About the ORA Red Tuxedo Urchin Captive-Bred
Care Level: Easy
Reef Safe: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 10 gallons
Max Size: 4 inches
The Red Tuxedo Urchin, Mespilia globulus has brilliant bands stemming from its center across a dark blue background giving it a look as though it is dressed in a tuxedo, hence some of the common names. The red variety has dramatic red spines whereas the Blue Tuxedo has darker blue spines.
The Tuxedo Urchin is nocturnal and will hide among rocks or substrate during the day and come out at night to feed on algae. They are able to kept successfully in pairs as long as there is enough room in the tank to move, places to hide, and algae to eat. If low algae levels are present, they can be supplemented with other herbivorous food preparations.