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Are crayfish escape artists?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by wamack, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. allaboutfish

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    is this true with the dwarf species as well? kind of makes me shy away from one. i wouldnt want it escaping, and i wanted it in my riparium.
     
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    the only way I could keep my crays from escaping after my wife stepped on one in the middle of the night is to use a solid screen top I used for reptiles and I still find them in between the top trim and the screen in the lip of the tank. after I put them back in the water they stay for a week orso then I find them on the lip again

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    My crayfish must be abnormal. I've had her for two years and she has never tried to climb out. The tank is half full of rocks, driftwoods, and fake plants which she explores, climbs, and tries to rearrange tho.
     
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    Will crayfish always try to escape no matter what size tank you have?
     
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    I don't think it's about the size of the tank. I think it's about a) the number of hiding spaces, b) the individual. I've had 3 different species of cray and never had any escape. I kept lids on the tanks, but I seldom was worried about it being tightly covered. All of my tanks had lots of places for them to hide--piles of wood, rocks, chunks of PVC, castles, whatever works. Keep the water clean, offer a variety of foods. If you end up with an escape artist, take action.
     

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