Help!!!! My Lobster Is Trying To Get Out!

Discussion in 'Hermit Crabs' started by madds, Apr 13, 2017.

  1. maddsValued MemberMember

    I know I'm in the wrong category but I'm not sure where to put this. I have a blue lobster (because my boyfriend begged for him) and I am absolutely horrified of him. I kept waking up tonight to blooping sounds and realized he was zooming back and forth across the tank, then after noticed him swimming UPSIDE DOWN and shooting out of the tank, I'm freaking out. Why is he doing this?
  2. TySabolValued MemberMember

    What kind of filter do you have? Is there any type of cave or anything he can hide in plus what size tank do you have?
  3. maddsValued MemberMember

    It's a 5 gallon which I KNOW is too small, and I was getting him a bigger tank but now I don't know if I want him, too many sleepless nights. It's a HOB filter, which he also tries to scale. I have caves for him that he likes to hide in
  4. TySabolValued MemberMember

    It honestly could be the size , they are very active creatures that will explore everything he's probably realizing how small his area is. I would recommend at least getting a 20 gallon long this will give him way more space to explore and a glass cover for it is only about 20-25 bucks
  5. TySabolValued MemberMember

    It won't be long before he gets out their escape masters but if they're comfortable they shouldn't try to get out. I'd try to set up some type of makeshift screen for him so he doesn't climb out until then.
  6. maddsValued MemberMember

    He doesn't walk around much, he kind of just hangs out in one corner behind plants and a cave, and he hates light, this is new behaviour, but if I don't get rid of him I will get him a larger tank
  7. TySabolValued MemberMember

    I'd leave the light off for a little while he'll probably relax a little bit under light they feel exposed
  8. TySabolValued MemberMember

    With the right set up they can be pretty awesome to have but unfortunately that tank size is probably driving him crazy
  9. maddsValued MemberMember

    I never had a light for him because he seemed to hate it, but thank you, I will decide what I'm doing with him asap and if I do keep him I will be getting him a big tank soon
  10. TySabolValued MemberMember

    Didn't think of this before but you said this is new behavior , is their anyway you can test the water parameters? They can produce a lot of waste in a tank that size so you could be having some sort of ammonia spike causing him to try to escape also
  11. maddsValued MemberMember

    I don't have a testing kit but could get one
  12. TySabolValued MemberMember

    Since theirs no way to test right now I'd give him a water change of about 2 gallons. Hopefully that helps
  13. maddsValued MemberMember

    Okay thank you very much for replying!!
  14. TySabolValued MemberMember

    No problem just post again if something changes
  15. oOBlueOoWell Known MemberMember

    Does he have a place to climb out of the water?

    I have a crayfish in a 40g breeder with a repto waterfall filter. He has rocks that he can hide under or climb on.
    I also have a versatop so he can't escape.

    I agree with changing your water. Also to treat the water with prime or something similar. If you don't have a water test kit, most pet stores will test for free.