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Fire Urchin Asthenosoma ijimai

Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma ijimai)  
Aliases:  Galloping Urchin
Fire Urchin Asthenosoma ijimai
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  Family:  Asthenosoma
  Maximum Size:  Unreported
  Temperament:  Passive
  Stamina:  Hardy

  Activity:  Day / Diurnal
  Tank Area Preference:
   Rock Structures

  Captive Breeding:  Unreported
  Sexual Differences:  None Specified

  Aquarium Compatibility


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   A very beautiful urchin, but don't let its good looks entice you. This urchin can be very destructive in a reef. It will harm or destroy most corals. Also, you must be extremely careful when handling this one. Its sting is extreme and potent. Some claim it is similar to a great electric shock followed by an excruciating burn.   
The Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma ijimai) is sometimes called a Galloping Urchin. It belongs to the family named Asthenosoma. The Fire Urchin is passive in nature and hardy in stamina. It's more active during the daytime and less at night, and will hang out or do best in the rock structures. According to FishDB current data, captive breeding success is unreported and there are no external signs of sexual differences. Tank parameters should be maintained with ph level between 8.1 - 8.4, temperature between 77 - 79 degrees fahrenheit, and a salinity between 1.020 - 1.023. Some of the environmental concerns that you should strive to replicate in your home aquaria to promote succesful acclimation include a well established aquarium and rockwork structure.

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