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Reef Lobster

 

Max. Size: 5"
Origin: Indo-Pacific
Minimum Aquarium Size: 50G
Care Level: Easy 
Temperament: Peaceful 
Reef Compatible: Good aquarium animals, Harmless to most of aquarium inhabitants. Need vigorous water movement.  
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.023-1.025  
Color Form: Orange, Purple, White 
Diet: Scavengers, Omnivore. Will accept most of meaty food.   
Supplements: Calcium, Magnesium, Iodine, Trace Elements 


Overview

Reef Lobsters are brightly coloured, with stripes, rings, or spots. They are typically mainly red, orange, purplish and white.Reef lobsters are small (4–5 inches),  nocturnal, and very timid.

An ideal environment should have a thick gravel bed for burrowing, and rocks for hiding, as well as live rock on which to hunt. After molting, the Reef Lobster will need a secure hiding place, such as a cave, while it waits for its new exoskeleton to harden. The cave can be 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. It prefers to scavenge and hunt at night. The Reef Lobster is described as peaceful, and it will ignore sleeping Wrasses or healthy fish within the aquarium. Caution must be taken when incorporating into a reef aquarium, as it may harm small fish and 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. It is sensitive to high levels of copper-based medications.


 


 

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