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Are regular old crayfish alright for a planted tank...? I know in the wild they eat plant matter, but I am not sure if their alright for my tank...
Let me know guys!
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your 55gal planted tank is off to a great start.
please don't ruin it with a crayfish who will
cut up the fin stem plants, and dig up others,
not to mention harass any bottom feeding fish.

If you want a large crustacean get either;
-Vampire Shrimp female - harmless filter feeder
-Bamboo Shrimp female - harmless filter feeder
-Thai red claw crab - harmless plant debris feeder
(but very determined tank escape a artist)

another idea is to get -African Dwarf frogs,
however they will dig under low carpet plants,
so if you are planning for that later, skip the frogs.
 

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Red Claw crabs should not be kept in a totally submerged environment, they need air like a fiddler crab.

A good choice for a cray would be a dwarf. I keep probably 6 in my 80 gallon and they do well with the fish and plants. Every once in a while my angel
"thumps" a brave one, but its a harmless exchange.

The big crays will dig up your plants more than likely and they will definitely eat your fish.
 

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I had one for 3mths and almost killed 2 fish and dug up my plants to eat the roots. It was cool but he is now gone. I have to much $$ invested to see him eat them all up. I have to say no.
 

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This is what you do with crayfish...
1. Pot w/ boiling water.
2. Cajun seasoning.
3. Potatoes, carrots, lemons.
4. Boil for 2 minutes.
5. Ice bath for 10 minutes.
6. Enjoy with a cold beer.
 

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This is what you do with crayfish...
1. Pot w/ boiling water.
2. Cajun seasoning.
3. Potatoes, carrots, lemons.
4. Boil for 2 minutes.
5. Ice bath for 10 minutes.
6. Enjoy with a cold beer.
Need to boil for little more time thin that like 7-8min thin there good :drool:.
 

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Whats the reasoning for wanting a female shrimp?
I have both and have noticed no difference in behavior or anything.

Tell the difference easily by the front legs. Males have honking big ones.

Male:


Female:



PS: wood shrimp = bamboo shrimp
 
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