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Daum's Reef Lobster
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(Enoplometopus daumi) Easy Peaceful 4" Carnivore Substrate & rocks 12 gallons Yes, With caution 72-79° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025 Calcium, Magnesium, Strontium, Iodine, Trace Elements Red, Pink, Purple Indo-Pacific Enoplometopidae Lobsters Daum's Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus daumi) is brightly colored reef lobster with a unique pattern of white spots over a pink, red and purple body. Its brilliant appearance and ability to scavenge excess foodstuffs from the substrate and live rock make it a popular species with marine hobbyists keeping both reef and FOWLR aquariums. The Daum Reef Lobster is a relatively small with a maximum length of 4 inches, with a generally peaceful disposition. Their small size and peaceful temperament make them well suited for reef aquariums that may house smaller fish species and contain a variety of cleaner inverts. However, it should be noted that like all scavengers the Daum's Reef Lobster will prey on other tank mates if they are unable to scavenge enough food to survive. The more peaceful reef lobsters can be distinguished from their larger clawed lobster cousins by the fact that they have full chelae (claws) only on the first pair of pereiopods, the second and third pairs being only subchelate. Clawed lobsters have full claws on the first three pereiopods. Reef lobsters need to be provided plenty of rocky caves and crevices in which they can escape the bright aquarium lighting and to provide them a place to retreat to when they feel threatened. An ideal aquarium environment should have a thick substrate bed to allow the reef lobster to burrow, along with live rock for hiding and in which to hunt. After molting, the Daum's Reef Lobster will need a secure hiding place, such as its burrowed cave, while it waits for its new exoskeleton to harden. The Daum's Reef Lobster is peaceful and will ignore sleeping healthy fish within the aquarium. Caution must be taken when incorporating into a reef aquarium, as it may harm extremely small fish or invertebrates. All Reef Lobsters are very territorial and aggressive towards each other, so only one specimen, or a mated pair should be kept in aquariums of 5 feet in length or less. Hobbyists with larger aquariums that are 6 to 8 feet in length or larger can successfully keep multiple reef lobsters assuming they also have plenty of live rock to create multiple territories within the tank. Like most invertebrates Daum's Reef Lobster is sensitive to high levels of copper in the water from copper-based medications. While Daum's Reef Lobsters prefer to scavenge and hunt for food at night, they will overtime adjust to aquarium life and come out more during lights on hours and during feeding times. Most of their diet will consist of food it scavenges, but supplementing with iodine-rich foods will help ensure proper molting. Proper calcium & iodine levels in the water will aid this species with proper molting and exoskeleton development. Supplemental feeding via sinking shrimp pellets or similar meaty items will ensure that the lobster is well fed and lesson the chance that they will prey on smaller snails, ornamental shrimp or small fish species.
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Voigtmann's Reef Lobster
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(Enoplometopus voigtmanni) Easy Peaceful 4" Omnivore Substrate 12 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025 Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements Red, Orange, White Indo-Pacific, Caribbean, Tropical Atlantic Ocean Enoplometopidae Lobsters Voigtmann's Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus voigtmanni) is brightly colored reef lobster with a unique pattern of stripes, spots and rings. It brilliant appearance and ability to scavenge excess foodstuffs from the substrate and live rock make it a popular species with marine hobbyists keeping both reef and FOWLR aquariums. Voigtmann's Reef Lobster is a relatively small with a maximum length of 4 inches, with a generally peaceful disposition. Their small size and peaceful temperament make them well suited for reef aquariums that may house smaller fish species and contain a variety of cleaner inverts. However, it should be noted that like all scavengers the Voigtmann's Reef Lobster will prey on other tank mates if they are unable to scavenge enough food to survive. The more peaceful reef lobsters can be distinguished from their larger clawed lobster cousins by the fact that they have full chelae (claws) only on the first pair of pereiopods, the second and third pairs being only subchelate. Clawed lobsters have full claws on the first three pereiopods. Reef lobsters need to be provided plenty of rocky caves and crevices in which they can escape the bright aquarium lighting and to provide them a place to retreat to when they feel threatened. An ideal aquarium environment should have a thick substrate bed to allow the reef lobster to burrow, along with live rock for hiding and in which to hunt. After molting, the Voigtmann's Reef Lobster will need a secure hiding place, such as its burrowed cave, while it waits for its new exoskeleton to harden. The Voigtmann's Reef Lobster is peaceful and will ignore sleeping healthy fish within the aquarium. Caution must be taken when incorporating into a reef aquarium, as it may harm extremely small fish or invertebrates. All Reef Lobsters are very territorial and aggressive towards each other, so only one specimen, or a mated pair should be kept in aquariums of 5 feet in length or less. Hobbyists with larger aquariums that are 6 to 8 feet in length or larger can successfully keep multiple reef lobsters assuming they also have plenty of live rock to create multiple territories within the tank. Like most Invertebrates Voigtmann's Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus voigtmanni) is sensitive to high levels of copper in the water from copper-based medications. While Voigtmann's Reef Lobsters prefer to scavenge and hunt for food at night, they will overtime adjust to aquarium life and come out more during lights on hours and during feeding times. Most of their diet will consist of food it scavenges, but supplementing with iodine-rich foods will help ensure proper molting. Proper calcium & iodine levels in the water will aid this species with proper molting and exoskeleton development. Supplemental feeding via sinking shrimp pellets or similar meaty items will ensure that the lobster is well fed and lesson the chance that they will prey on smaller snails, ornamental shrimp or small fish species.
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Spiny Blue Lobster
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(Panulirus versicolor) Easy Peaceful 14" Omnivore Substrate & Rocks 75 gallons Yes, With caution 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None Blue, Brown, White Indo-Pacific Palinuridae Lobsters The Spiny Blue Lobster or Painted Blue Lobster has very distinctive markings of azure blue stripes on its body and legs. The carapace is green/blue and the dorsal surface is a darker blue with a reticulated pattern. This is a very low maintenance specimen as they are both scavengers and omnivores, which means they will eat just about anything edible. They do grow up to 14" and should only be kept in a suitable large aquarium and should be kept with caution in a reef aquarium as their size can make them somewhat destructive. However, since this species does not have the large claws found on most lobsters it is much less destructive than a typical lobster. Like most invertebrates this species will not tolerate copper based medicines and it also not tolerant of high nitrate levels. It is capable of making a sound that is very similar to a locust and may perform a dance-like maneuver, whipping its long, split white antennae as it moves about the tank. Overall the Spiny Blue Lobster is a peaceful specimen, but it will feed on a variety of items. It will generally not bother other aquarium inhabitants except for sessile or other bottom dwelling animals; however, multiple Spiny Blue Lobsters may be kept together if the aquarium is large enough. Due to its overall size of about 14" this species should only be kept in large aquariums with low levels of nitrate and copper. It is important to provide as much live rock or rock aquascaping as possible to provide this species with caves and crevices within which to live. Keep in mind the adult size of this species when arranging the rock work within the aquarium to allow it plenty of recesses large enough to accommodate it. As with most all crabs and lobsters the Spiny Blue Lobster is an omnivore and will eat most any edible items that it comes across. This species will look for any meaty items that find there way to the bottom of the aquarium. It will also eat plant material and some algae, but meaty foods make up the bulk of its diet. Spiny Blue Lobsters can be fed meaty items such as shrimp, squid, mussels etc. This species may also pray on smaller crabs and shrimp or any dead or dying fish.
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Red Reef Lobster
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(Enoplometopus occidentalis) Easy Peaceful 6" Omnivore Substrate & Rocks 12 gallons Yes 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None Red, Pink, Orange Hawaiian Islands Nephropidae Lobsters The Hawaiian Reef Lobster is a very entertaining invertebrate species, whether excavating the substrate or grabbing foodstuffs, this species is always looking to entertain. Unlike many lobster species, the Hawaiian Reef Lobster is peaceful and is suitable for many reef and community fish aquariums. The Hawaiian Reef Lobster will also perform all the cleaning duties that you would expect, constantly scouring the substrate looking for any food that may have gotten by the other tank inhabitants. When not cleaning the tank bottom, this species will be busy excavating tunnels and caves in the substrate in order to make itself a safe place to call home. Overall a very entertaining species that is very compatible with many fish and invert species. An ideal environment for the Hawaiian Reef Lobster should have a thick substrate bed for burrowing (ideally sand or fine crushed coral), and rocks for hiding, as well as live rock on which to hunt. the Reef Lobster will spend much of it's time digging in the substrate to create a cave that will provide it a secure hiding place and a place to hold out after a fresh moulting while it waits for its new exoskeleton to harden. The cave is often designed so that the lobster can be seen during the day, but it usually will spend most of the daylight hours hiding from the light. This behavior will often change as the Lobster becomes more and more comfortable in the aquarium environment and will often venture out more and more during lights on hours, especially if enticed with a meal. The Reef Lobster is quite peaceful, and will ignore sleeping fish within the aquarium; however, it may harm very small fish or invertebrates. All Reef Lobsters are very territorial and aggressive towards each other, so only one specimen, or a mated pair should be kept per aquarium. Like most invertebrates, the Reef Lobster is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications. Be sure not to keep this or other similar inverts with Triggerfish or similar predators, or they will quickly become a meal for a hungry predator. The Hawaiian Reef Lobster is a true scavenger and most of its diet will consist of food it scavenges, but supplementing with iodine-rich foods will help ensure proper moulting. This species is not at all particular, but will gladly except and meaty foods that are offered to it. It is also very common for this species to become tame, when fed with reqularity (use caution not to overfeed).
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Debelius Reef Lobster
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(Enoplometopus Debelius) Easy Peaceful 5" Omnivore Substrate & Rocks 30 gallons Yes, With caution 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, sg 1.020-1.025, pH 8.1-8.4 None Orange, White, Lavender, Purple Indo-Pacific Nephropidae Lobsters The Debelius Reef Lobster, also known as the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster, has a beautiful lavender body, with orange and dark violet spots. The elongated, flat claws, are used for threatening away predators and for defense if the initial warning is not headed. The impressive looking claws are also a dark violet with orange and white on the tips. While the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster looks aggressive, it is happy to spend its time scavenging the aquarium for food and excavating tunnels and caves for a place to call home. While typically nocturnal in the wild, the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster will adjust to aquarium life over time and begin coming out while the lights are on, especially if there is food to be had. An ideal aquarium environment should have a thick substrate bed to allow the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster to burrow, and rock work for hiding, as well as live rock on which to hunt. After molting, the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster will need a secure hiding place, such as its burrowed cave, while it waits for its new exoskeleton to harden. The Purple/Orange Reef Lobster is peaceful and will ignore sleeping healthy fish within the aquarium. Caution must be taken when incorporating into a reef aquarium, as it may harm extremely small fish or invertebrates. All Reef Lobsters are very territorial and aggressive towards each other, so only one specimen, or a mated pair should be kept per tank. Like most Invertebrates the Purple/Orange Reef Lobster is sensitive to high levels of copper in the water from copper-based medications. While this species prefers to scavenge and hunt at night, it will overtime adjust to aquarium life and come out during lights on hours during feeding time. Most of its diet will consist of food it scavenges, but supplementing with iodine-rich foods will help ensure proper molting. Proper calcium & iodine levels in the water will aid this species with proper molting and exoskeleton development.
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