Blue painted lobster

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    Hey dudes, jus curious about the blue lobster, I really want one cus they jus look fantastic but are they reef safe? I have a bubble tip nennie, will he try and chow it? and a smallish lionfish, will he chow that?

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    reef safe with caution, It generally will not bother other inhabitants of the aquarium, except for sessile or other bottom dwelling animals, and is an opportunistic feeder, so sleeping and sick fish might be a meal
     
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    yea i got that part but will it harm my nennie? does the exoskeleton feel stings like fish?
     
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    i honestly dont know about the nemmie, but it wont feel the stings
     
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    perhaps if the nennie had a pair or maroon or tomato clowns.....
     
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    A lobster wont eat a nennie. Getting a pair of maroons to defend the bubbletip is not a good idea, they will get very aggressive and most likely harrass everything in youir tank.
     
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    i agree

    also carpet nemmies can and sometimes do eat tank mates, just a word of caution, but keeping him happy and fed will help
     
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    Really? are maroons that bad? its an 900L tank
     
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    Maroons are amongst the worst.
    Being such a big tank, they might be fine if they put in their own corner.
     
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    He wont eat the nemmie per say but will try to get food from its mouth ... Unless you want to spend some time after you feed the nemmie chasing him away from close vicinity .... If shrimp can do it will be like taking candy from a child for the lobster ... Size comparitively ....
     
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    point taken, but i would probably feed them at the same time, chunk of hake or prawn or musssel
     
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    Agreed with Chickaboo. It can do some serious damage to your nennie when taking food from it's mouth. From experience, I have learnt that even after a piece of food is "swallowed" by your anemone, the cray will start digging the mouth apert to get to it.
    I tried preventing this by feeding the cray, but it would simply eats its food, pick up remains and hide it for later, then proceed to the anemone to dig for more food to hide.

    Was my first ever invert, eventually had to take it back as it outgrowed the tank and was destructive!
     
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    only go for 1 maroon. not a pair
     
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    Most guys on the coast have these & coral banded shrimps as their first inverts!

    My honest opininon is they are not good for any tank for the simple reason is they hoard food into a corner or their cave and wait for it to start rotting causing huge problems with your water quality... This and knocking off corals in your tank make it a bad choice!... Sorry:blush:
     
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    yea, guess so much, might go for a snowflake eel instead. Its a shame but iguess its one of those animals tht need to stay in the wild
     
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    Or turned into a lobster thermidor!!!!
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Not to burst the bubble, eels can also be painful with regard to feeding habits, knocking things over etc... they do look very awesome though, I would suggest if you could afford a ribbon eel instead of a snowflake it would be less damaging, but I do think they are also quite specialised!! ... Maybe an Eel pro on this site could help more:whistling:
     
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    Crayfish like to undermine and collapse rocks. They jam themselves into cracks in the rock and this often leads to your nice rock collapsing. Even the small juvenile painted crays are pretty powerful guys capable of knocking over stuff in your tank.

    Too true!

    Besides, I know you cannot collect them off a lobster licence, but are you allowed to collect off the invert one (I have a funny feeling you can't)?
     
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