West Indian Sea Egg*
|Resides : Rocks and glass|
|Consumes : Hair Algae, Complex Macroalgae and Turf Algae|
|Max Size : 6" or 150mm spines included|
|Origin : Caribbean|
|Warnings : Due to their size, they may knock over loose objects. Can scratch acrylic.|
The West Indian Sea Egg (Tripneustes ventricosus) grows to 5 inches in diameter regularly in captivity. It spines stretch it out to nearly 6 inches in diameter. Because of its large size it can/will be a bulldozer around coral. They also like to wear loose objects, (including snails and hermits), as camouflage. Putting empty shells on them to wear reduces this tendency. They also scratch acrylic. To make up for it, they will mow down any and all edible macroalgae as they grow. We try to ship them around 3 inches in diameter to make shipping affordable. At that size they are still pretty formidable against algae. Only for the very largest of reefs with very stable structure, touch tanks, or large fish only with live rock tanks. (FOWLRs)
This species requires UPS Next Day Air or Express Mail and does not qualify for free shipping.