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Found in every ocean, Lobsters inhabit the sandy bottom or the crevasses of rocky formations. Generally these animals are nocturnal, feeding at night, but most adapt well to the aquarium lighting.

Debelius Reef Lobster
Enoplometopus debelius

Description: The Debelius Reef Lobster, is a uniquely-colored and extremely hardy aquarium addition. The purple colored reef inhabitant has an overall purple-spotted pattern on the carapace and tail, with a lighter color body and orange legs and accents. The claws are purple with orange bands at the tips.
Shy initially, this lobster is a highly effective scavenger that will feed on most any meaty food.The body and claws of the Purple Lobster, as with other members of the genus are covered with sensory filaments that give it its “hairy” appearance. Preferred to other lobsters because of its small 5 ” maximum full grown size, it is reef safe, as it will typically not bother any other aquarium inhabitants.

Lobsters available in the aquarium trade vary in size but generally have very similar temperaments. The smaller species are commonly referred to as the "Reef Lobsters" (genus Enoplometopus) while many larger species are also occasionally available (genera Palinurellus and Panulirus, among others). Lobsters are omnivores and will scavenge on both plant matter and meaty items like fish and invertebrates. Depending on the size of the lobster, they may be a threat to smaller invertebrates but smaller lobsters are generally not a severe threat unless underfed. While they will eat some leftover food, they should be target-fed with small meaty items regularly.

Lobsters are usually considered Reef Safe (if well-fed) in that they do not usually eat corals. However, lobsters do build burrows in rockwork and can cause some damage as they bury, especially larger lobsters. The "Reef Lobsters" are usually safe in reef systems but the larger Spiny Lobsters, Slipper Lobsters, Spiny Lobsters and some others are best kept in large systems without coral that can be damaged by their activity. Most lobsters are nocturnal and will remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.

Crustaceans benefit from iodine and mineral supplements to help form a healthy, hard exoskeleton. Regular water changes with high quality salt mixes usually provide enough, but extra supplements may be needed in reef tanks or in tanks with heavy invertebrates loads that use up iodine and other minerals rapidly. If water changes with new, fresh saltwater are not done regularly, the minerals also get depleted and nitrates accumulate and can also be detrimental to crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Tank Recommendations: All lobsters require Live Rock or similar aquarium decoration to use for hiding, especially when molting. Lobsters should be kept one-per-aquarium, because they are territorial and intolerant of one another.

Diet: It is a true carnivore that has a penchant for clam meat.

Notes: Lobsters are sensitive to changes in water conditions such as temperature, pH, and salinity. Acclimation should occur over a period of a few hours to ensure best chances for a successful transition.Medications containing copper must never be used in the presence of lobsters (or of most hard-shelled crustaceans.)

Approximate Purchase Size: Small up to 2", Medium 2" to 2 3/4", Large 3"+


Small $20.99 Medium $23.99 Large $29.99

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Red Hawiian Reef Lobster
Enoplometopus antillensis

Description:The Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster's environment should have a thick gravel bed for burrowing, and rocks for hiding. This Hawaiian through Indo-Pacific native displays shades of vivid red with white mottlings across its carapace. Also known as the Hairy Red Reef Lobster, its body and claws are covered with sensory filaments that give its “hairy” appearance. Preferred to other lobsters because of its 5-6” maximum size, it is also considered to be reef safe, as it will typically not bother other aquarium inhabitants.

Lobsters available in the aquarium trade vary in size but generally have very similar temperaments. The smaller species are commonly referred to as the "Reef Lobsters" (genus Enoplometopus) while many larger species are also occasionally available (genera Palinurellus and Panulirus, among others). Lobsters are omnivores and will scavenge on both plant matter and meaty items like fish and invertebrates. Depending on the size of the lobster, they may be a threat to smaller invertebrates but smaller lobsters are generally not a severe threat unless underfed. While they will eat some leftover food, they should be target-fed with small meaty items regularly.

