Finally got back into aquariums.

  1. allaboutfish

    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    So I used to have tanks ranging from 10 gallons to 120 gallons but when I moved out of my moms house I had to sell them all, but I finally decided to dive back in and I did so with a 10 gallon. I had a hard time deciding what to stock it with until I saw the tag for dwarf orange crayfish and got so excited. Well sadly they did not have any and weren't going to get any in so I decided to get a small blue crayfish with the intention of upgrading if I feel he has outgrown the 10 gallon. So as of now I'm stocking the tank with the crayfish and some guppies ( I figure the guppies are pretty quick and I'm thinking of letting them breed, but I've heard that crayfish won't actually hunt the fish so they may overpopulate pretty quickly opinions?) Well here are some pictures. I do need some advice on plants. The tank came with leds which j don't even know if they can grow plants but I was gonna try maybe some anachoris or aponogeton or maybe get some of those lily bulbs. I'm also going to get some type of floating plant but I haven't decided on what I want just yet either. Some anubias will definitely be happening and I'm planning on a moss ball for the crayfish to push around.
    Well here it is. Suggestions are welcome!
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  2. bizaliz3

    bizaliz3 Fishlore Legend Member

    beautiful crayfish :) great tank too!

    Regarding the plants, your crayfish is just going to uproot them and tear them apart...so you're not going to have much luck with plants unfortunately. A Moss ball to "push around"? Hardly! My crayfish completely demolished a mossball. Lol

    I also think you're right about the guppies overpopulating....
     
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    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    Yea I've heard they like plants but not all do so we will see. I can atleast have some floaters.
     


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  5. j

    jpm995 Well Known Member Member

    Tank looks good but i think you need some vertical interest [tall piece of wood]. I would think in such a small tank the crayfish may eat the guppies.
     
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    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    I do have the one tall piece of wood do you mean more vertical interest?. I've read that the crayfish really only eat dead fish that they're primarily scavengers.
     
  7. Mifuluhu

    Mifuluhu Well Known Member Member

    I've had blue crawfish with fish and you are fine so long as he is well fed. But he will destroy live plants. The dwarf oranges are the only Crays I have heard can be with live plants. I've been trying to find them to no avail!
     
  8. j

    jpm995 Well Known Member Member

    I ment something that runs from the bottom to near the top of the tank on the right side to give the tank a balanced look. A tall plant would look good but i guess that won't work with the crayfish.
     
  9. Mifuluhu

    Mifuluhu Well Known Member Member

    Maybe try some floating plants like elodea that don't root or even surface plants like Frogbit with roots growing down.....he won't bother them I bet.
     
  10. Anders247

    Anders247 Fishlore Legend Member

    The crayfish will definitely eat the guppies, all the crayfish I have had, even though I fed them regularly, actively hunted down the fish in the tank.
    Btw, welcome back!