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CPO crays--male & female
Old 11-25-2013, 11:04 PM   #11
 
I had my crayfish moult just now, one thing to note is that uka should not take out the moulted shell as the crayfish would eat it to gain some minerals from his old shell suc as calcium. Do u think paradise fish can go with crayfish? Iam afraid the cray may pinch its long tail...
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:18 PM   #12
 
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I keep reading that fish, as well as crayfish, all have their own personalities. That said though, Paradise fish are known to often be aggressive and territorial. So I would be more worried about the crayfish than I would the Paradise fish. The crayfish could reach up and try to grab it's tail, but honestly, I've seen mine grab at my female bettas' tails many times, and they never get ahold of it. Not to say it couldn't happen though. Most types of Paradise fish grow to 3-4 inches, and I'd be afraid it might be able to get the crayfish in it's mouth and chew it up. So I definitely would not put them together. But like I said before, I'm also just a beginner with crayfish.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:42 PM   #13
 
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I wouldn't rule paradise fish out. I've even succesfully kept dwarf crays with full sized Angels, dwarf guarami, bala sharks, clown loaches and some other larger fish. All these fish would eat my shrimp whic were larger then the crays but the crays had no problem fighting for food with these fish. I saw a few times an angel not notice the crays and swoop in for food but get pinched on the mouth. Asside from food theft( or fighting for food) i really saw no other aggression. Had to move what i coukd to another tank though when I put my bichir in there.
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:21 PM   #14
 
Recently, i have started to doubt the my crayfish's dicipline to eat the food i gave him. Hestarted hunting fish 5days back, from 3 chiclids down to 0. I used to have a school of tetras who also get wiped by crayfish. They are nonetheless fun creatures, just that they need to be diciplined. Cheers
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
 
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How big is your crayfish Tightmuffin O_o ?
That really doesnt sound like a CPO... More so a full sized crayfish. I can't tell from your pic since I have no size reference. I have two full sized blue ones and they certainly can catch and kill fish but Ive never even seen a CPO attempt that.
If thats what you have its nothing to do with discipline. Youve put them in a tank full of their " food" so they will eat them. Full sized crays have very few types of fish that can survive with them.

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Old 11-26-2013, 03:49 PM   #16
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CPOs are too tiny to hunt fish! XD
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:50 PM   #17
 
That guy is 2.5inches, and i have another that small, 2inches. He climbs on top of my filter and waits for 'prey' so i give him a pellet to satisfy him from eating my last fish in the tank. Lepornidus arcus. 2inch guy. I used to have a chiclid, a malawi chiclid that dueled with my crayfish and made the 2.5inch guy back off, but that guy was killed by the crayfish when he got stuck in a tube that flew in from outside during a thunderstorm --
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Old 11-26-2013, 03:54 PM   #18
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Imm Pretty sure CPO maxes out at around 1.5in o_O 2.5 in is like a mutant cpo!


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Old 11-26-2013, 04:18 PM   #19
 
Lol i counted the feelers
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Old 11-26-2013, 04:22 PM   #20
 
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That guy is 2.5inches, and i have another that small, 2inches. He climbs on top of my filter and waits for 'prey' so i give him a pellet to satisfy him from eating my last fish in the tank. Lepornidus arcus. 2inch guy. I used to have a chiclid, a malawi chiclid that dueled with my crayfish and made the 2.5inch guy back off, but that guy was killed by the crayfish when he got stuck in a tube that flew in from outside during a thunderstorm --
Oh dear.. I'm pretty certain thats not a CPO. They are done growing at 1.5inches. You should keep an eye on it as it is likely not done growing.. Or if it is its still not a CPO. How long have you owned it? My two 5 inch ones did take forever to get big and some can take much longer then mine.
And.. Wow .. Anything that kills a Malawi cichlid is super crazy. I could picture my big ones doing that but the CPOs wouldnt last a day with my African cichlids. I wouldnt trust yours with anything but maybe barbs or some surface dwelling fish in a taller tank( maybe!)
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