Any ideas of what my crayfish might like?

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I have a Dwarf Mexican crayfish in a 10 gallon. I’m trying a vegetable one day and meat the next day diet. The fist vegetable fedding was when I just got Him and he ate zucchini I tried to give it to him 2 days later but he didn’t eat it. I’m guessing he only ate it because he was hungry. What vegetables do you think I should try?
 
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Should I feed more meat or vegetable

I tried lettuce but he didn’t like it. Should I try something sweet maybe?

How do i know if crayfish is eating enough
 

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If you're feeding it meat regularly, it will ignore vegetables.
In the wild, crayfish are omnivores with a heavy focus on vegetable matter and scavenged decaying animal matter infrequently.
I'd say feed it meat once a week at most, maybe every two weeks even depending on who else is in the tank.

What's more important to make sure it's eating is food rich in iodine. Algae wafers or foods like bugbite flakes with spirulina should be enough. Without enough iodine, your crayfish will experience troubles molting. It's absolutely essential he gets enough in his diet!
 

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Feed mine peas, carrot, corn. Mainly protein pellets or algae wafers most days, and a small piece of earthworm once a week.
Some nights they just don't eat.
 
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qldmick said:
Feed mine peas, carrot, corn. Mainly protein pellets or algae wafers most days, and a small piece of earthworm once a week.
Some nights they just don't eat.
Hmm. I will try carrot but my crayfish didn’t like the algae wafers I gave him.
 

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My crays eat lettuce, spinach, cucumber, banana (not recommended), broccoli, bell pepper, watermelon (their favorite), carrots, peas, green beans, celery (particularly the parts with leaves) water spangles, etc. supplemented by wafers. They really like watermelon, bell pepper, celery with leaves, and any leafy green. They also love the water spangles and will devise ways to climb to the surface to reach up and eat them. Broccoli was eaten eventually, but all of the buds were eaten first. They like banana, but that is a mess to do, so they don’t get that anymore. The other foods are eaten, but not consistently all the time when they are offered.

My crayfish aren’t the same species as yours, but the diets should be similar. I would be sure to get at least one good quality invert pellet/wafer. I offer protein in that form, personally, and try to have a fairly decomposition-resistant veggie in there at all times (may need replaced at times, but this method works for me because I massively overfilter). Sometimes they like to wait for the food to soften up before eating it. Also, the cray will sometimes stop eating a few days before a molt.
 

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These are from one of the big South East Queensland dams in Australia where redclaw crayfish have been introduced. I Usually use some kind of fish, heads or frames etc. but other people swear buy and only use rockmelon or par boiled potatoes.
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Hi! I have 4 Mexican dwarf crayfish in a 15 gallon ( it’s my grow out tank but their permanent home ) along with a electric blue gold Dempsey fry . I feed them Hikari bottom sinking pellets and I feed my fry tiny frozen blood worms which my crayfish occasionally get when I drop a few too many . I also feed them small bits of Hikari carnivore pellets. I’ve had these crayfish for about 4 months now.
 

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