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Old 02-24-2015, 04:26 PM   #1
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Reef lobster in a 5g?

I have a 5 gallon tank with some live rock that I was planning on putting a pom pom crab in but I already have two in my 55g and I'd like to do something different. I've seen a couple of cool Nano lobster setups (as small as 2.5g). Is a 5g too small for a daum's reef lobster? They get about four inches so they're slightly smaller than the debelius reef lobster. Also, is 6lbs of LR with a korolia Nano(240gph) sufficient filtration? I plan on using an auto top off on this tank so Salinity swings are not a concern.

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I'm far from a fan of tanks so small when it comes to most things, especially sensitive inverts, but it might be doable as long as it has a cave to hide itself in.
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besides the problem of stable water conditions, lobsters hide 99% of the time, you will never see him and he will attack and kill anything he can catch
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besides the problem of stable water conditions, lobsters hide 99% of the time, you will never see him and he will attack and kill anything he can catch
I agree. I have had mine in my 120 gallon reef and have seen him maybe 8 times in 10 yrs. They only come out at night.
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Well that's why I'm going with such a small setup. I'm planning on making a cave where I can view him during the day. But I'm aware that they are nocturnal. And he's going to be alone except for some expendable cerith snails.

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How often should lobster be fed? Is squid and frozen hikari clams a good diet for him?

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On mine I dont feed him. He`s a scavanger. but in a small tank like that you will need to feed him. Just make sure you dont foul up the tank by feeding too much. I guess the two choices you gave will be ok.
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