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jfengler 02-29-2012 04:32 AM

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

1077 02-29-2012 05:14 AM

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:

jfengler 02-29-2012 05:18 AM

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

1077 02-29-2012 05:47 AM

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Originally Posted by jfengler (Post 997888)
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

Would not expect bliss for long, Been there,seen it, especially in small 50 litre tank you list as home for these.
Cannot change natural instinct's and creatures will need more space.

jfengler 02-29-2012 06:14 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 997894)
Would not expect bliss for long, Been there,seen it, especially in small 50 litre tank you list as home for these.
Cannot change natural instinct's and creatures will need more space.

they have been there for a while but ok mabye you can help me with another tank, i have a custom 260 litre tank with a turtle, frontosa, silver scat plecos and others

1077 02-29-2012 06:48 AM

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Originally Posted by jfengler (Post 997899)
they have been there for a while but ok mabye you can help me with another tank, i have a custom 260 litre tank with a turtle, frontosa, silver scat plecos and others

70 gallons (260 lites) may work for turtle alone depending on species (have only kept slider's, snapper's )
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.

jfengler 02-29-2012 06:54 AM

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

pitcairnpete 03-03-2012 05:36 PM

Jfengler, do you have a pic of the crays you are keeping?

PCP

jfengler 03-03-2012 05:55 PM

i have pictures


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