Purple reef lobster


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Hi guys and gals.

Anybody got any experience with purple reef lobsters? I saw one on Sunday and had to have it. If it does not do well in my tank, I will make a plan to get it it's own tank. A few pics will follow.
 
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Going on looks alone, I would be nervous of it preying on small fish, clams and other inverts at night.
Would be interested to hear people's experiences.
 
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well, tank isn't too stocked at the moment, so only a few small hermits, but they are still all there.
 
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I did worry a bit when he landed on his back and did not even try to get up, but when he flipped over, he started moving around immediately :eek:
 
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I have one that is three years old and now in his own tank in the kitchen, At about 2 years they become adult and will chow any thing from fish to feather dusters, even a nudibranch which then made the rest of the tank toxic. " Lobby" eats hake, mysis and squid. He killed my boxing shrimp "Rocky" who had also become a bit hungry and was in the same tank. Chowed a 4" boxing in one night. good news, reef safe. Better news I still have him.
 
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I heard they are best for a nano because you hardly see him in a big system, and offcourse when they grow to adult size your smaller fish and invert become the menu.
 
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Apparently they grow to 12-14cm. Is that only head to tail, or tail to claws? If its body only, its gonna get huge.
 
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When u look at a marine species and they look like they could be aggresive and eat small fish, then generally they do!

But they look awesome dont they
 
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My reef lobster is about 8cm in size and lives in harmony with my 15 dwarf hermits,2 fire shrimp,boxing shrimp,10 cleaner shrimp and BEST of all, my blue spiney lobster.... I was warned about when they grow, nice part is, when they do ( an only if they become a problem) it shouldn't be too hard to catch them and remove them

My 2c
 
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They are great, rarely saw mine, but can get big and if given the opportunity they will eat small fish, I lost some fire gobies to my lobster. So any fish that like to sleep deep in the rocks at night while the lobster is out hunting might be a great meal for it. IMO, not a great invert for a nano.
 
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Mine was fine for a few months, then my small fish started disappearing. I did a few midnight vigils to watch him in action and when I caught him trying to take on my sleepin 7cm yellow tang. So he decided to move into the sump :) I had to unpack most of the tank to catch him, as a week of different trap designs all failed to catch him (I caught all the other shrimps though)
 
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