is this normal?

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    Not really. Qhat kind of coral.vo l I have one in the nem tank. They love coraline but normally avoid the eating of corals. In my experience

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    It ate a whole clove frag. So maybe a freak happening?

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    Maybe. Cloves are softies. And they do resemble algae in a way which is what they love the most. Keep an eye out and avoid buying cloves i guess

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    I doubt it actually ate the cloves, but urchins love to "strap" frags onto their bag and drag them along. It could have easily "dropped" off the frag plug upside down killing the coral and then picked it back up later down the road.

    This is not to say it isnt possible. With saltwater, I have learned just about anything is possible.

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    I've seen urchines mow stony corals, anything calcium based. Lost a few pipe organs and a few montis before I figured it out.

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    Some of the clove polyp tissue is still there. But it really look chewed up. That and the frag plug has been polished white lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just_Tim View Post
    Some of the clove polyp tissue is still there. But it really look chewed up. That and the frag plug has been polished white lol.
    Sounds like it went after the algae on the plug and the clove is collateral damage.
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    I hope spiky isn't gonna have to go. That's my urchin you got for me. Love looking at it. But it does clean up our rocks like a champ.
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