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unfortunately this all in one tank had a decent gap across the back that i didnt think about. well 2 got out the other night, and one of those died, the only male. ok so he has been replaced now and have worked something out to stop it happening again.


here's the whole tank its a bit strange having fake plants but real ones would just get eaten. tried to give them as much cover as possible.


given their first lot of veggies, their loving it!


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Update, one females shell never hardened and accidently got crushed handling it still soft a week after molt.

I now have 1m (who has 1 half size claw growing back after an attack during molt) and two females, 1 molted in the first week and has a reasonably hard shell now.

I decided that coral sand would be a better option for their shells and 5.5kg coral sand arrived yesterday.

Due to attacks by each other during molts I've added as many hides as I possibly can, 4 clay caves/logs, 4 natural wood logs and 8 fake plants(the crays will eat live plants).

Looking pretty chokers so here's some pics.












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Current pic of the second female to lay, a bit behind the first.


Couldn't help myself, had fold up aquaculture tanks packed away in the garage from when I used to breed. Just goota sell my gym to make up for the space I'm taking.

Here's the two females just released into the big tank,



And the tank its self,



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Big thanks to aquaholics for this 150cm Dymax REX Planted LED, its super bright and with a little help perfect size for the tank.

Now everything's ready for the babies, kinda wish I wasn't going away tomorrow but there enough hides, elodea weighed down on the bottom to chew on and the adults will be getting a bit of feed while I'm away too.




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Back from bris and all good, counted 20 bubs that I could see, hoping there's another 20 or more in hiding.

Female also molted and is visibly larger (see below), successfully re-introduced to the original cray tank with the male. 

Still have 1 female left holding eggs in the baby tank so more bubs to come.



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They look awesome Mick. What are your plans for the babies?

I had some (no idea what they were, as they came from a river way down south in a state where I grew up, which nobody talks about anymore) many years ago when I was a teen which bred over 50 from memory. The young ones ended up eating each other which only left me with two. The friendliest of the two would come out of the water and take food from your hand. He perished when I got a pet rat which used to roam around my bedroom at night. It pulled my yabby from the water, chewed all its legs off and then stored the body in my socks drawer to feed on later... It was (was... when it had claws...) longer than the rat.

It lived for a few weeks afterward, but it lost its will to survive or eat. Horrible way to die and left me really torn, as I had it since a baby and would have been 4 or 5 years old. 

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Gonna try and raise them in tanks, I have a 1.5m x 1m tank that I'll try and grow out the two batches.

I tipped up the female remaining in the fry tanks cave up and babies came out, I'll give her a few more days and they should all be released.

In that tank with all the hides and stuff I have no idea how many were born and how many may have been eaten or died.

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Bubs growing up, keeping one male for display for myself and will move the others on.

Here's the biggest of the bubs I pulled out to have his own display tank to grow up in. 

Another molt or two and he should be around full color as the juvies start off dull.

Here's the big boy, obviously likes his food.




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