HELP, mexican orange crayfish

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SanDiegoRedneck

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Someone locally wants to trade me a few Mexican orange crayfish for my shrimp. These guys look super cool.

Anyone here keep them?
Pros
Cons

I have empty 10gal I can use

Or should I pass?

I can Google about them but seeing if anyone on here has them.
 

Mhamilton0911

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I had a dwarf cray years ago, as I remember, they will catch and eat most anything it can, so no shrimp in the tank, unless your feeding it.
 

jkkgron2

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Make sure that only 1 is a male. A 10g might not be enough territory space for two males.

Pros:
Look cool
Easy to keep
Don’t need large tanks

Cons:
Destroy plants
Can be risky to have with fish or shrimp (I got lucky)
And this is probably something I did wrong but mine died of a molt issue at a pretty young age.
 

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Pros: Fun to watch and aesthetically pleasing, compact size, has been safe with adult neos and plants

Cons: Might try to escape, mine appears to have been killing snails and will probably eat baby neos
 

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I’ve kept two, one previously and one currently.

The one I kept before was in a 10g community that had some guppies. He was quite the character. I remember he would steal food right out of a fish’s mouth if he wanted to. He would also pinch fish if they got too close. It was my mistake for getting him at a time when I was so inexperienced. I noticed 2 guppies had shredded tails and were acting lethargic, but wasn’t sure about the cause. Finally, the the third time around I saw that my dwarf crayfish had grabbed my guppy by his tail and was trying to drag him into a cave. I saved the guppy and rehomed the dwarf crayfish as at the time I was inexperienced and lacked resources for another tank.

The one I keep currently is a female. I only got her because she was kept in the store in a nano tank (I’m not sure the exact size, but it looked to be quite small, maybe 4 gallons) with several small fish (an ember tetra, a cardinal tetra, some type of dwarf danio, and another fish I can’t remember. The tank was awful, but that’s besides the point) and she had been in there for nearly 3 months. I thought she may work out in my 36g community if she was coexisting with these fish, and if not I now have the resources to set up a separate tank for her. She also didn’t seem to be doing too well so I felt bad for her.

I’ve barely had her a month so I can’t say much as to if this will work long-term, but so far she’s been very peaceful. If fish are near her, she will wait for them to move before going her own way. I’ve never seen her pinch a fish or even do a defensive display.

I haven’t owned enough of them to say if gender plays a part in aggression, but I will say it’s all dependent on their personality. Still, they’re great little creatures that are worth caring for
 
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