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Did you know? *Long Spined Urchin*


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    Reef_Angel - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    Default Did you know? *Long Spined Urchin*

    After being stung by our long spine urchin today, it led me to search the web to see what effect if any it might have on me. The spine actually broke off in my finger, and the more I tried to pull the spine out the deeper it embedded into my skin. I managed to get part of the spine, but the rest is no longer viewable. It hurts like heck and the tip of my finger turned a pretty shade of purple and is very sore! Some info I gathered below has been helpful and also gave me some insight I was unaware of. As juveniles, urchins feed on algae, but as adults the turn carnivorous and take on the ability to spike a fish and move it through it's spines to it's mouth. Goodbye fishy. I guess I wouldn't be in to much of a rush to introduce it to any kinds of brine, mysis, clams, etc. I just thought I'd pass this along to everyone since I know many of you have urchins in your tank.

    **This article was retrieved from PetEducation.com, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

    Echinothrix calamaris
    pw79297longspine urchin2 - Did you know? *Long Spined Urchin*
    Quick Stats: Hatpin UrchinFamily: Diadematidae
    Range: Indo-Pacific
    Size: Up to 3 inches without the spines
    Diet: Juvenile: Herbivore, Adult: Carnivore
    Tank Set-up: Marine: Coral or rock, coarse sand
    Reef Compatible: With caution
    Tank Conditions: 72-78
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    PurpleAardvark - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    When you get stung by one of those you should soak your hand in hot vingar water 75% hot water 25% vingar to kill the toxin. While at first only minor things will happen, if you are a algeric to the toxin or get stung again the reaction will get worse each time. The hot water and vingar will kill the toxin and prevent it from spreding to other parts of your body. I guess the simplest solution is not to get stung at all. But man that hurts like heck, done it a few times my self.
    Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

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    mutts - Reefkeeper Registered User
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    Mutts advice for the day:
    Beware of things with sharp spines

    But that is interesting Angel i hope your finger feels better
    ~Amanda~

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    dakar - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    My little buddy Pokey-Mon lived up to his name, told her she shouldn't be petting him.... :D
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    davejnz - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    I love Diadema sp. Urchins,They are the best herbivore i've ever had in a reef tank.I've heard of various species being poisonous,seems like your is one of those.I hope the pain isn't bothering you anymore.
    BTW,here's my "pokey man"

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    mutts - Reefkeeper Registered User
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    i like the un-pokey-mons better... you know the pencil ones... seem much less dangerous??? i however have a softspot of the short spine pokey-mons... and dakar love the pokemon pun
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    PurpleAardvark - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    "Mutts advice for the day:
    Beware of things with sharp spines"

    Does that aply to laywers too?
    Of all the things I have lost, I miss my mind the most.

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    mutts - Reefkeeper Registered User
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    of course... unless i'm missing somthing and you are a laywer
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    Just saw this....

    I had to get rid of my big ol' black spiny, because he developed a taste for Xenia.... Shame Shame Shame..... I also think he was munching on my greenstars...

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    lReef lKeeper - Reefkeeper CR Member
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    glad i dont have room for one to roam around in my tanks !! but i could use some algae control.
    sorry i haven't been around much ... gotta work to pay the bills !!

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