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Marsha Cassada

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I got a small aquarium for Christmas. It can only support a couple of fish and some snails. I also have two teeny blue crayfish. They are the most fun to watch for. I wanted a small one to start; if we like it we can get a bigger one later. This is an acrylic bow front style; it sort of magnifies the interior. Can you see the teeny crayfish?

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That is so cool. I love fish, they are so fun to watch. Your crayfish will get much bigger, and in a heated aquarium, will turn bright blue!

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I see them!

I did not know that they could be pets, or that they were blue!

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The little crayfish are bottom feeders, so they'll help keep things clean. Wish we could have some, but we have Angel Fish, which are rather aggressive and would probably eat them!

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I lost a crayfish. I think the water was too warm. We removed the heater. Before I could get the cray out of the water the snails had tidied him up. They found him while I was staring and grieving. It's a jungle. Plan to get a turkey baster which might work better for removing small things than a net. Think I will wait to get another cray until I see how the other one gets along.

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Oh that is sad. I hope the second one does ok. We had a goldfish that lived about seven years and we lost him last summer so we bought two to replace him and they both passed away within a couple of months. I did nothing different at all, but they just did not thrive. Before that I had a bottom feeder fish, a plecto-somthing-or-other and he lived 10 years. You just never know which ones while thrive. I did not get anymore goldfish. I do miss them though.

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Sorry to hear about your crayfish. They can be tricky. With it being a new tank, the water may need time to adjust and condition with the ph, hardness and ammonia levels. They sell test kits at pet stores for those things. I like the sticky thermometers for the side of the tank so you can keep the temp regulated. Some tropical specimens are so touchy.

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I had a 150 gallon Reef Tank and 110 gallon saltwater fish tank. Shrimp and things like that was almost impossible to keep. Where everything else flourished the shrimp would die so I finally stayed away from them. Just some info from past experience.

Carol

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The woman I got the crayfish from is also trying to raise shrimp. She's having some luck, but not ready to sell yet. I doubt I will try any of those. I do like the little crays, though. A salt tank would be so cool! The marine things are so colorful.

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