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Diadema Urchin
Diadema sp.
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-4 inches
Care Level: Moderate
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: bryposis, filamentous hair algae, algae, coralline algae
Origin: Bali
Acclimation Time: 1-2 hours
Coral Safe: Caution
Invertebrate Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallon

The Diadema Urchin is a bizarre shaped sea urchin, with long, thin, and black spines. It protects itself from predators and keeps them at bay with this aforementioned feature. The Diadema Urchin is a grazer that roams around the tank searching for food and alga on the substrate and rockwork, hence lots of live rock work is required in an aquarium. It hides during the day and comes out only at night to forage for food such as algae and seaweed. The Diadema Urchin can also be fed by introducing attached algae sheets to a piece of rock with a clip or rubber band, if there is less algal growth in the aquarium. Its mouth is equipped to scrape algae from the rockwork. Apart from this, the Diadema Urchin can also be provided with dried seaweed for its good health. If its spines are poked in your hand while handling, it may inflict some mild irritation, and therefore using gloves are recommended to avoid any accidents from the spines. Also, the Diadema Urchin can act as a good water quality indicator, because it drops its spines if the water quality is not appropriate. It is not advisable to keep the Urchins along with puffer and trigger fishes as they can pick the spine off them and can break open their shell to eat them. But the Diadema Urchin does well within a reef tank and can act as a method to wipe out algae problems. It doesn?t have any distinctive characteristic of female and male, thus breeding is quite impossible in captivity. The Diadema Urchin thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4. It is important herbivorous urchins and a slow moving species.

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