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Hi Guys, I was just at the LFS today and they had a "multi coloured urchin". I'm finding little to no information on him but he looks very similar to a tuxedo urchin but more brightly coloured (same coloured bands as a tuxedo). I do have a reef tank with small fish and inverts as well and need to know if he would be a good addition. Pros, cons or any advice would be appreciated!!
 

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I believe they are reef safe in that they will not attack and eat coral BUT I have had several and found that they plunge ahead knocking down any loose rock. Several corals on small pieces of rock, epoxied to the larger rock, were dislodged. I personally would not recommend them.
 

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My tuxedo isn't too bad and they stay small compared to other urchins. I'm not sure about the multicolored urchin though. My tuxedo has pulled zoas that were super glued to a rock off to wear them. The other day he was carrying around a couple of helpless ceriths. Never knocked over any big rocks, he's probably about 2 inches in diameter right now.
 

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As long as the multicoloured urchin doesn't knock over any big rocks, I should be okay with him. I think I can deal with him picking up small coral's and snails
 

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I don't know if they're the same creature or not. Tuxedo urchins max out at 3", most other urchins max out at 8" or larger. I'd check with your LFS. I don't know if bigger urchins will knock over bigger rocks.
 
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