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Old 07-13-2013, 10:00 PM   #1 
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Question Betta and Crawfish?

So i'm cycling a 10 gallon tank, with sand, real plants (not added in yet) So i have one betta Rubin! And i was wondering if i can add a crawfish..i saw someone had one on youtube and he said he cleaned the sand? But the thing was huge? How big do they get up to?

If anyone has other ideas for fish or buddies please let me know, i like to enjoy some more company!
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:10 PM   #2 
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Short answer is No with an exclamation mark. They will destroy your Betta with their massive claws.

If you're talking CPO (Dwarf Orange Crayfish), then "yes," you can have them. However, you will need two (sex doesn't matter) and lots of hiding places. No invert should be added to a tank until it is fully mature and at least a couple of months past cycling. I speak from experience and the first Red Cherry Shrimp I killed.

Most people kill their inverts because they add them to an uncycled tank, a newly-cycled tank, do not keep water parameters stable and do too large water changes. Most invert sites and books recommend no more than 20%. There are those who have success not doing the above but I figure better safe than sorry.

The CPOs are wonderful and fun little critters.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:19 PM   #3 
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Man, i never thought fish would swim right near their claws..but it just takes one snap right? How big do they get?
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Pretty big but it depends on source: 5"-7". I've never had them; I have CPOs.
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Sorry, i meant CPOs.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:28 PM   #6 
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Those are fine if you follow the above. It's hard to wait three months or so but well worth it.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:31 PM   #7 
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I'll have to look into it..maybe some ghost shrimp!
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:47 PM   #8 
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Ghost shrimp are inverts.
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:41 PM   #9 
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smaller the better!
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They'd have the same problem as the CPOs if you don't wait for the tank to cycle. Patience, patience.
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