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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-22-2006, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Do crayfish eat algy??

Do crayfish eat algy like shrimp do?? I was thinking of getting an austrailian blue crayfish, but I dont know what to feed it? Do they eat algy?

I'm not going to get it if it doesnt eat algy.

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Mine never ate algae, but sure ate up my fish!

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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I've never seen a cray eat algae..but then again, I never seen a cray in a planted tank until recently.

Shrimps are the way to go, plus they won't eat your fish

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Not to hijack the thread or anything, but do crays eat shrimp?

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If they can catch them, yes, especially with the larger ones.

Crays are omnivorous and make great cleaning crews, especially from the genus Cambarellus since they leave plants alone. They're also some of the smallest crays available in the hobby.

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My cousins' crays would eat his plants. It managed to make quick work of his water sprite.

These crays were the large variety tho that are sold commonly at petcos.

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I caught one in a pond (he was big) and he would grab stem plants with his big claw and rip them out for fun. At least I assume for fun, I have no idea why he did that.

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My crab used to pull out stems and strip off all the roots.

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Im pretty sure a crayfish will not eat algae, I would try a siamese algae eater, not to be confused with chinese algae eaters or flying foxes which do not eat algae.
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