When choosing the best lobster tank, consider the amount of water the tank holds, the number of lobsters you want to store and the type of filter the tank uses. If possible, talk to people who own the kind of tank you are considering buying. Pricing and the size of the tank also are important.
The amount of seawater needed for the lobsters is a key concern when choosing a tank. It generally takes 1 pound (0.45 kilograms) of sea salt for each 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of freshwater to make a seawater tank. Ideally, a tank should hold 1 gallon (3.8 liters) of seawater for each 1 pound (0.45 kg) of lobster.
Another consideration is the physical size of the tank. The general rule is to have up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of lobster for every square foot (square meter). Lobsters are usually not to be stacked more than two high.
The lobster tank should also come equipped with a biological filter. This filter will help keep the water clear and odor-free. Water that is cloudy or has a foul odor is usually caused by natural waste from the lobsters. Dirty water is unattractive to customers, can impact the health of the lobsters and might lead to the loss of sales or stock.
The best lobster tank will serve as an attractive display that is visible yet unobtrusive to customers. Keeping the tank and the surrounding area clean at all times can further suggest the seafood is fresh. Placing ocean- or seafood-related decorations near the tank also can make it appear more attractive to customers.
After deciding on a few finalists, you can try contacting current customers of the manufacturer to find out if they are pleased with their tank. This can be accomplished by talking to restaurant or grocery store owners. Testimonies might also be available through online websites or forums. You should always try to verify any online information to make sure it is authentic and credible before trusting it to decide your tank purchase.
Choosing the right lobster tank can give you a return on your investment. Displaying live seafood can lead to an increase in customers and sales. Lobster tanks are also fairly common in restaurants and supermarkets, so you might want to discreetly research what the competition is doing.
Once you complete your initial research, you can move on to comparing prices for lobster tanks. Make a list of the models and manufactures available, along with a few of the features for each one. The final step is to choose the lobster tank that has all or most of the features you want and also has the best price.