Blue Lobster Tank/gravel Question

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1)i have a 20 gallon tank i'm currently cycleing and thinging of putting a blue crayfish in it but its not a long 20 gallon tank its just a regular tank can i still put my blue lobster in there or do i need a long tank cause the lobster cant have that much water over its head

2)how many inch's of gravel should i put in the tank? i heard these guys like to burry themselves in the gravl/sand
 

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The issue with the 20 high is that it has a smaller footprint and crayfish use the footprint of the tank, not the water column. The depth isn't really the issue. They don't go to the surface for air. But you need to have air and movement in the tank in the form of an air stone.

A larger footprint would be better if you can do it.
 
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bizaliz3 said:
The issue with the 20 high is that it has a smaller footprint and crayfish use the footprint of the tank, not the water column. The depth isn't really the issue. They don't go to the surface for air. But you need to have air and movement in the tank in the form of an air stone.

A larger footprint would be better if you can do it.
so do you think i can put a blue crayfish in my high 20 gallon? or should i invest in a long 20 gallon tank? i was also thinking about putting in some step things ive seen in some tanks to give them some more room to walk around, id basically be creating more room to walk around by using the middle portion of my tank. i hope you understand what im saying lol
 

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anthony DiMezza said:
so do you think i can put a blue crayfish in my high 20 gallon? or should i invest in a long 20 gallon tank? i was also thinking about putting in some step things ive seen in some tanks to give them some more room to walk around, id basically be creating more room to walk around by using the middle portion of my tank. i hope you understand what im saying lol
I totally understand what you are saying. I did the same when I was breeding dwarf crayfish. Lots of tall wood and rocks and things for them to crawl all over. Giving them more "space" sort of.

Just make sure the stuff doesn't get too tall and make sure all openings are covered or he may very easily escape. That goes for any tank size.

If you can afford a 20 long. I think he would appreciate that. But I also think you could give him a nice environment in the 20high.
 
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bizaliz3 said:
I totally understand what you are saying. I did the same when I was breeding dwarf crayfish. Lots of tall wood and rocks and things for them to crawl all over. Giving them more "space" sort of.

Just make sure the stuff doesn't get too tall and make sure all openings are covered or he may very easily escape. That goes for any tank size.

If you can afford a 20 long. I think he would appreciate that. But I also think you could give him a nice environment in the 20high.
yeah i heard they are great escape artist and dont do so well out of water so ill make sure to close all opening. i think im going to try my 20 high and see how that works and just invest in some things he can use in the middle portion of my tank. thank you bizaliz3 i really appreciate it. i was afraid that it would be too much water over his head and could drown. one more question for you, when i do get my blue cray should i do that thing where you hold him upside down and rock him for a few minutes before putting him in the tank? i know your only suppose to do that if they are out of water for a long period of time but since id probably get him shipped to me he wont be in a lot of water and then id be putting him in a 20 gallon high tank and i feel like if i put him right in he might drown
 
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