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Old 09-22-2010, 10:28 AM   #11
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Legal size is 3¼" carapice (back of eyes to end of body, not including the tail). It means, big enough to eat.
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Red claw crayfish, is the way to go for this type of project. They grow quickly, reach a decent size and aren't terribly cannibalistic. They do require warm water, but are raised in very simple setups in Australia, for eating. So, while they aren't real lobsters, they are more practical and much prettier.
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Legal size also means that the lobster is big enough to legally catch. It is judged big enough if the length of the carapace is over 3.25 inches. Every lobster collected by commercial lobstermen is measured with a gauge...and if it is too small (or is an eggbearing female) it is thrown back into the water. Getting caught with an illegal lobster is a huge deal, and you can lose your license right quick.
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I'm guessing by the egg : size ratio, the OP is discussing SW. A 9 pound mudbug would be scary! lol

Tone- The largest obstacles (literally and figuratively) are water volume and cooling. You'll need to maintain a temp of 40-50 through the use of chillers. They are slow growing, disease prone, animals that require a very large volume of water. Commercial lobster farming is only now being tentatively attempted and is still more expensive than the catch so it is only being pursued by a few companies. I'd suggest starting off with a FW crayfish or shrimp variety to test the waters so to speak.

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What about restaraunts like Ruth's Chris and some Red Lobsters that have aquariums in the front of the house, those get eaten. Are they red claw lobsters?
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those lobsters dont spend a lot of time in that tank. I work at a grocery store they usually live like two weeks in there tanks.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:23 PM   #16
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What about restaraunts like Ruth's Chris and some Red Lobsters that have aquariums in the front of the house, those get eaten. Are they red claw lobsters?
Those aquariums are temporary residences and not met to "farm" the lobsters. They simply keep them healthy enough to be fresh when chosen. They also are relatively high water volume tanks and almost always include chillers. They come up for sale somewhat regularly on CL and some forums.

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God.. how i'd love to raise my own lobsters... that'd be some good eats there.
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You might want to check with your local dept of fish and game,....I'm sure it's probably illegal unless you have the right permits/ licenses etc and seeing how they have their own " fishing" seasons ,....I really doubt you could do it anyway
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God.. how i'd love to raise my own lobsters... that'd be some good eats there.
+1 I couldn't agree more. Livin' the life- lobster all night ( Idk how i came up with that?.....?.....)
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Cherax quadricarinatus is red claw, Cherax destructor is what we call Yabbies.

Red Claw can be kept at tropical temps. Yabbies are fine in a temperate climate and could be kept at 'room temp'.

http://www.growfish.com.au/Grow/Files/fn082.pdf

If you are raising them as pets (and plenty of them) get a 6x2x2 tank and grow plenty of java moss. Have a reasonably thick substrate of pool filter sand and plenty of cobbles, slate and drift wood. Have plenty of filtration too.

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