Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. In Part I of this article we discussed general lobster care and took a look at the Dwarf Red or Hawaiian Reef Lobster, Enoplometopus occidentalis. Today I’ll introduce the Purple or Blue Spiny Lobster, Panulirus versicolor, and the Hawaiian Brown Slipper Lobster, Parribacus antarcticus. Read More »
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Lobsters in the Marine Aquarium – Part 1
Hello, Frank Indiviglio here. I thoroughly enjoy keeping lobsters, and have even been lucky enough to work with the Atlantic or Maine lobster (Homarus americanus), known better to diners than aquarists. Unlike this huge cold-water beast, a number of small, colorful tropical lobsters are ideally suited to home aquariums. Today I’d like to take a look their general husbandry as well as the care of a popular species, the dwarf red lobster (Enoplometopus occidentalis).
Diet and Feeding Techniques
All lobsters are, to some extent, scavengers, but should not be expected to subsist on leftovers alone. In aquariums with fishes, lobsters rarely get enough food unless they are individually fed, or, if only diurnal fishes are kept, fed after dark. Feeding prongs or tubes greatly simplify lobster feeding, and most readily adapt to these implements. Read More »