Minimum Tank Size For Single Crayfish


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Fahn

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I have a very young wild-caught crayfish that I am currently keeping in a (vacant) 5 gallon shrimp tank. I know that crayfish are opportunistic and would most likely munch on the shrimp, so I would like to give him another home. Not sure his exact variety, but was caught in a temporary pond while looking for aquarium wood.

Would a 10 gallon tank be sufficient for a single crayfish?
 

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one could live in a 10 gallon, they grow to be about 5 inches. But even then it may be a bit cramped, they could live in there. But SHOULD they live in there?
 

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Well, I'd assumed that they were a dwarf crayfish, but looking at it knowing it's a wild-caught, yes, it'll need probably a 20 gallon long.
 

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one could live in a 10 gallon, they grow to be about 5 inches. But even then it may be a bit cramped, they could live in there. But SHOULD they live in there?
I'll just return it, I think it is the Panama City crayfish, which is endangered and endemic to NW Florida scattered in a few locales near Panama City.
 

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Yeah, it's good to be careful around wild-caught. Maybe go with a dwarf variety, they'll be fine in a 10 gallon.
 
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