Wild Crayfish As Pets???

Discussion in 'Crayfish - Crawfish' started by ThePetPavilion, Aug 11, 2019.

  1. ThePetPavilion

    ThePetPavilionValued MemberMember

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    We have crayfish in our stream that are about 2ish inches. I just realized that people keep them as pets. They are brown and in PA. I was wondering how to care for them: acclimation, tank size, compatibility, temps, food? Can they eat aquatic frog and tadpole food?
     
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    acclimation would be the hardest since you'd have to gather water from the stream at first so you could slowly adjust it to cleaner and cleaner water. As adults you'll want them in a 20 long or 29 gallon at least, they're compatible with most fish and even larger catfish will be fine on the bottom with them. They have a super big temp range of 65-82, they'll eat just about anything they can get on the bottom, including live plants.
     
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    Mine always escaped.
     
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    Okay, thanks so much!!! I don't have any live plants. Only have up to a 10g, could I house them in that just for a little while so that I can watch them for like a month. I have platies, swordtails, guppies, catfish, and a betta. Plus snails and ghost shrimp.
     
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    I wouldn't, even if you plan on just releasing it back, you'd have to reacclimate it to the stream and it would be lacking in its scavenging skills compared to to ones that have been there.
     
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    I agree, if you don't have a way to keep them long term I wouldn't bring them in. The stress involved in that kind of change is huge.
     
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    Okay, I won't try it.
     
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    Also you might get hungry and boom they are all gone.
     
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