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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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The Dwarf Cajuns [tank photo]

My 2 pairs of Dwarf Cajun Crayfish (Cambarellus Shufeldtii) are here!

They will be moving into my 5.5 gallon former Rili shrimp tank which current have these parameters:
Ammonia 0
Nitrates 0
Nitrides 0
PH 6.8
TDS 138
GH 4
KH 1

There are a few 1/2" PVC tubes cut in 3" sections in the tank already along with cholla which they likely wont fit into.

The tank is lined with Fluval Shrimp Stratum, round pellia and some random mosses.

Aquaclear 50, sponge filter and a nano internal filter keep the water flowing and clean but it may be overkill so the sponge filter will likely be transplanted to another tank tonight.

I'm hoping to keep 2 CPO together with these guys. Any tips for these little guys?

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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 09-26-2012, 09:40 PM
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That's some filtration..

IME, they're aren't much different then keeping shrimp. The only difference is that they don't play nice with one another. They don't really hurt each other, just some bitch slapping. Things that can be used for caves or "territories" will be good, and they'd feed individually - that is, you can't drop a large algae wafer and expect them to share the way shrimp would.
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Pics or it didnt happen!

Ive always thought these guys were very cool. Where did you get them from?
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Wow, that was fast. (On my scale of time at least. I think I spent six months agonizing over whether I might be able to keep shrimp alive.) Congrats Pics?
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Sorry for the poor quality cell phone pics. It was a busy water change night and these guys were acclimated for 3 hours before entering the tank.

In the container

For scale, this is a quart container. They are sized between a nickel (with tiny claws extended) and dime (the body only)

For scale again, he is smaller than the adult MTS


So far the extend of their aggression has been slap fighting with both parties running away after the third swing. LOL these guys are funny to watch.

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Where did you get these guys?

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ROFL! The title sounds like a family reunion around here. ;-) Congrats! They're adorable!
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Thanks all. Jackskeletonzero on aqua bid. He's real nice to deal with. They aren't gorgeous like cpos but these guys are a riot to watch.

One second they are all sitting next to each other like on a school bus... The next minute everyone is raising their claws in the air then it turns into a battle royal....

And When I say battle royal, I mean a blind folded pillow fight were no one actually hits anyone nor knows what to do, then everyone sort of settles down and sits back together on the bus once more. This is way more interesting than watching shrimp eat and graze.

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Where did you put the rilis?

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They now live with my pfr and prl. They weren't happy with the move largely because they recently gave birth in the tank. Catching them was rili tricky :p

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Their claws are cute, I think I have some Amanos bigger than that!
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I actually have CRS larger than these guys. lol

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Those are hilariously tiny.

I got to watch a shrimp slap fight over a bit of food on day two, but I think the tank's biofilm is now up to their expectations. Haven't seen any squabbling since; they just lounge around eating.
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what do you feed yours? they havent seem to take to the hikari algae waffer today.

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Congrats!

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