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Old 05-09-2012, 05:51 AM   #1
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Whatup!
Getting sorta interested in CPO's and kinda wanna try some for my 95G. So, throw any and everything that you know at me! What parameters do they prefer, care for TDS much? Eating habits, breeding habits, general behavior? How big are the babies when they're born? What age,size are they when they're sexual mature? Will they "quarrel" with Amanos or fish?

Anything to watch out for, or to take special note of?

I know these are a ton of questions but if someone with experience could answer any of them that'd be great! As of right now apart from them being inverts, I know nada.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:59 AM   #2
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Well I think they're much easier to keep than other shrimp. I bought 14 of them recently and keep them in 3 different tanks. Didn't bother to check any parameter in any of my non-shrimp tank and they seem to live well and even molted.

My three tank has different temperature. Avg: 72, 78, and 84 F and they all live fine. As for breeding I don't know much about it yet. Finding info about CPOs is hard. They eat what my other shrimps is eating: Hikari Crab Cuisine, zucchini, pumpkin, New Life Spectrum H2O Stable Wafle.

P.S. I think I love CPOs more for their attitude. They always looking for a fight with their claws up whenever I approached. I tried picking them up fairly easy and they calmed down. It's fun getting to touch them and have them crawling all over your hand.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:15 AM   #3
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I've never kept CPOs but seeing how there are almost no threads on how to keep them alive in this section, I am going to assume they are:
1. pretty hardy and adaptable
or
2. not a whole lot of people keep them.

Sorry I am not much help!
I can help with shrimp related matters though.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:42 AM   #4
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I'm also very curious about these guys.
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Old 05-09-2012, 06:55 AM   #5
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I kept a couple and I didnt really feel thrilled by them.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:10 AM   #6
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I think they're awesome, in my high tech tank, they don't mind the high CO2 and high ferts, they climb all over the plants (today a big ludwigia had 4 of them on it, each had it's own leaf it was sitting on), they get along with my fish, and play king of the mountain on the driftwood.

Like cookie said, they don't seem to mind parameters and eat pretty much everything.

Babies pop out about the size of a 2-3 week old cherry.

Plus, they don't eat plants, that's a biggie for me, hah, most other crayfish will take down your stems like a lawn mower.
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Old 05-09-2012, 07:22 AM   #7
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Yep yep you can see claw on the tiny baby too, that's so cute.

Remember that this is crayfish they will not swim like our tiny shrimp. They walk and crawl around.

Having them for almost 2 weeks, none of my shrimps or baby fishes die yet.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:13 PM   #8
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I'm going to just jump in here, what's the best way from preventing jumpers? Did I just have bad luck before?

My LFS has them for a good price, so when my HC fills in I'm really considering one (maybe two) of these guys
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:40 PM   #9
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I've got 15 in my 220 and are doing great.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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Cpo seem to be very happy in large groups . I have had as many as 120 in a 20 long and they populated the Java moss and plants with each having their own square inch of space . Plants were the key as prior I had 5 and they did not last . The larger one constantly circled the tank I assume claiming it as her territory . I do beleive she did away with the smaller males . But I had very few plants and not much cover so I think I had a neurotic animal . Now they just sit on the moss and share the tank with Chili endlers , Gold laser Cories and Fire Red shrimp . About 50 still . A word to the wise , while they are not fast keep them away from the big fancy guppies . I had 1 I know was old in the baby cpo tank and one of them latched on to the guppy and went on a nantucket sleigh ride . Around and around the tank that tiny cray holding what had to be a giant from its perspective but the cray was fearless . Of course I removed it but did not remove the guppy and it proved its undoing . Another one joined in and the guppy must have gotten worn out towing 2 hitchhikers around and well RIP old guppy . But even with the tank full of crays they never attack endlers even the babies . I have to say they seem much more peacefull in a big group . The definately get more attention than the shrimp when I have visitors . Never had any crawl out but I keep the water an inch under the lip . They are striking especially considering their tankmates . There is some difficulty getting to keep the babies going . I have a feeling in nature they disperse and that the confines of the aquarium may just be too little room considering how often they molt and how many of the babies there are . Even with lots of cover and removing the Mother survival is minimal . But man are they fun to watch ! And the color shows up from across the room . They are super super easy and would even live in a terrarium with only a small puddle I think
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I'm going to just jump in here, what's the best way from preventing jumpers? Did I just have bad luck before?

My LFS has them for a good price, so when my HC fills in I'm really considering one (maybe two) of these guys
Put an SS mesh or larger size cut to size over the top?

You can also go to your hardware store and get a piece of glass cut for less than $7. But don't cover completely with glass
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Eh, my inner aesthete prevents me from committing such a visual atrocity

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Put an SS mesh or larger size cut to size over the top?

You can also go to your hardware store and get a piece of glass cut for less than $7. But don't cover completely with glass
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Never had a cpo jump out, maybe it climbed out?
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Eh, my inner aesthete prevents me from committing such a visual atrocity
Well I'm out of advice for such astrocity. Think of it as free crayfish meal if one or two jumped out.
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Never had a cpo jump out, maybe it climbed out?
Perhaps. I keep my water pretty high (i.e. level with the top of the tank)

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Well I'm out of advice for such astrocity. Think of it as free crayfish meal if one or two jumped out.
Lol! I may get some to try to breed on my rack. Oh, did I just say that? What rack? There's no shrimp rack. No secret shrimp rack in my closet that I am hiding for the moment...
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