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Old 12-24-2011, 12:34 AM   #1
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Advice for CPOs?


Hello everyone. I am new and this is my first post.

I have been interested in CPOs for awhile, and now I finally have a chance to have them in my tank. I used to have a guppy tank, but then all of them mysteriously died. (That tank had been going strong for six months) Anyways, I was hoping that anyone with experience could help me with ideas for this tank. I was wondering what other crayfish owner have for their crays. Also, any general tips would be appreciated. I will post pictures once the tank is up an running.

The current supplies I have are:

a 25g Sea Clear tank
a heater
playsand substrate
and an aqueon quiet-flow 30 filter
(and then all of the other basic things like a water parameters test kit and such)


I am going to empty and re-cycle the tank so that whatever killed my guppies won't kill my new CPOs.

Thanks in advance everyone.

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Old 12-24-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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You must be the Grim Reaper to kill guppies. haha.
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Old 12-24-2011, 12:37 AM   #3
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lots of hiding places, they are aggressive towards eachother
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:09 AM   #4
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@MitchellLawson - I think that one of them i had bought was diseased. I only had 6-7 guppies luckily.

@mordalphus - Thanks for the tip. I will make sure that I have many hiding places.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:47 AM   #5
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Don't get them.
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Old 12-24-2011, 01:50 AM   #6
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Since you have sand, also throw in some Malaysian Trumpet Snails (MTS) to keep the sand aerated.

Not sure if you also have water dechlorinator and a test kit.
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Old 12-24-2011, 02:51 AM   #7
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Oh oops yes I already have MTS, dechlorinator, test kit... all the basic stuff.

and why not get them garfielnfish?

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Old 12-24-2011, 03:12 AM   #8
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To add to what mordalphus said... they are aggressive toward everything.

That being said, they are neat. I will not have another one again though.
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Old 12-24-2011, 03:32 AM   #9
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Thanks for the tips! I will be sure that there is enough room for them to each have a little territory.

What is the average life expectancy of a CPO?

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Old 12-24-2011, 03:38 AM   #10
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they will eat each other so space is crucial
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I think you'd wanna make sure the CPO's have enough calcium as well. As they need it more than shrimp
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Old 12-24-2011, 08:33 PM   #12
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Noted, will make sure calcium levels are good.


Thanks for the great advice everyone! this is really helping me a lot.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:04 AM   #13
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I have made all of the plans for my tank! Sadly I can't post the drawings I have made because my scanner broke.

I can post my plant list though.


These are mostly lowlight plants as I only have around .5 watts per gallon.


Java Moss

Christmas Moss

Bacopa Carolina x2

Pygmy Chain Sword

Brazilian Pennywort

Tiger Lotus (green)

Anubias Barteri var. Nana

Amazon Sword x2



Those are the plants that I am planning on now. If you have any suggestions by all means, speak up!
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:22 PM   #14
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I can tell you that if you have any degree of success with the Amazon swords they will QUICKLY outgrow a 25g tank.

I'm not telling you what to use, as they're fantastic plants, but be prepared to deal with 20 two-foot-long leaves in a matter of months.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:54 PM   #15
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I have 2 in a 10 gallon tank with a few cherry shrimp and some young gertrude rainbows. The tank is heavily planted, but they've not been even remotely aggressive toward anything but each other. Even that is minimal and more bark than bite. Sounds like I may be lucky in that regard though!

I quite enjoy mine, and really don't do anything special for them. They eat the same stuff the shrimp eat, don't mess with my plants, and are quite entertaining.
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