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Re: NFC: crayfish in Adopt-A-Tank

They do need their salad with their steak. The next
one you might try some of those sinking tabs for
plecos. They are mostly spirulina.

You didnt say how large but age is questionable, they
can live a lot longer then most are able to in the
wild. Could have picked up an infection following

--- CEFCHURCH at aol_com wrote:
> The crayfish in one of my Adopt-A-Tank's died.  The
> library staff, being the 
> kind, sensitive folks they are, are concerned it was
> due to insufficient care 
> or diet.  Comments on the set up appreciated.
> - 10 gallon aquarium, natural ambient lighting only,
> undergravel filter.  A 
> few duckweed on surface.  
> - Diet was canned crab, canned tuna, frozen peas and
> a couple times a week I 
> threw in some live daphnia and moina.  A couple
> times I threw in small pieces 
> of dried cat food.  Also had just put in some dark
> green lettuce.  For some 
> reason, it did not seem to be particularly
> interested in the dried shrimp the 
> NFC Breeders Club so kindly donated.  I think I will
> also supplement its diet 
> with an occasional earthworm in the future.  Would a
> little dried fish food 
> be of any benefit?  The staff seems focused on
> insufficient diet as the 
> cause.  
> -  It had just shed its skin a couple of weeks prior
> and behavior seemed 
> normal until about 48 hours before it died.  Then it
> became inactive and sat 
> on top of its tail.  
> - Since there was only one, I did not provide hiding
> places but that did not 
> seem to bother it.  When I catch another, I will
> arrange hiding places this 
> time.  The theory being if it gets nervous and can
> hide as it does in nature. 
>  If it feels comfortable, it will come out.  
> It was pretty large as Indiana crayfish go and I am
> guessing therefore pretty 
> old.  
> Any help appreciated.  
> Chuck Church
> Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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