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HostileJava 05-08-2007 07:47 AM

Tank Cleaner w/ Crayfish?
 
I bought what was sold as an Australian Blue Crayfish at the pet store. It's in a 10 gallon tank with heater and filter by itself. I've been feeding it shrimp pellets, algae wafers and the occasional food scrap. However he never finishes the algae wafer and I'm getting a slight amount of algae forming on the sides and bottom of the tank. I was told at the pet store that I could put a small pleco in with him since they are armored. However he must have gotten to him while he was sleeping last night. He ate the tail off and left the rest because it was to hard to eat. Is there anything else I can put in the tank with him to take care of the algae?

frogman6 05-08-2007 08:20 PM

hmm for the algae on the glass u could get a mag float that will do a good job on the sides for the rock i have no idea about the rocks

frogman6 05-08-2007 08:22 PM

if u have another tank u could keep the crayfish in that and ask the petstore person if u bought some otocinclus if u could take them back after there done cleaning they are amazing cleaners

Gump 05-08-2007 08:51 PM

Dont feed the crayfish so much, they will eat algea from the rocks and glass.

leifthebunny 05-08-2007 10:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Gump
Dont feed the crayfish so much, they will eat algea from the rocks and glass.

Won't that make the crayfish more likely to attack the fish as well?

Falina 05-09-2007 06:12 AM

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Originally Posted by frogman6
if u have another tank u could keep the crayfish in that and ask the petstore person if u bought some otocinclus if u could take them back after there done cleaning they are amazing cleaners

They are amazing cleaners but I wouldn't get them and take them back. They're notoriously difficult to acclimatise and being moved twice in a relatively short space of time could kill them. I have never kept them but heard many people talk of how they just died for no apparent reason.

fish_4_all 05-09-2007 12:21 PM

Any fish in the tank will likely become food for the crawfish. Even snails are eaten by them. I had two of them years back and they would catch and eat any fish that was in there, even a fast tetra. They would wait until the tank was dark and the fish rested then grab them and eat them. Otos would suffer the same fate. I wouldn't feed him as much and stick to more stable foods like Romaine, Kale, green beans, spinach, and other veggies. they are easier to clean up and won't pollute the water if removed in less than 24 hours.

HostileJava 05-13-2007 12:01 PM

Thanks!

Captain Crab 05-15-2007 11:16 AM

I had a common crayfish after a few molts it turned blue. I suspect that some are blue and some are greenish brown.My crayfish was like the terminator.so i would remove him from the tank and carefully snip off his pinchers.And he would leave the fish alone for awhile till he molted then the pinchers would grow back.I don't think anything is immune from crayfish attacks .you might want to keep other crayfish or just add some feeder fish but they wont keep the algae away.either keep the light off or keep the tank away from the sunshine.overfeeding sometimes causes algae. A simple pot scrubber on a stick removes algae fine.

leifthebunny 05-15-2007 06:04 PM

I've heard that crayfish are territorial and no more than 1 per square foot on the tank floor.


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