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    Hi guys,

    I'm planning to keep this species in the future...
    - how big of the tank needed to keep 6pc of them?
    - what's the waterparameter require?
    - what kind of food to feed?(can I use shrimp food?)
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    Hi,
    I also keep this species. Although they are reported to be rather peaceful don't underestimate their aggressiveness. They try to establish their one terretory and the largest adult specimen can even kill juveniles if the tank is too small. Others just loose their legs, antennas etc.

    So one option would be to put them in a too small tank. This way there would be a constant fight and they might not be able to establish a terretory. I would not advise to do so as it can result in the loss of several specimen.

    An adult CPO needs at least 25cm x 25cm of space and several places to hide. So I would try to use a 100cm x 50cm for 6 of them with lots of places to hide. It might sound like a large tank for such a small crayfish but when they start to breed you will need the space.

    They are not that sensitive to the physical water parameters like GH and pH. Ideal would be pH of 7 till 8 and some noticable carbonate hardness as a buffer. All in all the water should have same quality as for shrimps (no nitrite, low nitrate, no copper etc.). For more details see this article: http://www.shrimpnow.com/content.php...arensis-orange

    You can feed them with shrimp food. By the way, don't keep them with shrimps or fishes which rest at night (e.g. guppies) because they go hunting for them. An adult can kill a guppy of the same size and will do so when he gets the chance. So they also like live and dead fishes or shrimps. But I wouldn't keep their diet too protein-rich. A protein-rich diet can cause water and growth problems.

    best regards,
    Robert

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    CPOs eat dwarf shrimp? Sorry, I only own shrimp, don't have any CPOs.

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