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how predatory are crayfish?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Invertebrates' started by Lightning Bug, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Lightning Bug

    Lightning Bug My fish talk to me

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    how predatory has your crayfish been in the past? im curious to find out what they are compatible with as far as fishy tank mates goes. so come on, share some stories :)
     
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    Taysius Research first, buy later.

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    Other than dwarf crays, I would never keep one with any fish that you would be upset to find missing. I keep mine with guppies and every now and again I find that I have one less guppy.
     
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    what about clipping its claws? doesnt that prevent crays from being able to catch fish?
     
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    Yes, that would prevent it from happening, but IMO that's a terrible thing to do. If you already have a fish with the crayfish, get rid of one of them. Don't go chopping off its claws!
     
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    That's like cutting off the hands of thieves.
     
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    maybe i can find one with small claws instead of those big lobster kinda things you see on some crays.
     
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    Some dwarf crayfish are the same size and shrimp so I'd look into that.
     
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    My sister keeps a crayfish in a tank with a school of odessa barbs. They're not full grown yet, about 1.5-2", but they seem to be big enough and fast enough that the cray can't get them. She's never had any problems.
     
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    Cut his claws off!!! Oh no, that is awful.
     
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    Seriously? That's just not right to even consider. I say if you really want a cray, then set up a small tank for one. I have a large cray in a 20 long but most species, the North American ones anyways, are fine in a 10gal for life.
     

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