I have a tip to tip 4 inch urchin (I think family echinometridae, and I believe it's a virida). First time owning one. I have received all kinds of different advice and read all kinds of things. I've been told the following (all by different people):
1) Feed it dried seaweed. Daily.
2) Feed it cooked shrimp. Daily.
3) It won't eat shrimp or seaweed. Need to feed it algae wafers.
4) Leave it alone. It's a grazer and doesn't need to be target fed.
So I'm confused. Which is true??
Also, if I do indeed have to target feed it, how in the world am I supposed to do that? It always seems to wedge itself in between live rock in some crevice and the times I have tried to get it off to feed it, it seems like it is clinging super tight to the rock and I end up breaking some spine tips off. Then when I go to feed it, it doesn't really seem that interested in eating the seaweed or shrimp (I've tried both). Both usually end up drifting off somewhere else in the tank and I have to get it out of the tank to prevent the food from getting stuck somewhere where I can't find it and rotting away.
Any practical tips on how to feed an urchin? Or do I even have to target feed it??
Thanks in advance for any help!