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Anyone have lobsters in their tank?

I saw cobalt blue and red freshwater lobsters for sale in the Drs. Foster and Smith catalog...just wondering, anyone have one of these?

Might be cool....as long as it didnt attack my babies or eat my plants.
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Doubt they'd be able to catch live fish... but I've only heard bad things about larger freshwater crustaceans. Destructive and difficult to keep alive, AFAIK. How large is the tank?

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They will eat smaller fish as this is a staple in the wild. Not a good inhabitant in a planted tank as well, too distructive. Unless you want their aquascape distructo motif I'd leave these to the big freshwater fish folks.

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They WILL in fact not only eat live fish, but likely eat ALL of them! They don't swim after the fish, but snag them while they are sleeping at night. I'm not sure what they are like in a planted tank, but they can't be much bigger and clumsier than my vampire shrimp and I don't have a problem with him.
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I saw cobalt blue and red freshwater lobsters for sale in the Drs. Foster and Smith catalog...just wondering, anyone have one of these?

Might be cool....as long as it didnt attack my babies or eat my plants.
They are crawfish, and you probably don't want them in a community tank.
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I wouldn't put one in a planted tank , they dig.
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i'd toss them in a pot full of water first~.. wait till they turn really red then take out~

they will dig and destroy that tank ... good ol crawfish

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Well.....based on this feedback and the fact that the cobalt blue lobster is $35.00!!!! I think I will pass
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Good move. I know it's tempting but not a viable critter for a plant tank. Save that 35 bucks for a tank of gas for your car. I have a feeling were all going to get hit with sticker shock this summer.

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