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Blue Crayfish in Cichlid tank??

Postby kipper » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:21 pm

Hello.. I was wondering if you can add a blue crayfish with africans... or will they kill it? I have heard 2 sides.. One was they will kill the crayfish everytime because its like food to them or... will the crayfish kill the fish? :-?
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Postby Nathan43 » Wed Jul 30, 2008 2:24 pm

I have one with a couple severums, HRP's, 2 yo yo's, a jewel, and a firemouth and no one seems to bother it. It is only about 3 inches now which is the average size of the fish. But this combination has only been going a couple months now. I will get back to you as time progresses.
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Postby css virginia » Wed Jul 30, 2008 3:23 pm

Isn't the Blue Crayfish the more costly one..??..at least from what I have seen in the LFS they were..!! I wouldn't place a costly one in a cichlid tank--They crayfish that I have purchased were $1.49--1.69 for each one and I have bought a number of them-some escaped-others were..well...you know... :( ..Only one has--survived-- :o--and is now appx. 6 inches in length and in my 125g. tank. (was appx. 1.5" when bought)
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Postby TheFishGuy » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:10 pm

The crayfish will kill and eat what it can if it's large, but when it molts it's irresistable to cichlids and they will enjoy eating him.

So in short, no :)
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Postby Nathan43 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:23 pm

If there is enough caves for him to do that, would it be okay?
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Postby TheFishGuy » Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:35 pm

Here's the thing about cichlids. They're adaptive,persistent, smart, and stubborn. Would want to try and hide from something with those characteristics? It's just not a good idea. Give the crayfish his own small tank with lots of hiding spots and you'll be much happier for it. :)
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Postby Toby_H » Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:21 pm

Fish don't have a whole lot of entertainment in an aquarium... and there isn't much that is more entertaining to a Cichlid than hunting a possible meal...

Like TFG said... they are adaptive, persistent, smart, and stubborn... And I would like to add bored...

I wouldn't trust a crayfish around my smaller/younger fish... and I wouldn't trust the rest of my fish around an expensive crayfish...
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Postby Nathan43 » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:37 am

Makes sense, If I put him in my ten gallon convict fry tank, would that be sufficient? That way if he eats them, no biggie.
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Postby kipper » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:59 pm

So..the general thought on this is...give him his own tank? I was hoping they could live happly together lol I just wanted to have a little something different of that type in the tank also. The cichlids are great! very pretty just kinda boring lol. :?
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Postby tonyh67 » Sat Aug 02, 2008 5:35 pm

Is this what you're talking about: http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/prod ... catid=1641. I've been thinking about putting one of these in with my Africans.
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Postby kipper » Sun Aug 03, 2008 6:29 pm

Your link didn't work.. If your talking about a blue lobster or blue crayfish either one.. The africans will kill it most likley. I tried he last for one day......!
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Postby ashilli48 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 7:33 pm

Usually the sites trying to sell you a blue cray or lobster will say it is docile and won't attack.

My basic experience: the lobster will hunt the fish while they sleep. The fish will hunt the lobster while he sleeps and or molts.

There is also the boredom and the mob mentality. My Afircans have always slaughtered anything that gets picked on and runs. They are like Dobermans, chase (and maul if you have a BAD dog :) ) anything that runs.
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Postby goldtopper » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:48 am

Put him in with a puffer and watch the gladiators battle!
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Postby ashilli48 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 8:47 pm

Back before I knew what I was doing (still a topic of debate :) ) I kept a crayfish in with a mixed Malawi tank. One day I was at my favorite LFS and just had to have a figure eight and a spotted puffer. Well in they went with the Mbunas, etc. (clueless) Not 8 hours went by before one of the puffers got a little too close to the crayfish doing his best Danielson Karate Kid pose, and wham, suddenly the puffer is flying around the tank with the crayfish completely wrapped around him. Well this sent the Malawis into a frenzy. Well it was mayhem for about a minute or so until I sent the wrestlers back to their corners.

Then I found cichlid-forum and learned better how to act as a fishkeeper! LOL!
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Postby MetalHead06351 » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:11 pm

The cichlids are great! very pretty just kinda boring lol.

Depending on the size of your tank, you could try something from the polypterus family. Very entertaining and unique, but the smaller ones still get a foot long.
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