Lobsters are usually considered Reef Safe (if well-fed) in that they do not usually eat corals. However, lobsters do build burrows in rockwork and can cause some damage as they bury, especially larger lobsters. The "Reef Lobsters" are usually safe in reef systems but the larger Spiny Lobsters, Slipper Lobsters, Spiny Lobsters and some others are best kept in large systems without coral that can be damaged by their activity. Most lobsters are nocturnal and will remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.

Crustaceans benefit from iodine and mineral supplements to help form a healthy, hard exoskeleton. Regular water changes with high quality salt mixes usually provide enough, but extra supplements may be needed in reef tanks or in tanks with heavy invertebrates loads that use up iodine and other minerals rapidly. If water changes with new, fresh saltwater are not done regularly, the minerals also get depleted and nitrates accumulate and can also be detrimental to crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Tank Recommendations: All lobsters require Live Rock or similar aquarium decoration to use for hiding, especially when molting. Lobsters should be kept one-per-aquarium, because they are territorial and intolerant of one another.

Diet: It is a true carnivore that has a penchant for clam meat.

Notes: Lobsters are sensitive to changes in water conditions such as temperature, pH, and salinity. Acclimation should occur over a period of a few hours to ensure best chances for a successful transition.Medications containing copper must never be used in the presence of lobsters (or of most hard-shelled crustaceans.)

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"


Small $34.99 Medium $39.99 Large $49.99

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Blue Spiny Lobster
Panulirus versicolor

Description:Blue Spiny Lobsters (Panulirus versicolor) are beautiful but elusive. They have long, rigid white antennae and large, stalked eyes. They are mostly black with purple or blue legs and a brilliant white and blue fan tail. These lobsters can grow very large and should not be kept with other lobsters.

Lobsters available in the aquarium trade vary in size but generally have very similar temperaments. The smaller species are commonly referred to as the "Reef Lobsters" (genus Enoplometopus) while many larger species are also occasionally available (genera Palinurellus and Panulirus, among others). Lobsters are omnivores and will scavenge on both plant matter and meaty items like fish and invertebrates. Depending on the size of the lobster, they may be a threat to smaller invertebrates but smaller lobsters are generally not a severe threat unless underfed. While they will eat some leftover food, they should be target-fed with small meaty items regularly.

Lobsters are usually considered Reef Safe (if well-fed) in that they do not usually eat corals. However, lobsters do build burrows in rockwork and can cause some damage as they bury, especially larger lobsters. The "Reef Lobsters" are usually safe in reef systems but the larger Spiny Lobsters, Slipper Lobsters, Spiny Lobsters and some others are best kept in large systems without coral that can be damaged by their activity. Most lobsters are nocturnal and will remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.

Crustaceans benefit from iodine and mineral supplements to help form a healthy, hard exoskeleton. Regular water changes with high quality salt mixes usually provide enough, but extra supplements may be needed in reef tanks or in tanks with heavy invertebrates loads that use up iodine and other minerals rapidly. If water changes with new, fresh saltwater are not done regularly, the minerals also get depleted and nitrates accumulate and can also be detrimental to crustaceans and other invertebrates.

Tank Recommendations: All lobsters require Live Rock or similar aquarium decoration to use for hiding, especially when molting. Lobsters should be kept one-per-aquarium, because they are territorial and intolerant of one another.

Diet: It is a true carnivore that has a penchant for clam meat.

Notes: Lobsters are sensitive to changes in water conditions such as temperature, pH, and salinity. Acclimation should occur over a period of a few hours to ensure best chances for a successful transition.Medications containing copper must never be used in the presence of lobsters (or of most hard-shelled crustaceans.)

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 1" to 2"; Medium: 2" to 3"; Large: 3" to 5"


Small $24.99 Medium $29.99 Large $44.99

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Photos are representative of each species. Each animal is unique and variations should be expected.
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