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Old 09-21-2010, 02:54 AM   #1
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I want to raise lobsters, like plenty of them and breed them, what all do I need?

I don't have any equipment at all, and won't get the lobsters until aquarium/tank is ready.
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Takes more then just an aquarium...Lobsters are cold water animals and you would need to get a chiller and a very big AQ at that. My advice is to get a book are at least do a search on google.
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Old 09-21-2010, 08:21 AM   #3
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Lease a piece of the ocean and set up a lobster farm?
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Is this just because you like eating them or because you really like them as pets?
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@ thincat yeah I know I need more than just an aquarium, they need "hard" (they were talking about calcium by crunching up eggs and microwaving them and putting them in the water to increase calcium and also kills bacteria) and I learned some more stuff from here How to Raise Red Claw Lobsters | eHow.com (they said to use limestone flour to increase calcium). I mainly just need to know what size would be best to take care of plenty of lobsters since they say a 1 pound lobster usually carries 8000 eggs and 9 pound lobsters can carry more than 100,000 eggs, but they say out of every 50,000 eggs, only 2 are expected to survive to legal size (what does legal size mean? They don't explain much here Lobster FAQ — FactMonster.com) and why don't the others make it to legal size?
I will search for a book, but not really sure what to put in the search, I will go to books.google.com first.

To have them as pets, but if one dies of old age, is it safe/ok to eat them? Or does it depend on how long they have dead?
In any case it'll be a while before I get the nerve to eat any.
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So waht exactly are you looking to raise? The first article is about FRESH WATER crayfish. The second is about the American lobsters, whcih are SALT WATER species.

I don't beleive Salt Water lobsters can be bred/raised in captivity.
If you are talking about crayfish I will move this thread to the FW section.
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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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but they say out of every 50,000 eggs, only 2 are expected to survive to legal size (what does legal size mean? They don't explain much here Lobster FAQ — FactMonster.com) and why don't the others make it to legal size?

I just guessing based off what I know of other species, but mostly creatures with such a low survival rate end up as food for a lot of other creatures during their lifespan. Especially when the lobsters are tiny, creatures that might not normally eat lobster will snack on the babies.

And if one lobster lays 50,000 eggs (with the help of a male), and two of those eggs survive to reproduce, then thats a stable population.

Edit: Just wanted to add, salmon have a similar survival rate in the wild (around 2% I think), but in a farm setting thats reversed and around 95% survival to harvest size.
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"(what does legal size mean?)" Legal size is a lobster big enough to have had a chance to spawn in the wild.
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