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filtering my new cray tank?

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#1 Guest_jacksmelt_*

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:13 AM

hey folks! i had to move my cray from my 55 gal. as she was tearing up my plants too much. i placed her in a 5 gal. w/ a bubbler and some fake plants w/ gravel substrate. i put some fish tank water in for the beneficial bactiria. should i have a filtration system in there as well? is it even necessary? thanks for your input.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:32 AM

Yes you'll need filtration, Crayfish can be killed by ammonia buildup just like any other fish. Talking from experience since I use a 5 gallon tank for young crayfish keep an eye on the tank. Because it is only 5 gallons it will get dirty a lot faster then a larger tank.

#3 Guest_jacksmelt_*

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 11:39 AM

thanks david. thats what i figured.

#4 Guest_Subrosa_*

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:07 PM

Fish water does not contain the bacteria you want. They live on surfaces, not in the water column. Putting a handful of gravel from the old tank will do much more than the water did.

#5 Guest_jacksmelt_*

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 02:16 PM

i did one better. i rinsed out one of my filters into the tank. should do the job.

#6 Guest_Subrosa_*

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 06:45 PM

Yes it will.

#7 Guest_Guba_*

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 11:01 AM

The choice of filtration is up to you jack as there are many types of filter options. But I would recommend staying away from sponge filters in a crayfish tank as the crayfish will eventually pick apart the sponge. Just my experience...

#8 Guest_gzeiger_*

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 05:55 AM

It'll take them a long time to do that. I would actually recommend a sponge if you're intending to raise babies, as they will crawl everywhere and tend to get caught in pump intakes.

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