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Hungry hungry crayfish

First time poster and wanted to run something by you guys. I have a heavily planted 29 gallon tank with mostly cabomba. Very easy plant to grow and clone except for this crayfish that gets his kicks tearing up the place. I love the plants and the Cray so I've been brainstorming solutions. First thought was dividing the tank. That would obviously work but it would take away from the whole eco system I want. Here's my new thought.I ordered plastic quarter holders on Amazon. They are 3 inches long and I'm hoping they will provide a nice barrier from the Cray. The cabomba will be able to grow way higher anyways and I think the roots won't be impeded too much. Thoughts?
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I've never had good luck with crayfish in planted tanks, but lots of people do.

Obviously keeping them well fed is the most important thing, and I've heard that providing them with a cave or somewhere to hide keeps them less aggressive towards other plants and fish.

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The standard crayfish is always going to wreak havoc on a planted tank. Anyone who disagrees I'd like them to post an actual picture of the tank to prove it.

IMO, the "barrier" is a waste of time & money. Unless you cut off it's legs, a crayfish should easily be able to scale the wall.

The crayfish I've owned have stripped several branches that was completely covered in moss, completely BARE.

Even Amano shrimps will eat plants & fissidens if they can't find enough food.

Unless you have no life & can feed every 12 hours, crayfish will always be on the hunt for decaying matter & will gladly devour plants if it can get a hold of some.
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CPOs are plant safe. Expensive though.


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and prone to random quick death
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and prone to random quick death
I heard that. I hear they like hard water so when you do a water change and hardness is off, they'd die and they're sensitive to ammonia & nitrite.
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