Pink Sea Cucumber
Scientific Name: Pentacta sp
Reef Compatibility: Yes
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gal
Max Size: 4”
Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 3"
Food/Feeding: Filter Feeder
Notes: The Pink Sea Cucumber is a colorful filter feeder for home reef aquariums over 30 gallons. Rows of pink knobby thorns run lengthwise along its body. Like Sea Apples, striking yellow and pink tentacles extend during feeding. Unlike most other sea cucumbers this animal normally stays stationary, when it finds a suitable location in the aquarium with the proper flow.
This species of Sea Cucumber feed by pulling small particulates from the water column, which stick to the hair-like appendages off of its plume. The particulates are then moved to the mouth and ingested. Feed daily with zooplankton or other liquid invertebrate food.
Be sure to acclimate properly and house with appropriate inhabitants. The drip-acclimation method is recommended to minimize exposure to fluctuating water parameters. The Pink Sea Cucumber cannot tolerate high nitrate levels or copper-based medications.