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Re: NFC: RE: crayfish tank
As a child I literally spent 90% of my time in the Sacramento area roadside
ditches catching crayfish, gambusia and sunfish.
There was a man who would come by and pay me 2 or 3 dollars for every bucket
of crayfish I could catch.
I think my parents benefited less from my captures since sometimes I would
drop specimens in their 55 gallon tropical fish tank...next thing you know
gambusia would be nipping the others fins. the crayfish would eat the plants
and it would force us to go pick out all new fish at least three times a
At one time we had 6 freshwater and 2 saltwater tanks in my house. Rainy
weekends and Sunday afternoons we ALWAYS visited the Local Fish Stores,
making a day of it
I still find crayfish some of the most interesting creatures out there, that
is why I know so much about them. :)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Sachs" <deano at leading_net>
To: <nfc at actwin_com>
Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2000 7:33 AM
Subject: RE: NFC: RE: crayfish tank
> Well, there ya go... :) Chuck... ( I shouldn't have used the word Lay...
> that is not so.. as Christian has pointed out)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-nfc at actwin_com [mailto:owner-nfc at actwin_com]On Behalf Of
> Christian Reynolds
> Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 11:30 PM
> To: nfc at actwin_com
> Subject: Re: NFC: RE: crayfish tank
> When crayfish are carrying their eggs they are said to be "in berry" they
> will carry them until they hatch this way. The female crayfish cannot use
> her tail to swim, so they don't generally venture far from their "home"
> As far as I know all crayfish have similar breeding habits.
> -Christian Reynolds
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Paul Sachs" <deano at leading_net>
> To: <nfc at actwin_com>
> Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 9:59 PM
> Subject: RE: NFC: RE: crayfish tank
> > I don't know about all the species of crayfish :) But, I'd imagine
> > you describe would either have a second entrance to the water, or
> > out (crayfish - Procambarus clarki) which they do regularly from pond to
> > pond. The babies are hatched in the hole, and allowed to mature... then
> > they come out. So, a female would not necessarily go in the hole until
> > eggs are ready to hatch.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: owner-nfc at actwin_com [mailto:owner-nfc at actwin_com]On Behalf Of
> > CEFCHURCH at aol_com
> > Sent: Saturday, April 01, 2000 7:48 PM
> > To: nfc at actwin_com
> > Subject: Re: NFC: RE: crayfish tank
> > In a message dated 4/1/00 4:57:51 PM US Central Standard Time,
> > deano at leading_net writes:
> > << The lay their eggs when the season is dry and the water levels
> > then
> > they burrow into the bank / bottom, and lay eggs. The eggs hatch in
> > hole (with water in it) and the babies come out when the water rises...
> > (standard formula for raising them is draining pond to low levels for
> > production.) >>
> > It was a few decades ago, but I caught crayfish with masses of eggs
> > their tail. Is what you describe different or did I just catch them
> > them entering their hole?
> > Does the water have to rise to the level of the hole entrance? If so, do
> > they
> > have different holes for breeding? Or is this dependent on the species
> > crayfish?
> > The reason I ask this is that my parents live on high ground above a
> > stream. The high ground has large numbers of crayfish hole entrances.
> > ground is too high to flood though the soil is poor enough a heavy rain
> > build up in the clay and raise the water level temporarily.