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Reef Lobsters

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:03 pm
by MarineBioPhil
Hi everybody,

Does anybody know anything about Reef Lobsters of the Family Enoplometopidae?

My LFS has a couple at the mo and I was curious about them. How big do they get? What's their diet? Are they reef safe? What is their minimum tank size? Etc.

Basically it was while I was looking after about 50 EBP European lobsters when at uni which sparked my interest in this hobby in the first place and I've always said I will get a lobster for my tank when it’s up and running.

Well the day I get my tank set up is approaching (not there quite yet unfortunately, power point issues…don’t ask) and I want to know if I'm going to be able have one when I start or whether I will have to wait until I'm abit more experienced, need a bigger tank, more stable system, different tank mates etc. The last thing I would want is to not be able to care for it properly.

There doesn't appear to be much info on the internet on them, so I thought I'd ask here. I’m not after anything specific to me, just if anyone has had any experience with them could they pass on any notes?


Re: Reef Lobsters

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 6:47 pm
by stumpy316uk
Never had one its one of them once I think is best left in the oceans imo. Dont really know much about them. This is the only info I could find. ... ?c=497+506

Re: Reef Lobsters

PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:13 pm
by malakye

Re: Reef Lobsters

PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:59 pm
by MarineBioPhil
Excellent work, Thanks.

I have a feeling that they may be something for a very specific tank/community that is based around their individual behaviour traits.

I've also looked into it some more since posting and from what I can see they can go either way: either being really good additions to the CUC or bad as they will hunt the fish. They also seem to be really rather reclusive which isn't great for a display tank.

So all in all I don't think I will be getting one at the mo, maybe in the future tho as I still think lobsters are ace. We'll just have to see.

Re: Reef Lobsters

PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:03 pm
by malakye
I think your right about them being more for a specific set up rather than a communal tank.
You can always have their relatives, marine shrimp.