Indo Pacific Furry Lobster research

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So I went to my LFS, saw this neat orange lobster, asked about it. Store said it was a slipper lobster, care requirements sounded doable for us, so we purchased. After getting it home and doing further research, I finally saw a picture of a slipper lobster, and this obviously isn't one. After a few hours we determined it is an Indo Pacific Furry Lobster, Palinurellus wieneckii. we were unable to find any additional information about it, or even any in the aquarium trade.

We decided to give it a shot since it seems to be related to the slipper lobster. This thread will be where I share what I learn and our experience keeping it.


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What kind of system is it going in?
I'm not sure if it's ideal, but for now it's in a 32 gallon biocube. There's just soft corals and clownfish in there. I didn't want to use my 180 reef for the science experiment. Depending on what we learn soon, I can upgrade this system to a larger one, I've got a 35 gallon sump laying around already.
 

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So neat! I love the animals in the slipper lobster complex.
One method to train nocturnal beasties to go out in the day is the feed them only in the morning, nothing at night. They'll get used to it and start wandering around with the lights on!

I love a good experiment, good luck with this one! I'll follow along.
 
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So neat! I love the animals in the slipper lobster complex.
One method to train nocturnal beasties to go out in the day is the feed them only in the morning, nothing at night. They'll get used to it and start wandering around with the lights on!

I love a good experiment, good luck with this one! I'll follow along.
That's my plan when I go back to work tonight. I work midnights so when I get home around 7am has been a good opportunity to feed the nocturnal creatures. Been working on a sun coral like that as well. Hasn't opened during normal day time but it is opening earlier. Hopefully we get to see more of this lobster, so far it's been antenna sightings through the rocks lol
 
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I have one of these in my 90g reef. She's pretty harmless. She hides in the big cave in the center of the tank during the day. I drop half-clams in front of the opening, she grabs them and eats away.

The species only gets about 6 inches long, so pretty manageable for a lobster. The lack of claws means they're safe with fish as long as the fish are alive and decently smart.

Pic of her most recent molt.
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I'm about to attempt a couple baby slippers in the same tank. Not sure what species they are yet as I just got them today. Only thing in my tank I imagine they might try to eat is a baby crocea clam, but we'll see.
 
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I have one of these in my 90g reef. She's pretty harmless. She hides in the big cave in the center of the tank during the day. I drop half-clams in front of the opening, she grabs them and eats away.

The species only gets about 6 inches long, so pretty manageable for a lobster. The lack of claws means they're safe with fish as long as the fish are alive and decently smart.

Pic of her most recent molt.
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I'm about to attempt a couple baby slippers in the same tank. Not sure what species they are yet as I just got them today. Only thing in my tank I imagine they might try to eat is a baby crocea clam, but we'll see.
Well that's pretty cool, glad I'm not the only one then. I'll have to try some half clams, so far it picks up reef frenzy or chunky I leave by the back cave. Any luck getting it to come out during the day?
 

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Well that's pretty cool, glad I'm not the only one then. I'll have to try some half clams, so far it picks up reef frenzy or chunky I leave by the back cave. Any luck getting it to come out during the day?
I get her antennae to poke out when she smells me feeding the others, then I give her a chunk by hand. Working on it.
 
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