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Purple Pin cushion urchin (Lytechinus variegatus)

Family: Toxopneustidae

Care level: Easy

Temperament: Peaceful

Reef compatibility: Reef safe

Max size: 18 cm

Diet: Omnivore

Pin cushion urchins make an interesting addition to the reef aquarium or fish only system where lots of live rock is available. 


Feeding primarily on algae as well as detritus and meaty leftovers the urchin will spend most of the time foraging for food around rocks. Provide plenty of live rock for grazing and for hiding. Rock work must be fairly secure so the urchin does not move it when forcing itself into crevice. Pin cushion urchins may also pick and carry around small coral frags if not fixed down as well as loose stones and shells, probably an attempt at camouflage. 



Due to variations in species your item may not be identical to that featured in the image, we do however ensure the species is correct and that the markings and colors are very similar.

Before ordering please familiarise yourself with our alive arrive guarantee and the process for making claims under our guarantee.

We offer an 'Arrive Alive' guarantee on all corals, critters, fish and invertebrates. If they do not arrive alive then subject to these terms and conditions you can request a replacement or refund. We guarantee our livestock will arrive alive, there is no reason why it should arrive any other way due to the care and professional way in which they are packaged with heatpacks, polystyrene boxes and all other necessary precautions considered for the species we are shipping.

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Really nice shop. Nice coral and fish selection and prices are good too. Fish food is also a good quality and price. Will be visiting again soon 👍

Dee Stan

May be smaller then some shops in the area but very well priced and can always find a little jem or two in here I never leave without something new for the tank

Richard Fincham