Tigertail Cucumber (Holothuria sp.)
Phylum: Echinodermata, Class: Holothuroidea
Size: 78 in. Space:: 100+ gal. Diet: Sedimented detritus
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Easy Temperament: Peaceful
Natural History: The Tigertail Cucumber is a good sandy reef inhabitant that eats sand and digests the detritus that it contains. It normally uses its feeding tentacles to pick up sand and debris to ingest it and digest the organic material. It also may asexually reproduce by fragmenting in half to produce two individuals.
Husbandry: This cucumber requires a 2 inch sand bed to provide its food base. It can release the toxin 'holothurin' when threatened and it should not be housed with hermit crabs because they are a threat to it. It may periodically shed its outer skin.
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