NANFA-- Crawdad

Garry & Giselle (
Sat, 26 Jan 2002 16:55:01 -0500

Hi guys:

I noticed a note from somebody asking about their experiences with
crayfish and thought I might add my 2 cents worth. I got the notion to
add some crayfish to my tank for the purpose of doing a little house
cleaning on the bottom. One small problem. When I added about 4 or 5 of
them to my tank, they barely made it to the bottom without being eaten,
by my 4 Ambloplites rupestris. I've heard that this is one of their
favourite foods. Ha! Anyway, the crawdads immediately went into hiding
and that is basically where they stayed. So much for putting them to
work. They disappeared one by one and I figured that they just got eaten
when they ventured out. I took last remaining one and tossed it into a
smaller tank with smaller fish in it. Now, this one is happily motoring
around whenever he/she pleases and has no fear of the smaller fishes.
They are indeed amazing creatures. It is interesting to watch them move
enormous amounts of gravel and to watch them eat.
Rich Butts, if you want to discuss crayfish off list, feel free to
e-mail me.

Garry Heinlein
Ottawa, Canada

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