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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-09-2008, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Dwarf Orange Crays & Scarlet Badis

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And now the badis. I bought 6 originally, but have lost two of them. I believe I have at least one pair, which I have moved into my 5.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank. I'm hoping someone can chime in with sexing on these guys, so I know for sure.

I believe this one is a male.




And this one is a female.



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how big do those crays get?
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Only about 1.5" max, they are tiny.

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The fish in the last pic looks kind of stressed. Is this just after adding them? How are they doing now?
Sweet crays!
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Yeah, I had just added them to the new tank. Although, that one has always looked like that, and the other one that I thought might be female looked like that also and died shortly after I got them. That one looks much better now that I switched tanks, I think it is snacking on my baby cherries. I need to find some live food for them.

They are doing much better since I added them to the 5.5 gallon cherry shrimp tank. They swim around and pick at all of the nuisance snails, and they like all of the guppy grass & moss to hide in. I still have two of them in the 20 gallon tank for now.

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In my experience female badis show practically no signs of striping.Are you sure the one is a female? I still can't help wonder if that is not just a male in stress colors. Perhaps another male is giving him a hard time.
For me, this fish has been the toughest to keep. It's a bummer, I really like them. Maybe they should not be kept in small tanks to spite their size. Some fish are just so sensitive, they need the stability a larger tank affords.
I like keeping Grindal worms as live food for my small fish. They're so easy to care for, practically smell free, and far more nutritious than some other types of live feeders.
I wanted to ask some more about the orange crayfish if I may. Are they hard to keep? What parameters,food, do they require? Can they be kept with some black morpho tetras?
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i'm about to ask the same questions too about those crays
i saw them at LFS yesterday and i hope they're not that requirement heavy like CRS.


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Had two of them before..(the Dwarf Orange Crays). One lived about 3 months and the other 4 months or so. Don't know why they died. I understand that as they get older they can loose legs when they molt. Sometimes loosing too many and death results. They need places to hide also which I didn't have. One of them had lost a claw and was in the process of growing it back (yes they can do this). Beautiful creatures though..
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