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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-17-2014, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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"Vanilla Lobster"

Petco had a manager special on what they call a "vanilla lobster" today, and I couldn't help myself. I brought home a male, he's about 5" long and pure white. He was kept in a tank with cichlids and another crayfish, so he's missing one feeler and a few toes, but overall looks pretty good!

Right now he's in a planted, fully cycled tank and doing pretty well, started to look around a little bit and nibble on some plants, and did a bit of redecorating; "No no no, I assure you, this specific piece of gravel looks much better right here!" Then he retreated to the corner and started grooming, so I think he's doing alright.

The only problem now is that I have no idea what species this guy is. He was literally just labeled as "vanilla lobster," and I only know he's a tropical, fresh water species. I figure most lobster/crayfish care is the same, so I have a good aeration system going in the tank, gentle filter, live and silk plants, and am feeding algae wafers, shrimp pellets, catfish wafers, and live minnows.

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He looks awesome :)

Could he be this?
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...68&pcatid=1668

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Thanks <3

And I don't think so, they said at the store that he shouldn't get much bigger than what he is now. Maybe the white variation of Procambarus alleni?
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I wish I could help more but I know very little about crayfish or lobsters :P
Though I did look up White Procambarus alleni
https://www.google.com/search?q=whit...w=1280&bih=561


I would love to see more photos of him if you have any?

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Maybe one of these? http://www.planetinverts.com/Procambarus%20clarkii.html

Is he bumpy? Clarkii are bumpier than alleni.
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+1 Sabina88 I'm pretty sure that's what it is because they call it "Ghost Lobster" when they get them in at my Petco. How big is your tank?

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I wonder if I put it in my crawfish pot, would it stay white? lol
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His exoskeleton is very smooth and has no discoloration of any sort other than where it's slightly translucent.
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The tank is 6 gallons, but I'll be upgrading very soon, once the larger tank cycles.

And I'm sure there are much larger lobsters and crayfish that do better as a meal...
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Aww he's cute :)
What size tank are you moving him to?

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Wow he's beautiful. Just be careful with him around smaller fish!

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