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Crayfish, Crawfish, Lobster

Anyone have exp with these in a planted tank? Will they rip it all up? I know some get big. Also I have looked on Ebay and some of the sellers do not ship them to certain states, mine is one of them. Are they just a pest like pond snails? I dont see much info about them here and it makes me think that they are best to just stay at the LFS.
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Generally it's a good idea to stay away from anything with claws, more trouble than it's worth IMO, and i know few members here had problems with those guys.
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Thanks for the info. Its just so tempting when you see those nice blue ones for sale
Just to ask, doesnt Ghost shrimp have claws on them also....
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If they are anything like yabbies (freshwater crayfish) then keep them away from planted tanks! They just cut up the plants for fun, and munch on them later.
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Check this thread of bad experience.. Such animals in your tank can be real bad. If you get the wrong ones.

Steve - 33g reef and a 180g planted in need of a re-scape.
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Check this thread of bad experience.. Such animals in your tank can be real bad. If you get the wrong ones.
Ok Scolley since time has passed are you able to laugh at this a bit more? I tell you, I think I'll start reading all of your past threads. The tank thread is a riot, but it seems now that each thread you are involved in has at least one LMAO post. Had I been drinking anything, you'd owe me a new key board Thanks!!


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Ok Scolley since time has passed are you able to laugh at this a bit more? I tell you, I think I'll start reading all of your past threads. The tank thread is a riot, but it seems now that each thread you are involved in has at least one LMAO post. Had I been drinking anything, you'd owe me a new key board Thanks!!
Yeah, I suppose some of that stuff, if read at the wrong moment - like drinking - could cause liquid to squirt out of your nose! Pretty funny really.

And yeah, thanks for asking, it's all fine now. But it was hard at the time. I mean I was real new at this, but doing pretty good - small tank, but shaping up nice, great community of really cool fish, seeming real well adjusted to their environment and - BAM! Big a** shrimp sent it all down the tubes. It was a set back. But I'm fine - as you may have seen from other threads - you got to laugh! If we lose our sense of humor, we are really in trouble!

But I digress. So yeah, people here do have shrimp, lobsters, and crawfish. But the success varies on the type you get. Be careful. Know what you are doing with those puppies before you put them in the tank.

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Thanks for all the advice! Sorry for any of the losses that may have occured from them. I will leave them to the LFS....
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possibly the coolest specimen I ever kept was a fiddler crab. He was adapted to underwater conditions, and oh man he was a freakin' riot! I may have lost a few neons to his hunting techniques (waving the larger claw in the air, waiting for a fish to swim into it!), and he certainly hogged all the food that made it to the bottom, but he was easily the most interesting fish/crustaceon I've ever kept. If you happen to see one in a LFS, I would say buy it and watch closely!

BTW, he ended his poor little life by crawling out of the tank and being attacked by the unsuspecting cat! That was a showdown for the ages to be sure.
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Now i thought fidler crabs needed some space on dry land to craw out onto to live. At least at my LFS thats how they have them.
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Crayfish/Crawfish = freshwater
Lobster = marine

Usually the "blue lobsters" you see are crayfish.

I have no experience with them at all, but I suspect there may be some types of plants you could put them in with. I would guess plants with thick stems and leaves. Wouldn't hurt to try, if you could do without the plants if it doesn't work out.
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Looking at LiveAquaria.com, I see they have two species available, Procambarus and Cherax. According to the site, Procambarus doesn't get bigger than 5 inches. That would be the one I would try, if it were me.
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the fiddler I bought was supposedly completely submerged-capable! I was astonished, but he lived well, at well, and even molted once! Although, he was always trying to get to the surface. . . .I just assumed he was very adventurous. . . :P
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Try something smaller, such as Shulfert's dwarf crayfish (C. shulferti) instead, which maxes out at 1.5".

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