The Red Lobster is a great crayfish species native to the rivers and streams of North America. An excellent scavenger for ponds or aquariums, the Red Lobster will feed upon any leftover food or detritus that settles on the bottom. It is also a great algae controller and will eat any filamentous algae that may form upon the rocks or substrate. However, the diet of the Red Lobster should be supplemented with sinking pellet and flake foods, as well as with dried algae.
Female Red Lobsters are often more subdued in color and have much smaller claws than their male counterparts. Procambarus sp. only grows to a maximum size of around 5″, which makes them well suited for both freshwater aquariums and backyard ponds. If kept in outdoor water gardens, many will hibernate during the winter months to survive.
For best care, keep the Red Lobster in an aquarium or pond of at least 20 gallons. It requires plenty of rocks for shelter and moderately sized substrate in which it can burrow. The Red Lobster can be aggressive towards its own kind and requires plenty of room for individual territories. Therefore, larger aquariums or ponds will be needed if housing more than one Red Lobster. When housing more than one Red Lobster, provide at least 20 gallons per lobster and include plenty of cover including both rocks and plants.
If housed in a pond in an area that experiences freezing winters, be sure to use a de-icer to keep an open hole in the ice for proper gas exchange. Provide places within the pond that contain a few inches of sandy or soil-based substrate for the lobsters to hibernate in.
The Red Lobster will not typically bother fish, unless the fish are very small and are slow enough for the Red Lobster to catch. They may also eat plants within the aquarium if sufficient food is not available. The Red Lobster is relatively easy to breed in captivity, and the eggs hatch in about 21 days. After hatching, the young can be fed flake or pellet foods, and should be separated in order to keep them from eating each other.
Approximate Purchase Size: 3″ to 4″