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post #1 of 21 Old 07-31-2014, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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My Marbled Blue Self-cloning Crayfish

I got a marbled blue self-cloning crayfish about two weeks ago or so. She's cute. Real sweet critter.

I never see her. LOL She comes out to get food, obviously, I often see something sticking out from her spot under the orange pot in the morning. She drags java moss and plants under there too. I tried to put it back after a clean, but I failed. Hope she isn't too mad, it was dirty under there. She seems to eat, sleep and poop there. x.x She hasn't shed yet, to my knowledge.
I was worried about her so I moved her hiding place when I cleaned, needed to anyways, and she came out to say hello. Grabbed photos while I could. You can see she does that thing with her tail, it's worrying me.

The blue...she looks like she may be getting some, but from what I read it depends more on feeding than genes. Guess we'll see, I don't really care since I like her fine as she is.

She is, however, holding her tail under her a bit, and that worries me...usually means some kind of issue. Anyone know what may be the problem? I've had the occasional ghost shrimp do that and die later. x.x She otherwise looks ok though. She's only about 3 inches long now, still a baby.

Isn't she pretty? I haven't named her yet, any suggestions? =)





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post #2 of 21 Old 08-01-2014, 12:27 AM
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Those are eggs under her tail and she will be like that for a few weeks. When they hatch they will sworm her. Good luck and congrats
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Wait...WHAT? She is a baby!!! I wasn't expecting babies for like...several more months, I just got her. o.o; I mean I had the thought cross my mind because I could see her under legs fanning...but it was a drift I ignored since she's young. Really?! Ouhhh, not prepared for that yet, that's why I got a baby. LOL Could that possibly be why she never comes out? If so I feel REALLY bad I messed up her comfy nest when I cleaned, but I had to since I skipped the week before so as not to disturb her. I'm gonna give her a second cave and see if she likes it better like baby blue did, it's roomy but covers out the light good....


Babies...already? Huh! Imagine that! I have space, I just wasn't thinking I'd have any for a while. lol



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o-o You know I must be tired today, I just took a good look at that photo and it's very obvious she has eggs....why I didn't notice it before is beyond me, it's totally visible and beyond obvious, you can SEE them and all without looking too hard. x.x

That was shock and excitement, by the way, not fury. Bit of worry, young mothers...doesn't always go well. Nothing to be done for it since they clone though. lol

Didn't you have trouble getting yours to clone, Henningc? What do you think got her going right off in my tank? And...want one if she really is? lol She's got the blue gene. Her ma was VERY blue, and she's visibly getting some blue herself. I haven't fed her any fish. Mostly flakes, algae wafers and brine shrimp and mysis shrimp, as well as the more often veggies like zucchini, she seems ok with zucchini and cucumber, oh and steamed broccoli stems here and there, not as often as I probably should.



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post #5 of 21 Old 08-01-2014, 06:38 AM
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Babies?

Ooohhhhh Sylverrrrrr....!
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lol Funny, Flint.

I wonder how many she will have, she looked pretty piled, but she is small herself. ;D I gotta get some catappa leaves. As in right immediately now so they have time to grow their food. -scoots-



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post #7 of 21 Old 08-01-2014, 02:47 PM
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I'm squirming with excitement over here!! Scoot!! Scoot!!
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I am as well. Henningc pointed it out and I noticed, I think I squee'd. LOL
Let's see how I do. I'm thinking of popping many into my 73 gallon pool, I haven't made a cover for it yet though. c.c It'll be muuuch more ideal to raise so many babies in versus my 20 gal. I'll have to wait until they can handle being moved of course, I'm always scared to mess with babies.



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Won't they eat your fry?
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They're more peaceful crayfish. However there's always the risk...I haven't had any issues, my fry and adult endlers SLEEP with the mother in her nest right now, she doesn't even bother with them at all, though occasionally if one gets near her eyes she'll swat at them and then go about her business. c.c;



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