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Spiny Lobster - Panulirus sp. - Small

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Lobsters available in the aquarium trade vary in size but generally have very similar temperaments. The smaller species are commonly referred to as the "Reef Lobsters" (genus Enoplometopus) while many larger species are also occassionally available (genera Palinurellus and Panulirus, among others). Lobsters are omnivores and will scavenge on both plant matter and meaty items like fish and invertebrates. Depending on the size of the lobster, they may be a threat to smaller invertebrates but smaller lobsters are generally not a severe threat unless underfed. While they will eat some leftover food, they should be target-fed with small meaty items regularly.

Lobsters are usually considered Reef Safe (if well-fed) in that they do not usually eat corals. However, lobsters do build burrows in rockwork and can cause some damage as they bury, especially larger lobsters. The "Reef Lobsters" are usually safe in reef systems but the larger Spiny Lobsters, Slipper Lobsters and some others are best kept in large systems without coral that can be damaged by their activity. Most lobsters are nocturnal; they will remain hidden during the day and come out at night to feed.

Crustaceans benefit from iodine and mineral supplements to help form a healthy, hard exoskeleton. Regular water changes with high quality salt mixes usually provide enough, but extra supplements may be needed in reef tanks or in tanks with heavy invertebrates loads that use up iodine and other minerals rapidly. If water changes with new, fresh saltwater are not done regularly, the minerals may become depleted and nitrates may accumulate. This can also be detrimental to crustaceans and other invertebrates.
Common NameSpiny Lobster - Small
Scientific NamePanulirus sp.
OriginIndo-Pacific, Caribbean
Reef SafeYes, with caution
Invert SafeYes, with caution
Community SafeYes, with caution
DifficultyEasy to Moderate
Max Size (in inches)10
Min Tank Size (in gallons)75
pH Range8.0-8.4
Temperature Range75-82
Specific Gravity Range1.022-1.026
DietOmnivore, Scavenger

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