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Species (common name)Species (scientific name)LinkLevel of CareMinimum tank sizeWater temperatureTank features or requirementsFeeding (food type and quantity)For Human consumption?GrowthBreedingSpecial ConsiderationsComments
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crayfishmarmorkrebs – procambarus sp.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmorkrebsthey tolerate very different water conditions and are said to be very easy to be cared for. i keep 3 of them in a 10gallon tank Provide plenty of hiding places (e.g. many pvc pipes of different sizes and diameter)they feed on leaves (beech, other dried leaves collected in winter are good) and dried soybeans. Yesthey grow to a size of 5 inches, although this might take more than a year. May need multiple tanks or big tanks when breeding for food production because the biggest female is said to release pheromones into the water that make her the only one to breed. They carry their eggs and larvae under their tail, and from laying the eggs to releasing the babies it takes about 40 days. possibly a threat to local environments as they reproduce like a pest (might be an advantage for food production) and might endanger local species. DO NOT RELEASE INTO THE WILD, EAT THEM!I keep those, they are a specialty as there are no males, the females clone themselves.
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Cherry shrimpneocaridinia heteropodahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_shrimpthey do not require special care, although there are special species in this family that are for the experienced.They tolerate small tanks that can not be populated by fish and can build large populations. when provided enough hiding spaces you can have thousand of them in an aquarium.they feed on detritus, bacterial mats, leaves and algae.Maybe (might be small for human consumption)They grow up to more than an inch when old.these reproduce readily in captivity. they release fully developed offspring they gained some popularity in recent years as aquarium pets after Amano aquariums made an algae shrimp popular. there are dozens of different species in this family with all different colors, and they should be available in the pet trade readily as well as from hobby enthusiast breeders over the internet.
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Red claw shrimpmacrobrachium assamense http://www.shrimpnow.com/content.php/176-Macrobrachium-assamenseshould be easy to take care of.needs quite large tanks due to its aggressivenessA carnivore. It feeds on fish usually, but readily eats pellet food rich in protein.Maybe (should be more in the edible size range)reaches sizes more than 2 inches maximumit also releases already fully developed babies after carrying eggs and larvae under its tail and reproduces in captivity. this is a relative to the freshwatershrimp farmed around the world for food production. not as easy to obtain but should also be available from hobbyists.
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GoldfishVery easy. Tolerate poor tank conditions1 gallon per 1 inch of fish (?)Cold-water tanksBe careful about plants used in tank because the fish may eat them.Fish flake, pellets and/or duckweedProbably notIt is possible, but it hasn't happened in my tankThese are very dirty fish and you may need to clean the tank at least once a week to remove fish waste solids from the bottom.Can buy cheaply as "feeder goldfish," but make sure to quarintine new fish for a while because they could bring diseases into the tank.
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