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Purple Lobster
Enomopletapus sp.
Purple Lobster
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Size: 1.5-4 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Bold
Reef Safe: With Caution
Diet: Meaty and Pellet
Origin: Indian Ocean
Acclimation Time: 2+ Hours
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 25 gallon
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The Purple Lobster is a nocturnal species and mainly comes out at night in search of foods. It needs lots of hiding places, thus keeping live rocks and caves are necessary in an aquarium. The Purple Lobster can not get along well with other inhabitants and may injure them, due to its aggressive and territorial behavior. It is advised to be kept only one per tank to avoid any unnecessary aggressive behavior in the tank. The Purple Lobster is considered a scavenger that likes to sift through the sand for detritus and thus helps in keeping the aquarium aerated. It feeds on small fish, therefore fishes should be kept selectively according to its size. It is sensitive to copper based medications and extreme nitrate levels. Poor water conditions should be avoided in the tank containing the Purple Lobster. It thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit, pH of 8.1-8.4 and with high water quality. The Purple Lobster is easy to care for. The aquarium should be added with a thick sand and gravel bed for burrowing, also with lots of rocks for hiding places. The Purple Lobster undergoes molting and needs traces of iodine to ensure proper molting. It is completely snail safe, unlike crabs, and do not disturb or harm snails. The Purple Lobster is reef safe if it is fed properly and gets plenty of hiding place in the tank.
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The Purple Lobster is a relatively new item to become available in the aquarium industry. These Lobsters have incredible coloring that begins with purple and extends to violet, pink, shades of blue, and yellow. They will not harm or attack other invertebrates or fish, unless provoked. Purple Lobsters prefer lots of hiding places, crevices, and caves, so it is best if you have lots of rockwork in your aquarium. The Purple Lobster is nocturnal and should be fed meaty pieces regularly to prevent predatory feeding habits, they will also accept flake and pellets. Keep only one per tank. They make a great addition to any aquarium.Lobsters belong to the Class Crustacea and Order Decapoda, which is characterized by two pair of antennae, three body parts, and five pairs of legs. The head of a Lobster is connected to the thorax and covered by a shell called carapace. If a Lobster has antennae they are normally thick and conical and serve the Lobster as extended eyes. Lobsters normally have thick and wide abdomens and tails which allow them to propel their body backwards at lightning speeds. In order for Lobsters to grow they need to shed their exoskeleton, a process called "molting", which allows them to remove their restricting shell and begin a new one. Often times in the home aquarium Lobsters will leave this translucent shell in full view so it can serve as a distraction while the Lobster finds a hiding place as its new shell hardens.
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