New blue tuxedo urchin!

PoppyD88

I’ve gotten a new blue tuxedo urchin. I have a lot of different types of algae in my tank however I read online that you need to give the urchin supplements of calcium or iodine. Can someone please explain to me what this is about? I don’t fully understand and when ever I google it, nothing comes up. I have a 55 gallon tank, with 40 lbs of live rock, 60lbs of live sand, two clowns, 1 orange spotted goby, 1 scooter blenny, 1 royal gramma, 3 green chromis, 1 purple firefish, 15 snails, 1 blue hermit crab, and 1 blue tuxedo urchin.
 

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StarGirl

Calling Jesterrace ...... PoppyD88 needs some of your Saltwater knowledge to help her out! I have none of the knowledge of saltwater.
 
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Jesterrace

I’ve gotten a new blue tuxedo urchin. I have a lot of different types of algae in my tank however I read online that you need to give the urchin supplements of calcium or iodine. Can someone please explain to me what this is about? I don’t fully understand and when ever I google it, nothing comes up. I have a 55 gallon tank, with 40 lbs of live rock, 60lbs of live sand, two clowns, 1 orange spotted goby, 1 scooter blenny, 1 royal gramma, 3 green chromis, 1 purple firefish, 15 snails, 1 blue hermit crab, and 1 blue tuxedo urchin.

I've had my Tuxdeo Urchin for nearly a year now and never heard that you have to supplement anything with them. You just don't want to add them to a new tank that doesn't have algae growing or run the nitrates at a really high level (ie 50 or above). Beyond that they take care of themselves. If you have any corals though make sure you glue them down well.
 
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