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Old December 11th 03, 12:14 AM
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I was in the LFS the other day and saw for the first time these little
blue lobsters hanging out in one of their freshwater tanks. Thinking
they would be an interesting addition to my tank, I did a little
research on them, but I have some specific questions I haven't found
answers to (didn't ask at the LFS since I don't particularly trust
their answers).

How well will one of these creatures do with other bottom dwellers?
My plecostomus is about 3 inches long so he's probably ok. The other
bottom dweller is my albino catfish, and he's only about 1 1/2". Will
he be lobster fodder? Are these novelty additions or an actual good
thing to add to a tank? I had never seen them before and I've never
seem them in anybodies home tank.

The other fish in my tank are a couple of angelfish, some red minor
tetras, and some juvenile swordtails. They hang toward the bottom at
night, should I be concerned for their safety as well?

Anybody got a pointer to a good web site for more info (I haven't been
able to find more than a couple of sentences at places I've checked).


Crayfish will eat anything they can grab and hold onto. My fellow is in
with a Red-Tailed Black Shark, 2 Chinese Algae Eaters and numerous feeder
guppies. The feeder guppies were bought to feed him if caught, but to tell
you the truth I have no idea if he does because the way that they multiply!
My larger CAE has a piece missing out of his tail, so I think that he might
of been grabbed, but scooted away. I really like him, but I wouldn't be
able to put him in my community tank for the fear of what he could do to my
corys as he's about 5 inches long. Crayfish have their place as scavengers
and plus they really get attention when someone sees them in your tank. On
another note, I don't think you could keep them in a planted aquarium as it
would destroy and uproot anything. Mine takes pleasure in moving the
plastic plants around and can rip the leaves off them as well. If you do go
for a crayfish make sure you have a cave or two for them to hid in, they
also prefer cooler water.
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