tankmates for HARMLESS crayfish
i have 2 crayfish that are very placid and will not attack other fish or eat them, they live with 2 bristlenoses (i normal, 1 albino), 2 electric yellows, 1 khuli loach and a ghost shrimp,, the crays love eating snails but only till after they clean some of the tank
is there any suggestions for a interesting and different fish to go with them
I have kept the Crayfish/lobster's often offered by fish stores as well as tubs of crayfish which I use for bait during the summer while fishing.
These are opportunistic feeder's of both plant and animal matter and are often territorial.
I will assume that the crayfish you have are fairly good size, or Labidochromis are quite small, for they would make quick work of small crayfish.
As the crayfish get larger,I would not have high hopes for the kuhlii loach should it invade the territory of crayfish and crayfish could very well turn on each other= one less crayfish.
Would keep an eye on bristlenose, to see that fins are not being damaged, and or wounds present, as both these species are largely nocturnal, and could have issues of an evening while exploring for food.
Should bristlenose turn out to be mated pair,and fry appear,,,the fry will fair poorly with crayfish present unless you remove the fry.
Fishes that frequent the upper levels of the aquarium and appreciate the slightly alkaine water that the Labs,crayfish enjoy (not so much bristlenose),would be my choice .
Larger barb's maybe.
Crayfish I have kept were very good escape artist's and were sometimes found crawling acrosss carpets or concrete if tank's,tubs,did not have secure tops.
This often brought concern from the one who speaks loudly, and shares space with me.:lol:
i have one 1ft red claw and a 18 cm electric blue marron they do fine together, there are no damage marks to any fish, the crays just will not touch them
Cannot change natural instinct's and creatures will need more space.
Frontosa alone would need much larger tank, Scats are bracksih water fish, while plecos and Frontosa aren't.
Are you researching any of the critter's you are mentioning? Can purchse used books online or perhaps visit local library.
Fishes ,critter's all have different needs with respect to water conditon's,tank size,diet's,compatability with other fishes ,creatures.
If these are not taken into consideration,, fishes ,critter's,are NFL (not for long).
Don't take my word for it, check out some books or purchase used books as mentioned, google.
Much information there .
I think your pulling my leg, and perhaps this amuses you.
I don't get paid for posting here, nor am I trying to sell anybody anything.Only offering advice from some 40 years of fish keeping, in hopes of helping other's to avoid some of the mistakes I have made while learning how to make hobby easier on the fish, and the wallet.
i aint pullin your leg and trust me the tank is massive its about 3 and a half foot long, 2 and half ft deep and 2 ft wide
they all get along and have been for sometime, ive had alot of success with odd mixtures and it does work
Jfengler, do you have a pic of the crays you are keeping?
i have pictures
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