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03-10-2012, 06:28 PM
Red Reef Lobsters -- Breeding/Rearing Offspring?
Hey all -- Anyone keep Hawaiian red reef lobsters? If so, has anyone successfully bred them and raised the offspring? I have a mated pair of these guys, and shortly after introducing them they bred and the female had a nice pile of eggs on her belly. We put her into a breeder net but she figured out how to climb out every time, so we gave up. She dropped the eggs about 2 weeks later, and we had originally thought they didn't survive. Low and behold 2 weeks later, we see about two dozen tiny little lobster fry scuttling around. We managed to get about 12-14 of them into the breeder net, and they're doing well. They appear to be 2nd stage larvae, past the planktonic stage, with clearly developed eyes, front limbs, and defined abdomen/tail, and are eating well on Zooplex mixed with flake food given in very small amounts 3x per day. I looked up info on breeding common Maine lobsters and assume it's pretty much the same, just on a smaller scale. I was just curious if anyone else had experience with these critters? They are really cool, very outgoing and social animals. The parents are about 5-6 inches each, and we keep them with our 2 moray eels as a cleanup team. They often come out and venture around the tank, and will follow us when we walk by, and they will approach and take pieces of food from the feeding tongs while we're feeding the eels. I think it'd be neat to raise up the babies and have more of these guys for our other tanks.
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