I had these guys working in my system for over two years, they DESTROYED my turf algae problem and I’ve just kept them around now for the last year and half. These guys are around 4” or the whole palm of your hand.
From Live Aquaria:
he Shortspine Urchin, or Rock Burrowing Urchin, has an oval to round black body covered with hundreds of uniform, reddish-orange spines. Typically found in the back reef, this night-dwelling algae cleaner is known to burrow small niches in carbonatic rocks (dead corals) to hide.
The Shortspine Urchin requires ample hiding places and sufficient room in which to forage in the home aquarium. It generally hides in caves during the day, though it may make a burrow in thick substrates. At night, it comes out to graze on algae, moving about by its suctorial podia that are aligned in five doubled rows.
The aquarium should include large amounts of live rock on which it can graze. Rock formations need to be stable and able to withstand the burrowing movement of the Urchin wedging itself in crevices.
Shortspine Urchins are generally solitary, but will tolerate others of its own kind. It is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications and will not tolerate high nitrates. Poor water quality will cause it to lose its spines.
If there is insufficient algae for it to graze on, the diet should be supplemented with dried seaweed.
What You See Is What You Get Ultra Rainbow Acan. Gown under LED/T5 20k spectrum combo for over 4 years. This will color up even better if you have bluer lighting. This was stung a few weeks ago by a frogspawn that fell over but as you can see its coming back already.