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Cucumber (Red & Black)

 
Taxonomy: Cucumber (Red & Black) belongs to the Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Echinodermata, Class Holothuroidea, Order Aspidichirotida, Family Holothuriidae, Genus Holothuria and Species edulis.Compatibility: Cucumber (Red & Black) is non-aggressive towards the other marine aquarium invertebrates.


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One of the easier to keep cucumbers but best in a mature tank featured

Comments There are two very important things to mention when talking about this species. First, it grows rather large, getting up to a foot long! This means at full length it will require at least an 80-90 gallon tank. The second thing of note is that when stressed, this animal expels it's internal organs which poisons the tank. Depending on the size of the Cucumber versus the size of the tank, that could easily mean the end of your tank. In the wild the cucumber can survive this event and grow back the organs, but in the tank, they usually just die.

In terms of feeding, they are omnivorous and will pretty much take care of themselves by scavenging. While you can keep more than one in a tank, I don't recommend it unless you have a very large tank because of competition for food. It's feeding habits require it to have a large, mature tank, with a sandy bottom of decent thickness so it can find what it needs to eat.

Water quality is very important. The Sea Cucumber must have pristine water. It does not do well if there is nitrate in the water.

It prefers dim light, or a tank with various areas of shadow so it can get out of the light when it wants to.

It tends to keep a film around its body, so don't put it in a tank with so much flow that this is likely to be washed away.

Acclimate with a slow drip acclimation.


Liked about it 1. Interesting show piece.
2. Does not require feeding in a large and mature tank.


Didn't like 1. Can expel its guts and poison your tank.
2. Gets quite large, up to a foot long.


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By tcamos
Sep 21, 2010
 
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Very easy to keep

Comments Mine has been easy to keep so far. I have a smaller tank, but it has more nutrients (which means more detritus) because I have mostly soft corals, giving it enough to eat.


Liked about it I love their uniqueness and their pink color (which isn't the most common color in reefs). I also love their ease of care. They are also a great member to have in a CUC.


Didn't like I don't like the looming threat of my tank crash if they expel their guts. But, if you have no fish that will pick on them, you should be fine.


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By wii64brawl
Nov 11, 2012
 
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