Pin Cushion Urchin "Lytichenus variegates"

Care Level

Low

Temperament

Peaceful

Reef Compatible

No

Plant Safe

No

Max Size

2" - 5"

Minimum Size

20 gallon

Color

Black, Blue, Purple, White

Diet

Omnivore

Water Conditions

Basic (8.2-8.5 pH), Salinity (1.02-1.025 specific gravity), High Water Hardness (10-15 dGH), 72-80 degrees Fahrenheit

General: The Pin Cushion Urchin (Lytichenus variegates) of the Indo-Pacific Ocean are armored with spines to help defend against predators such as Pufferfish, Parrotfish, and Triggers. Within saltwater aquariums, this scavenger is typically considered to be part of the "clean up crew". The Pin Cushion Urchin should only be introduced to a cycled aquarium, and are not considered to be reef safe.

Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): The Pin Cushion Urchin (Lytichenus variegates) are an omnivorous scavenger, primarily consuming various algal species, detritus (dead particulate matter), Shrimp, and Mullusk.