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post #1 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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2 Rescue Crayfish Disappeared Without a Trace

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I rescued 2 wild crayfish from my earth science lab. They were together in a bucket for a bout a week during the lab, then the TA let me take them so they wouldn't just die in the 5 gallon bucket. They have lived in a 10 gallon tank with a filter. The tank has a hood with a small cutout for the filter to sit in. Over the weekend my room mates and I went home. They were last seen on Saturday night, and when we came back on tuesday, we figured they were hiding in the many rocks in the tank as usual. As of yesterday, we hadn't seen them, so we moved all the rocks and dug around in the gravel and there is no trace of them. I find it highly unlikely they escaped, since they tried to climb the filter and usually only got to the top of the suction at the bottom and then lost their grip. And even if one escaped, it seems unlikely both would have. No one has access to the room except my room mates, and we found no body parts, alive or dead crayfish anywhere in the tank. I also tore apart the room with a flashlight last night looking for them, and could not find a water trail, or any trace of them. Anyone have any ideas? I'm at a loss, I don't see how they could have escaped, and I don't know who would've taken two crayfish out of their tank.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 01:04 PM
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Crayfish are fantastic escape artists, especially from small tanks. It is extremely unlikely that anything other than an escape occurred.

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My brother had a crayfish in his tank who disappeared. About a week later, after searching everywhere, they found in it (dead) in one of his daughter's boots in the basement. The tank was on the floor above that.

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post #4 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you both. I've torn the suite apart looking for them, and they are not anywhere around the table the tank is on. I assume if they have escaped, they crawled into the darkest corner they could find. At this point they've been out of water for at least 3 days, so the prospects of finding them is looking grim.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 05:01 PM
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Check behind the refrigerator.

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post #6 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 05:29 PM
And under your bed

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post #7 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 05:30 PM
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Kind of reminds me of amano shrimps.... Do they also scamper around like cockroaches when they're not in the water? o_O


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post #8 of 9 Old 10-18-2013, 11:59 PM
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Do you have a UGF plate in the tank? If so they are under it. My experience says, don't use UGF when crayfish are on the stock list.
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post #9 of 9 Old 10-19-2013, 12:08 AM
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My brother had a crayfish in his tank who disappeared. About a week later, after searching everywhere, they found in it (dead) in one of his daughter's boots in the basement. The tank was on the floor above that.
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And under your bed
Gee thanks . First my frilled dragon gets out and found he slept on my pillow, but this??!? My psycho crays could end up under my bed, in my shoes or behind the fridge?!? Fantastic. Guaranteed strange dreams once I'm back in town sleeping under the same roof with them. uggh!
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