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Red Reef Lobster
Enomopletapus sp.
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Tank Stats
Size: 2-4 inches
Care Level: Easy
Temperament: Moderate
Reef Safe: With Caution
Diet: Meaty, Pellet, chopped clams
Origin: Hawaii
Acclimation Time: 2+ hours
Coral Safe: yes
Invertebrate Safe: With Caution
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallon

The Red Reef Lobster is a very entertaining invertebrate species, and being a peaceful creature it makes a good inhabitant for reef and community fish aquariums. It looks awesome when it is found excavating the substrate or grabbing foodstuffs. The Red Reef Lobster constantly scours the substrate and looks for any food, in that way it performs cleaning duties as well. It requires a thick sand bed for burrowing, and rocks for hiding. The Red Reef Lobster spends its most of the time in digging in the substrate to create a cave that provides a secure hiding place, so that it can take shelter during molting and waits till the new exoskeleton gets harden. It is commonly referred to as the Red Hawaiian Reef Lobster, Hawaiian Reef Lobster, and Hairy Reef Lobster. Since the Red Reef Lobster is very territorial and aggressive towards each other, it should be kept singly or in mated pair. The Red Reef Lobster is highly sensitive to high levels of copper based medications. It mostly scavenges the food found in the tank, but supplementing with iodine-rich foods will help ensure proper molting. The Red Reef Lobster is named appropriately because its body and claws are covered with sensory filaments that give its ?hairy? like appearance. It grows up to 5-6 inches and is considered a reef safe but with caution, as it does not bother any other tank inhabitant but has penchant for meaty clams as it is considered true carnivore. The Red Reef Lobster is basically nocturnal creature, and is visible through the day on rock overhangs. It is very sensitive to changes in water parameters such as temperature, pH, and salinity. The Red Reef Lobster thrives well in a temperature range of 72-78 degrees Fahrenheit and pH of 8.1-8.4.

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