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Eletric Blue Lobster/Crayfish
Hi all, I am new to the forum.
I recently started a 10 gallon fresh water tank. I got 2 glass fish, 2 hatchet fish and 1 otocinclus so far. I went to the pet store today and saw this really cool eletric blue lobster, so I decided to take it home. And most of you probably know what happen. Yes, it started to attack my otocinclus like crazy literally 10 minutes after I put it into the tank. so my question is
1. Will keeping it full stop it from attacking other fish?
2. Is there some sort of cage that I can buy to trap the lobster in and keep everything in the same tank?
2. Are my glass fish safe?
Thank you all in advance :-D
I'm sorry, but the answer to all 3 questions in no. In a 10 gallon, the crayfish will eventually eat every fish. Then it'll escape and die. I would return it if I were you, or get it it's own 20 gallon tank. A 10 gallon is too small to contain a crayfish. They are master escape artists.
Well, I am not trying to challenge you here. The hatchets swim at a pretty high water level and as far as i see, the crayfish cant even swim to the mid level. How can it eat the fish?
Trust me...they can swim easily enough. I've seen freshwater crustaceans, including my own swim through all levels of the tank...even upside down to get food floating at the surface.
Also, the fish will be highly stressed having a predator in the tank with them, disrupting their sleep with it's nightly attacks. That stress will weaken them and possibly make them sick, and that's when the cray catches them.
Awesome. Thanks for the very clear explanation
I guess I am returning it tomorrow......
Also, what other cool creature such as the crayfish would you recommend to raise in my tank?
You could get a dwarf crayfish. They stay under 2 inches and aren't big enough to take a fish, excepy maybe neons. I keep one in a 5 gallon with a betta and a mystery snail. Chances are you'll have to order them online. I got mine from aquabid.
I can only back up what was said before; no blue lobster in a 10g and no fish with him and no group of hachets in a 10g.
The only thing you could house ONE par of in a 10g is Camballus patzuarensis orange (CPOs) with small fish that'll suit the tank size and your water parameters!
I saw a "Hammer Cobalt Blue Lobster", which only grows to ~4". Would you still consider this guy to be too agressive with tankmates (LiveAquaria says they typically won't bother fish)? How about in a larger (40-50g) tank?
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