Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

_________________
 
      
        Via paypal



Articles
  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food
Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,119

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Anyone that had a trio of angels deserves a gift. - Brookfish   Thanks for all the help in PM - Taurus   Great pic! - Brookfish   You need a bigger school of angels! lol - Northernguy   Heres a neon for your tank! - Northernguy   

    Default Blue Crayfish Questions


    0 Not allowed!
    A friend of mine is moving and wants to clear out her tank before she goes. She's offered me a nice looking light blue crayfish but I've never kept one before and have some questions.

    What types of fish should I avoid putting the crayfish with? Would it be compatible with a tank stocked with comets, corys, syno cats and a pleco? What about a tank with barbs?

    Will shrimp/algae pellets be sufficient food?
    Will the crayfish rip up plants in the tank?

    Thanks for the help!
    75G Planted Blue Themed Community Tank:
    Neon Tetras, Blue Platties, Blue Guppies, Blue Snails, & a pleco
    with 4 hang off breeder tanks for Blue/Red Platty Project


  2. #2

    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Posts
    12,485

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    congrats on MOTM! - Jacko   Another round for my friends - mommy1   Another day, another round for my friends. - mommy1   After all that virtual alcohol it's time to sober up with some virtual food - mommy1   Thanks for your kind words in my blog, it really dose help - Cliff   
    Emphysema - Lung Cancer - Lung Disease - Multiple Sclerosis - The Red Severum   Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - The Red Severum   World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - The Red Severum   Arthritis - Child Abuse - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - Dystonia - Education - Free Speech - Interstitial Cystitis - ME/CFIDS - Reye's Syndrome - Save the Music - Teens Against Smoking - Victim's Rights - Water Quality - The Red Severum   HIV/AIDS - The Red Severum   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Crayfish will tear up plants
    Tankmates, any fish you would not care if the next day you couldnt find it. So cheap fish like danios, and fast movingg.
    Wafers and pellets would be good.

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Brigantine, NJ
    Posts
    3,584

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    for having so many tanks :) - NanoTankGuy   For being a good teacher and helping to educate me! - chel   They didn't have any platys so I got you a pleco! lol - Northernguy   For you mate. - mac   Thanks for all your help and input regarding setting up my 55 gallon!!! - emilyekk   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    It will easily catch the comets and will harass the corys and other bottom dwellers. I have always kept crayfish with barbs and had great success, no matter the species.

    Crayfish are aquatic bulldozers and will destroy plants.

    Mine get NLS, like every other fish.
    125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
    125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
    90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats

    QTs - 29, 20H, 20L, 10

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,119

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Anyone that had a trio of angels deserves a gift. - Brookfish   Thanks for all the help in PM - Taurus   Great pic! - Brookfish   You need a bigger school of angels! lol - Northernguy   Heres a neon for your tank! - Northernguy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Glad to hear that barbs might be good tankmakes.

    How are the crayfish with plants that are attached to driftwood like java ferns and anubius? Will they still tear them up?
    75G Planted Blue Themed Community Tank:
    Neon Tetras, Blue Platties, Blue Guppies, Blue Snails, & a pleco
    with 4 hang off breeder tanks for Blue/Red Platty Project


  5. #5

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,119

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Anyone that had a trio of angels deserves a gift. - Brookfish   Thanks for all the help in PM - Taurus   Great pic! - Brookfish   You need a bigger school of angels! lol - Northernguy   Heres a neon for your tank! - Northernguy   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Also, can crayfish be kept in a small 2-5G tank? Even if it's just a backup in case of problems?
    75G Planted Blue Themed Community Tank:
    Neon Tetras, Blue Platties, Blue Guppies, Blue Snails, & a pleco
    with 4 hang off breeder tanks for Blue/Red Platty Project


  6. #6

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    111

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Merry Christmas! - Pleco380   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    How large is it? If it is still young, you can keep it in something that small. But when it gets larger then you will need to move it to a bigger tank.

    I am not sure about plants that are stuck on driftwood, but my guess is it probably would rip them off. They have a tendency to rearrange everything in the tank.

    I thought that if a crayfish was placed with fish it would eat them all. What makes barbs successfull? (Asking for my own curiosity).

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Brigantine, NJ
    Posts
    3,584

    Awards Showcase

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    for having so many tanks :) - NanoTankGuy   For being a good teacher and helping to educate me! - chel   They didn't have any platys so I got you a pleco! lol - Northernguy   For you mate. - mac   Thanks for all your help and input regarding setting up my 55 gallon!!! - emilyekk   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    They really ought to have AT LEAST 20 gallons, if not 29. I've kept crays with tiger, gold, cherry and longfin rosy barbs. I wouldn't suggest long finned fish, but mine were fine. These all weren't with the same crayfish, either.

    I mean, if you had to put it in a 5 in an emergency that's one thing, but if you were interesting in keeping one in a tank that small I would suggest a dwarf crayfish.

    I don't know about they plants on driftwood....I would expect it to pull them off though.

    Barbs are good tankmates for crays because of the way they sleep, most importantly. Crayfish hunt at night while other fish sleep. Anything that sleeps near the bottom is in serious danger. Even if the cray never actually catches it, the stress from always being hunted is not good for the fish's health. Barbs sleep higher in the water out of the crays reach. Also, the swimming style makes it hard for them to be caught, because they are so agile and constantly turning direction and looking around. Their tenacious attitude also makes them good tankmates - They are in no way afraid of the cray.

    Of course, if you put a bunch of fish in a 10 gallon tank with a crayfish, a SIGNIFICANTLY higher percentage of the tank is within the crays reach so you should expect some losses. But in a 29 gallon tank there should be next to no predation.
    Last edited by jaysee; 04-15-2011 at 08:00 PM.
    125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
    125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
    90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats

    QTs - 29, 20H, 20L, 10

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    British Columbia, Canada
    Posts
    111

    Latest gifts & ribbons:

    Merry Christmas! - Pleco380   

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    That makes sense. Thank you. I've never kept barbs (not compatible with my tank inhabitants.)

    Do you think Cichlids would also work as tank mates, or do they sleep near the bottom?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •