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  1. The Bichir isn’t very aggressive at all, just hungry all the time. The CA cichlids on the other hand can be a little feisty
  2. It’s a Senegal Bichir (max size 20”) but still yes it would need to be a bigger fish. I don’t plan on keeping all of those fish together full grown, as they get to big for the tank I’ll rehome them. Yes, right now I supplement my bristlenose with algae wafers and rapashy, he will eat a little bit of the food left behind but not much.
  3. I have a pleco in there for algae, this is mostly for eating food that gets to the bottom, and I’ve heard that eartheaters wouldn’t fair well with my cichlids
  4. I have a 90g with CA cichlids and a Bichir. I like to feed very heavy in my tanks and let Ramshorn and MTS clean up afterwards, but my fish will suffer no snail to live in this tank. What would a good bottom feeder be for this set up? Not trying to replace tank maintenance or anything, just someone who will help clean up a little bit and will stand up to the aggression. I was thinking a striped Raphael or a red tail shark but don’t know if either are good bottom feeders.
  5. -Unless your tap has really high ammonia or nitrates or something like that don’t see any purpose in using R/O water for your tank, it’s more expensive and doesn’t have the minerals you need, tap with a water conditioner will probably be easier and cheaper for you. -you said your new to the hobby, are you familiar with cycling your tank and are you sure it was cycled before you added fish? -Do you have anything in your tank like driftwood that could be lowering your pH?
  6. I do t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard that even when their bodies grows h is stunted, their internal organs continue to grow, which can cause internal issues.
  7. Antlers actual arnt horns, which are made from keratin, they are mostly solid bone, which is mostly calcium Wow never knew that, thanks for the heads up
  8. I responded to a wreck the other night where some lady hit and killed an 8-point buck. I cut the antlers off to bring home to my dog, but I’ll probably cut off the pointy tips. Anyone ever put antlers in an aquarium to add calcium and raise pH? Would this work long term?
  9. This article on lake Malawi cichlids randomly popped up on my google news. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26166-2 The title is “Mapping epigenetic divergence in the massive radiation of Lake Malawi cichlid fishes”
  10. I moved with my tank last year and it was only about 2 minutes down the road, but the tank was by far the most stressful part of the move, and I honestly would t do it again. In my opinion it would be way less stressful to just sell/regime your fish and restock at your new home. The water also could be very different from what you currently have and your fish may not fair well in it anyway. Of course this is just my $.02 and it depends on how attached you are to your specific fish. I wouldn’t give up my dog to make moving easier.
  11. You are correct That’s a good point. Tail docking and ear clipping is done all the time for no reason other than aesthetics, however they were originally done to prevent working dogs from getting injuries. Herding dogs would often get broken tails from being stepped on, and guarding dogs would often get torn ears from squabbles with each other or from protecting their flock from predators, which is how these practices came to be. Was it cruel then, is it cruel now?
  12. I think this also brings up a good debate for what is and isn’t animal cruelty. If someone where to rip of a crayfish’s arm for fun then I would definitely call that cruel. If some scientist was studying crayfish regeneration and removed an arm to study its molting and regrowth process I don’t think I would call that cruel. I also keep chickens and I clip their wings every year. This is a removal of one of their appendages which greatly restricts their movement and decreases their chance for survival should a predator come in my yard and attack them (and I have lost a whole flock to a raccoon before) however since I live in a suburban environment it is essential to keep my chickens in my yard and away from cars, dogs, etc. On the other hand I have two indoor cats who drive me crazy tearing up my furniture and walls, however I would never declaw them because I have heard it is very painful and the pain can last for months. This may go into pets vs livestock and if one has any intrinsic value over the other. I am very against people keeping pet fish in poor conditions. For example if your favorite fish is a red tail catfish and you go buy that 4” fry as a pet from the local chain store for $10 and force it to live a miserable existence in a 150g tank then I would call that cruel. If you however want to keep it as a livestock fish and buy that same little guy and keep him in your 150g until he outgrows it and then cook him up for dinner, I would have no problem with that. Going back to the crayfish, it is a feeder crayfish. I would say most of us, whether we realize it or not, think of our fish that we keep as pets and fish we use as feeders as livestock. I have never felt cruel about feeding live minnows to my Bichir and I would bet if Mr. Crayfish could choose between living a peaceful life in my 90g at the cost of two thumbs or being torn apart by a hungry Fahaka Puffer, he would go with the former. I’d like to hear other peoples thoughts on this.
  13. For the record I’m not dead set on trying to make sure I can put a crayfish in my tank. If it doesn’t work it doesn’t work and that’s fine. This was more out of curiosity after having read on another forum of people doing this and claiming success, and like most people here it sounded like a bad idea to me but I want to get other opinions. The two major points they made were that the appendage does grow back (one guy claimed the thumb grows back one each molt) and that as Biotope mentioned many crayfish will intentionally throw a claw if it becomes a hinderance or to avoid danger, which they also took to mean the crayfish would be unlikely to feel pain at the loss of the appendage since its biology is designed to lose and regrow them (not sure if there is anyway to prove this though) The other big point being that the big claw is not essential for the crawfish if it doesn’t need to hunt/fight for territory/defend from predators, which it would not need to do in an aquarium. I would guess that a lot of people would make a quality of life argument and say something along the line of “you don’t need your thumbs to service either but I bet you like having them” however I’m not sure the crayfish has enough intelligence to actually realize a quality of life change as long as it can still eat, stay healthy, and remain unstressed without them.
  14. For reference dethumbing is the process of removing the hinged part of the claw so that it only has one of the “scissor blades”. And the large claws to my knowledge are not used for feeding with the exception of catching live prey which one in an aquarium would not need to do. That being said I was not planning on going this route unless someone with actual experience can tell me it has no negative effects for the crayfish. If I find any good information on this topic I’ll post it here if anyone is curious.
  15. My LFS started carrying cheap feeder crayfish and I thought one might be cool in my tank, but I wouldn’t want to risk it going after fish. I’ve heard some people dethumb crayfish to avoid this but I don’t know much about it. Does anyone know is it easy? Do they grow back? Is it cruel for the crayfish? Will it negatively effect the Crayfishes health?
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