White Ghost Lobster Aquarium Care, Feeding and Native Habitat Information
The White Ghost Lobster (Cherax destructor) originates from the rivers and streams of Northeastern Australia where it is found living amongst the rock covered sandy substrate of the river. They are one of the largest species of crayfish found within the aquarium hobby, obtaining a total length of upwards of 12 inches in length. They are a brilliant white color with relatively small claws for their size. Despite their large size they are actually quite peaceful towards both members of their own species and most fish species as well.
They should be provided a freshwater aquarium of at least 55 gallons in size with plenty of rocks, and a substrate with a moderate grain size sand or mixed sand and gravel substrate in which it can burrow in. White Ghost Lobsters are not overly territorial towards their own kind, but they should be housed within aquariums of at least 55 gallons for a single specimen and will require larger aquariums for more than one specimen. While they are generally peaceful towards fish species and other invertebrates, they will eat fish that are very small and slow enough for the crayfish to catch. Providing the White Ghost Lobster plenty of easy meals consisting of meat based sinking pellets or algae wafers will help curb their aggression towards any fish living in the aquarium, as they will go for the easier meal. White Ghost Lobsters also tolerate a wide range of aquarium conditions including pH, GH, temperature and water quality and should do well in any reasonable aquarium setup.
White Ghost Lobsters are omnivores and will readily consume a wide variety of meaty and plant based foodstuffs. They will actively scavenge in the aquarium, eating any foodstuffs that they can find on the aquarium substrate including leftover meaty foods and decaying plant matter. Their diet should consist of meaty foods that they scavenge from the substrate along with naturally occurring algae growth, and should be supplemented with a quality sinking pellet, flake food and dried algae. Provide direct feeding twice per week to begin with and then adjust feeding frequency based on the overall growth rate of the crayfish.