Black Sea Cucumber

Species information for the Black Sea Cucumber, in the Cucumbers category.

  1. Scientific name - Holothuria spp.

    Family: Holothuriidae

    Common name – Edible, Black Sea Cucumber

    Max Size – 12 in (30 cm)

    Min. Aquarium size – 50 gal (189 L)

    Care Level – Intermediate

    Temperament – Peaceful

    Foods and feeding – This cucumber will filter the sand eating debris, algae, and bacteria.

    Aquarium suitability -

    Reef compatibility – Yes

    Captive care – This cucumber emits a toxin that can irritate or kill other tank inhabitants. When acclimating this create, be sure not to get any of the water in the tank because it will contain a high concentration of the toxin. If they die or become stressed they will release this toxin. Cucumbers require a deep sand bed and pristine water conditions. When kept in small groups (one cucumber per 20 additional gallons) spawning in the aquarium may happen. Small amounts of nitrates or metals are toxic to them.

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    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011
    little_fish, Jan 17, 2011