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Like one from a grocery store. Not that I'd actually do it but me and the old lady are out to eat at Red Lobster and looking at the "pick what you eat" tank got me thinking.
 

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If you're talking like the typical "Maine" lobster, the biggest problem would be getting the water cold enough to keep them happy. The colder the water, the happier they are.
 

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Lobsters are also SW and one of their favorite foods is lobster, so you can't easily keep them together.

You might want to try their smaller FW counterparts, crayfish.
 

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Im from Maine...originally actually I use to skin dive for lobsters as a kid to earn money in high school. got paid .75$ each to catch them. you could get away with a single one in a reef but in ideal conditions they get large even a two to three pounder would destroy a reef tank in a short time....and if you had any slow fish they would either get pinched and damaged or damaged and eaten. they are rediculous scavangers that eat and crap all the time kinda like the seagull of the crustacean world, although lobster is better eating. You could possibly have one in a fowler style reef tank but the rock would have to be glued or really secure, and your filter sump would have to be about half the volume of the tank. The ones in stores and resturaunts dont last long in the tanks. The fishery we sold our lobsters to was on a ocean dock beside the coast guard station and they pumped fresh seawater into there holding tanks from below the dock.
 

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I've always called lobsters the cockaroach of the sea. I wonder what was going through the mind of the first person to eat one? "Hmmmm, look at this crazy thing. I'm gonna eat it!"
 

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I had a dream where I raised Maine lobsters to breed and eat... but in my dream I had a giant indoor saltwater aquarium and was a billionaire... so yeah... Dreams. LOL I miss living in New England

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I have thought of doing this. In our science dept we have an all-in-one tank system with a chiller. Nobody wants it in their room because its about 3'x3' and just doesn't fit anywhere. I still would like to set it up and go down to the local grocery store and pick out a nice colorful chicken lobster!
 

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I've been thinking of starting up a new tank just for crayfish but I've heard they love to escape and wreck plants. The lps has em for a buck apiece.
 

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Are they hard to care for? I'd probably fill their tank with wisteria, that stuff grows almost as fast as duckweed.
 

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I've been thinking of starting up a new tank just for crayfish but I've heard they love to escape and wreck plants. The lps has em for a buck apiece.
That's pretty cheap, most of the ones I've seen in pet stores are quite a bit more. I'm guessing that maybe those are otherwise used as bait?


Are they hard to care for? I'd probably fill their tank with wisteria, that stuff grows almost as fast as duckweed.
When I was living in the North East, I had kept several wild-caught ones for a bit. pretty easy to care for if you keep them solitary. They will rip up plants, kill fish (and even eat them some times) rearrange rocks, move gravel, dismember each other, and climb out of the tank. Some really big/tough plants might work, otherwise I'd probably just try and use various floaters (and even then, I'd expect them to get torn up)

Maybe some of the strains in pet stores are different, and less prone to mayhem and destruction, but I'm pretty sure they would fetch more than a buck each. :)

I did have one tank that had some sort of apple snail, a convict cichlid, and a wild crayfish, and after a couple days of confrontations, seemed to settle into a sorta tense state of mutual tolerance. Not a set up I'd try again though...
 

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I did have one tank that had some sort of apple snail, a convict cichlid, and a wild crayfish, and after a couple days of confrontations, seemed to settle into a sorta tense state of mutual tolerance. Not a set up I'd try again though...
I once kept a six inch large mouth bass as a pet. I caught a huge (5") crayfish and put him in the tank to clean up. The bass grabbed the crayfish by the head. The crayfish clamped on to both sides of the bass' jaw with his pincers. They swam around together like that for about 3 days before they reached that "tense state of mutual tolerance".
 

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I once went to my LFS looking for khuli loach. The attendant there kept them with a bunch of blue lobster and the loaches are all hiding under the decor. Once disturbed by the attendant, it was mayhem! Sorry to say but I didn't wanna bring home loaches cut into pieces..
 
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