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-zach- 12-03-2006 07:31 PM

Tank and Compatible Species
 
Hey all,

I'm very new to this bulletin (first post!), and I'm pretty much a noob when it comes to owning and caring for fish. I think they're interesting and colorful and am ready to take the responsibilities to care for them.

I plan on buying this aquarium:
http://www.hammacher.com/publish/723...cm_cat=1414665

and this Electric Blue Crayfish:
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...fm?pCatId=1641

For starters I plan on getting a fine gravel for the crayfish and some plastic plants and probably a cave/rock for hiding.

Are there any species of (some colorful) smaller fish that I could have that swim above the crayfish that are compatible with eachother? Do I need to buy something like tank cleaning fish or anything else?

Basically the other fish are fitting around the aquarium and the crayfish. If it comes to it, I'd rather have that aquarium and the crayfish than that aquarium and other fish (but not the crayfish). So basically, fish that will fit in that aquarium and won't bother/be bothered by the crayfish.

For those of you who didn't click on the links,

one is for a self-filtering fishbowl aquarium (30L)

and the other is for a cobalt blue crayfish.

Thanks and hopefully good answers are to come.

Lupin 12-03-2006 07:35 PM

Re: Tank and Compatible Species
 
Hi and welcome aboard, Zack.:wave:
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Originally Posted by -zach-
Are there any species of (some colorful) smaller fish that I could have that swim above the crayfish that are compatible with eachother? Do I need to buy something like tank cleaning fish or anything else?

No fish should live in the tank with a crayfish.:blink: Crayfish will attack small fish and even devour them. They are also known to attack larger species.
There isn't a single invertebrate that can clean a fish except in marine.

I wouldn't get a fishbowl. It's far too small. A tank of 15 gallons is the minimum size I'd recommend.:) You need to cycle the tank first before getting new fish. You can start with male platies. I wouldn't recommend getting females as they tend to breed a lot and this can cause a strain to your biological filter.

If you have any more questions, feel free.:brow:
Good luck.:)

-zach- 12-03-2006 07:44 PM

Oh Man!!! You have to admit that the crayfish looks really cool when it's blue like that.

Not trying to be pressing, but I have a friend who has the crayfish and 2 Bala sharks in a 10 gallon tank and they are doing fine.

My friend says:
Quote:

they have gotten in some scuffles but theyve been in the same tank for a month and nobody has died
so, what do i do? Do I take a chance? Or will it make the fish totally miserable?

dprUsh83 12-03-2006 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by -zach-
so, what do i do? Do I take a chance? Or will it make the fish totally miserable?

If you've already made up your mind you don't have to come here for approval. He gave you very helpful and accurate advice, but if you're determined to do it, you're going to do it. I doubt many people on this forum will stray from Blue's advice... :roll:

-zach- 12-03-2006 07:50 PM

I was asking if it was a really bad thing...

I won't do it, I'm a complete noob (as you have seen)

and I just wanted to know if it was a bad thing.

Is there a good (easy) set of compatible fish that I can have in this aquarium?

http://www.hammacher.com/publish/723...cm_cat=1414665

-zach- 12-03-2006 07:52 PM

unless that aquarium is not sufficient for easy to keep fish

Lupin 12-03-2006 07:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -zach-
Oh Man!!! You have to admit that the crayfish looks really cool when it's blue like that.

I do agree that it looks cool but its attitude is something to consider.:)
Quote:

Not trying to be pressing, but I have a friend who has the crayfish and 2 Bala sharks in a 10 gallon tank and they are doing fine.
No 2 balas should live in a 10 gallons.:blink: 2 alone is not recommended and they grow to 12 inches max. They are shoalers and very skittish so they are prone to injuring themselves. 2 will need 75 gallons size of tank alone.:)
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so, what do i do? Do I take a chance? Or will it make the fish totally miserable?
You can keep a crayfish but you won't have any fish in it.:)

crazie.eddie 12-03-2006 08:02 PM

The bala sharks in your friends tank are fast swimmers, plus they are probably contained in a large tank. The bowl you want is too small for fish and a crayfish together. I would probably just go with a betta or make it a RCS (Red Cherry Shrimp) bowl.

-zach- 12-03-2006 10:33 PM

thanks for all the help guys, i feel much more educated making my decision

Lupin 12-04-2006 01:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by -zach-
thanks for all the help guys, i feel much more educated making my decision

Zach, if you have more questions, feel free to spill them as the members here will readily help you.:)


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