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post #31 of 48 Old 01-16-2009, 09:17 PM
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What an exciting thread! I read it right to the end... Even though I think it's bonkers...I wish you all the most success to you and your lobsters!!!
haha me too

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post #32 of 48 Old 01-17-2009, 08:51 AM
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This is just my opinion.... If you buy a lobster from a store, they are going to replace it with another. If you realy want to "SAVE A LOBSTER" the best way would be to encourage people not to buy them or eat them. If the ones at the stores are not selling, they will not restock! I would imagine keeping the lobsters in the stores cost money, if they are not making a profit they would quit carrying lobsters all together.
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This is just my opinion.... If you buy a lobster from a store, they are going to replace it with another. If you realy want to "SAVE A LOBSTER" the best way would be to encourage people not to buy them or eat them. If the ones at the stores are not selling, they will not restock! I would imagine keeping the lobsters in the stores cost money, if they are not making a profit they would quit carrying lobsters all together.
Ahh, but all that you have to do is go to a store that the lobster section is going out of buisness, then if you buy one it WON'T be restocked! Now suicide monkey, you said I should let the lobster into the wild, but I live in Kansas which is just about as far away from the ocean as you can get! What if I found some wa to afford a truley GIANT tank, like 1,000 plus gallons, and put in 2 or 3 lobsters, and had some low lighting, I think this would work out ok.... I am gonna try to make it look as much like their natural habbitat as possible!!!

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What an exciting thread! I read it right to the end... Even though I think it's bonkers...I wish you all the most success to you and your lobsters!!!
LOL! I get that alot! jk..... sorta!!! Thanks!!

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I want to reiterate that lobsters will eat each other.
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post #36 of 48 Old 01-17-2009, 12:21 PM
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Hey, I know this is a strange project to most people but you are not the first to try it and I hope you wont be the last. The way that most grocery stores house their lobsters is really cruel. I'll try to help you with your research. ( I'm on vacation and bored out of my mind lol). So here are a couple of sites that I thought might be helpful.

Lobster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rex the giant lobster finds home thanks to benefactors
Sympathetic Customers Save Giant Lobsters From the Pot (washingtonpost.com)

and here are some keeping lobsters at home pages. Skim the first one, some of these people are a bit crazy lol.

Caring for your pet lobster | Ask Metafilter

Holy Spirit Interactive Kids: Pets 4 Us - Lobsters

Keep your eyes on this one. It really does not have much now but people may add to it over time
Pet Lobster [Experience]? - Yahoo! Answers

This one looks REALLY good...
Q: Pet Maine Lobster - Pet Care Experts Answer!

Ok i hope i helped you out. drop me a line if you need anymore help. Like I said I'm home on vacation and BORED lol. The people on this site have been just so helpful to me with my Betta baby Vinny so i really wanted the chance to help someone in return. Good luck on your venture Darlin'! And please keep me in the loop I really hope this goes as well as you hope!
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post #38 of 48 Old 01-17-2009, 01:07 PM
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a truley GIANT tank, like 1,000 plus gallons
a bucket of salt is about $50 and makes up about 160 gallons give or take. Thats 10x(+) buckets to begin with with about 1 bucket for a water change.

$500 to just get salt in it, RO water is .50 (a gallon) at my LFS (unless you make your own where a unit cost about $100-200+) a unit to handle that size tank would prob. be in the (300-400+ range)
1,000 gallon tank is going to need vortechs for flow which are $400 powerheads, if not atleast Koralia4s or 5s, a refractometer, test kits, sand isnt cheap, a custom metal stand isnt cheap, live rock goes for $5-10 a pound! your going to need ATLEAST 1,000lbs at the minimum to act as your filtration which 1,000 x 5-10 = $5,000-10,000. Even if you buy low quality base rock at $2 a pound that is still $2,000. Plus various other things at expense. Im just putting prices out there so you can realize if you want to do this how much your really going to need to save and what your going to need.
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didnt she once talk about Wanting to Get sea horses?
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I'm just going to say you will need a $400 chiller for one if you really want to do this.

And, why would you want a scavenger that hides 24/7 when you can have a reef, or at least FOWLR?

Definitely Chiller is required.!!! Given proper rock layout, can be seen in open but must glue the rock well or use heavy Rocks.
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