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Red Lobster
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Red Lobster (Procambarus sp.)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Easy
Temperament Semi-aggressive
Color Form Red
Diet Omnivore
Water Conditions 33-85° F, KH 3-10, pH 6.5-8.0
Max. Size 5"
Origin Farm Raised, USA
Family Cambaridae
Minimum Tank Size 20 gallons
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The Red Lobster is a great crayfish species native to the rivers and streams of North America. An excellent scavenger for ponds or aquariums, the Red Lobster will feed upon any leftover food or detritus that settles on the bottom. It is also a great algae controller and will eat any filamentous algae that may form upon the rocks or substrate. However, the diet of the Red Lobster should be supplemented with sinking pellet and flake foods, as well as with dried algae.

Female Red Lobsters are often more subdued in color and have much smaller claws than their male counterparts. Procambarus sp. only grows to a maximum size of around 5", which makes them well suited for both freshwater aquariums and backyard ponds. If kept in outdoor water gardens, many will hibernate during the winter months to survive.

For best care, keep the Red Lobster in an aquarium or pond of at least 20 gallons. It requires plenty of rocks for shelter and moderately sized substrate in which it can burrow. The Red Lobster can be aggressive towards its own kind and requires plenty of room for individual territories. Therefore, larger aquariums or ponds will be needed if housing more than one Red Lobster. When housing more than one Red Lobster, provide at least 20 gallons per lobster and include plenty of cover including both rocks and plants.

If housed in a pond in an area that experiences freezing winters, be sure to use a de-icer to keep an open hole in the ice for proper gas exchange. Provide places within the pond that contain a few inches of sandy or soil-based substrate for the lobsters to hibernate in.

The Red Lobster will not typically bother fish, unless the fish are very small and are slow enough for the Red Lobster to catch. They may also eat plants within the aquarium if sufficient food is not available. The Red Lobster is relatively easy to breed in captivity, and the eggs hatch in about 21 days. After hatching, the young can be fed flake or pellet foods, and should be separated in order to keep them from eating each other.

Approximate Purchase Size: 1" to 2"

Customer Testimonials

Benn O Somersworth , NH
The lobsters are very entertaining. Mine haven't gone after any of my live fish, they do quickly clean up after any fishes death though, so if you do not like to have to remove fish carcasses from a tank these are definately a welcome addition. Also they do seem to have somewhat of an intelligence mine will follow me around the tank occasionally but no one else.
Arthur S Salem , MO
I have two Red Lobsters (Male & Female)in my 55 gal.tank. If you have live plants, beware! They will eat your plants. Feed "Algae Discs" to slow down the plant eating. Also,they will eat small fish, believe me!
Zach S Edison , NJ
I have one in my 50 gal tank and after a few days, he killed and ate my balloon molly. Very interesting invert, but beware.
Brandie Amagansett , NY
Beware of fish. I ordered one of these to put in my tank to eat left over food, waste, etc. It killed one of my goldfish within two hours. The fish was perfectly healthy.
Josh L Massena , NY
Very entertaining fish, active and full of energy. climbing and pouncing off rock structures often as well. I have 2 in my 55 gal tank with 3 Pink Convict Cichlid and 3 Black Convict Cichlid and they have not bothered them at all. Great addition to tank. I will advise they do come bigger then I had expected but 2 for a 55 gal tank is just right.
Michael Aguilar Apple valley , CA
Great to watch I have 4 in 125 gallon tank big enough don't bother fish or each other
Angus C Covina , CA
I love these, I have 5 in a 20 gallon tank. Just letting you know bad idea. you only want to keep one in a 20 gallon tank. If you want to keep multiple ones a 40 gallon tank at least is recommended. One of them killed 2 in 3 months. and now there is only one left. I have them with 4 rasboras and 2 glowlight tetra. Dont keep these with any like corydoras or slow fish like goldfish, guppy or any bottom dwelling fish. Also dont keep them with puffer fish they can eat them.
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