So, I was just told today that someone ordered me a baby electric blue crayfish(he said the person he ordered it from said the baby will be anywhere from an inch to two inches long). Why? I really don't know! I wish people wouldn't, I have had bettas, cichlids, plecos, random livebearers, shrimp, frogs and the like dropped off on me, even snakes and lizards. I'm gonna start smacking people. People seem to think since I have five tanks I have room for anything and everything. @_@
Anywho, tried to get them to cancel it because I know so very little on them and space is limited, and they said they can't since it was shipped yesterday and looked...offended. Guilt trip major. BAH! T^T I should smack him. I did smack him...Ahem!
Fair warning, this may be long and a bit random, I'm flustered about it and don't want a critter I really love seeing to get all messed up or killed, so I need all the info I can get my brain wrapped around.
So, I've always liked them really, I sit and I stare when I visit shops that have them... just didn't want crayfish with my fish since I heard they will kill and eat them if they can catch them, so buying one never really crossed my mind after hearing that tidbit(last I asked I only had a ten and twenty gallon tank though). I do have a tank open so perhaps I can make it work. I just need info and fast! According to the tracker it'll be here in two days.
...So, currently I have a twenty gallon tank open, and that's it. It's fully established, just recently moved a few juvenile platies out of it, and it currently has some pink ramshorn snails in it, which I hear he may or may not eat...will he? Is a twenty gallon enough space for one or are they too active or large for it? There will likely not be anything else with him save for some snails if he doesn't eat them all. lol Unless there are some fish ok with a twenty gallon and the crayfish...
I do have a 55 gallon tank, but it's a tropical and from what I've read so far, they can't handle temps of 78-82 degrees. Something about liking it around 70-76. Big jump there...What temp do they -prefer- to be in?
I also have a bubbler(it was on a decoration but that broke so it basically free floats in one area of the tank, it doesn't bounce around or anything), a chunk of driftwood, and a lot of plants...I will likely be picking up a cave as well since I hear they like caves and hidey holes. Are they ok with a bubbler that isn't all high powered and such? I have a 20-30 gallon aquaclear filter, the tank is fully cycled and is well established and stable.
Are plants going to be ok with him or will he rip them apart? Mostly I have some java moss and a few types of anacharis and stem plants. Two small anubias nanas as well. Can those even handle the colder temps, let alone a crayfish?
What foods do I need to pick up for him, or her? I currently have a nice selection for my fish, mostly frozen foods: Emerald entree, baby brine shrimp and adult brine shrimp, glassworms, beef heart which I rarely use since it's not...fish protein foods really. I also usually have fresh veggies to blanch like peas, cucumbers, romaine lettuce and the like, and tropical fish flakes. Are any of those good for them or are they all carnivorous? I read they were omnivorous...however there's a lot of bouncy info on them out there and I want some facts. Would I need to snag anything else?
My stats in the tank are: PH 7.2, Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate are 0, hardness is about 10-11 dGH. Stable and has been for...well, ever. LOL Since it was last redone and cycled the stats really haven't changed, except the PH used to be 7.4 and it slowly went down and stayed at 7.2 about six months ago, which I assume was from the addage of plants and driftwood. Are these stats ok, or is something too high/low?
Will he/she be ok on gravel substrate?
I have cuttlebones in for my snails, will this affect him in a poor way, or will it maybe be good for him, being an invertebrate and all? Wont make molting bad, will it?
They're not social, are they? I don't think I have room for one, let alone two, they get like 6-8 inches long and are pretty bulky, right? Or are they smaller/larger?
How do I tell the gender? Any gender specific care and warnings I need to know?
Any info on what he or she will need to stay happy and healthy, lemme at it? Got my feet wet so I might as well swim. I just haaate when people do this, ESPECIALLY on fish/critters I haven't had weeks/months/years to research on and plan for before getting! But what am I gonna do? Can't just dump him somewhere. Since I have room, if not permanent but temporary...I'd like to take a shot at keeping a crayfish. Just wish it was a planned thing. =)
If I can't make it work, I'll be finding it a new home, but currently the LFS's I sell to are fully stocked and have been since before the December Holidays and say they wont have much room open due to other sellers and normal stocking for a month or two yet. I also don't know anyone who keeps crayfish or have larger tanks.
Quite a random series, eh? Can you feel the flusterness? I am...I haven't been angry like this in a while. I have no idea how to care for them and don't want to kill it, so cram in what knowledge you guys can. Please? =) It's not the first time and probably wont be the last time. I'm a sucker for taking things in and not forcing them back to whoever(mainly because usually critters dropped on me were "Rescues" and don't have proper homes, and I don't like the idea that something will likely die when it's in my face if I force it back. ><)