Pincushion Urchin (Lytechinus variegatus) Captive Bred ORA™
The Pincushion Urchin makes an excellent algae eater best known for its tendency to consume unwanted “hair” algae in aquariums as well as fish waste and leftover fish food. These hardy Captive Bred Urchins will also consume other types of unwanted algae found on live rock. They are completely reef safe making them an excellent member of any clean up crew.
Size and Care Requirements
Purchase Size: 0.5″-2″ (diameter)
Max Size: 8″
Water Parameters: 72-78° F, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025 ppt, dKH 8-12
Color: White with brown spines
Reef Safe: Yes
Diet: Herbivore, Omnivore. Pincushion Urchins do not require supplemental feeding when housed in a saltwater aquarium with some nuisance algae and leftover fish food present. As scavengers, these urchins will scour the live rock in your reef aquarium searching for algae or uneaten fish food or fish waste. However, if no algae, fish food, or fish waste is present the pincushion urchin can be fed green algae wafters.
Pincushion Urchin Species Information
The Lytechinus variegatus urchin comes from the Western Atlantic Ocean and prefers seagrass meadows and other soft-bottom habitats. Totally reef-safe and fond of consuming unsightly hair algae, it has long been a favorite sea urchin among marine aquarium enthusiasts. It is also important to note that these hardy individuals represent some of the first captive-raised specimens to become available to hobbyists. In addition to being a sustainable alternative to wild caught urchins, they also make a great addition to any clean up crew that will help control and eliminate nuisance algae.
100% Alive On Arrival (AOA) Guarantee for Captive Bred Urchins
We guarantee that every urchin we sell will be Alive On Arrival and in good health. Should they arrive in any other state, we will either replace them free of charge (including shipping). If the total livestock loss is less than $20, we will issue store credit. For more information, please also visit our 100% Alive On Arrival Guarantee page.
Ocean, Reefs, and Aquariums™ (ORA™) is a world leader in marine aquaculture. In addition to captive bred fish, they also produce many species of captive bred marine invertebrates. If you would like more information about how captive bred snails are bred and raised in captivity, please visit their website.
Roger Galburt (verified owner) –
Cute little buggers. Arrived healthy and active. Nice addition to any reef.
tylerjaaxmusic (verified owner) –
Amazing algae eater. Mine is beautiful with purple spines. It has grown like a weed. Started out the size of a quarter, and is now about 3” including the spines. I would recommend it if your frags are all secure. Keeps rocks squeaky clean and looks awesome.
This guys really did a good job. And I want to get more.
Bonnie Robertson (verified owner) –
Arrived healthy and active. Is cute but very tiny. Once acclimated and placed in tank got busy immediately. Like that it is a ‘self righting’ urchin. Have high hopes for the little critter.
Antonio Mendieta (verified owner) –
wonderful performance eating hair algae, these curious inverts have like a “radar” for cyanobacteria and hair algae. During “ugly tank phase” they helped a lot and once they are done, the keep the tank clean! 100% I recommend these inverts