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MXS 08-03-2009 10:37 AM

Caught a small crayfish
It's no longer then 4 inches, could I put it in my 29 gallon community tank with

4 black tetras
2 neon tetras
1 pleco
2 orange-finned tetras


Will it eat shrimp pellets?

Blaxicanlatino 08-07-2009 04:30 PM

when you say that you caught one, do you mean you found it out in the wild? if so then maybe yes but watch out for parasites or any other unwanted friends

Santiago 08-08-2009 03:12 AM

You should treat it first before putting it in your tank because if it has any kind of diseases it can kill your other fish

wmarlowe 08-09-2009 03:54 PM

I have had crawfish over the years and they will eat just about anything.
I've also never had them bother any fish in my tropical set up. I think my loaches dined on few when they were molting:)

MXS 08-12-2009 10:11 AM

Thanks for the help, I have him in a 2 gallon tank by himself temporarily.

Malcolm Little 08-31-2009 07:28 PM

The neon tetras would be food for sure, and the other tetras likely would be, too. Neons sleep on the bottom. Crayfish tend towards the nocturnal and are opportunistic feeders. Deadly combo.

CAPSLOCK 09-09-2009 02:29 PM

I have a wild crayfish in my tank. It lives relatively peacefully with my gourami, danios and algae eater, but these are all relatively fast (or large) fishes. It will eat almost anything and I don't feed mine anything other than what it scavenges from the bottom. During the daytime it likes to hide, so make sure there are plenty of hiding places. Mine spends most of the day under the driftwood in my tank. Luckily mine didn't have any parasites or diseases, but treatment is definitely a good course to follow.

volkspider 09-10-2009 03:51 AM


Originally Posted by Malcolm Little (Post 236290)
Neons sleep on the bottom.

Er, are you sure you're thinking of neons? I've got thirty and have never seen any of them do this.

SpyderMike 09-29-2009 05:11 PM

we have a small river crawfish in a tank by himself and he eats shrimp pellets like its going out of style

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