SPECIES SPOTLIGHT: KEEPING FRESHWATER CRAYFISH AT HOME
- Australian Crawfish (Cherax destructor) – This species grows up to 8 inches in length and it is known for its bright blue color. These crawfish can be found throughout Australia so they prefer warm waters in the 68°F to 82°F range. Temperatures below 60°F and above 95°F can be very dangerous for this species.
- Louisiana Crayfish (Preocambarus clarkia) – These crayfish are native to the Nile river and they grow up to 6 inches in length. Louisiana crayfish are adaptable to a variety of tank setups but they are challenging to keep because they have a knack for climbing out of aquariums. This species must be kept in a covered tank.
- Florida Lobster (Procambarus alleni) – This species comes in several color forms, one of which is bright blue. These crayfish only grow to about 2 ½ inches in length and they prefer tank temperatures between 68°F and 82°F. This species is found throughout Florida, usually in standing water.
- Red Claw (Cherax quadricarinatus) – These crayfish range in color from blue-green to an almost-black color with yellow spots and lines on the body. They grow up to 8.5 inches in length, so they require a very large tank. This species can be found in Northern Australia and males of the species typically develop bubble-like growths on the claws.
- Orange Dwarf Crayfish (Cambarellus patzcuarensis) – This species is very colorful and, because it only grows to about 1.6 inches in length, it is a popular species for the home aquarium. These crayfish can be kept with small community fish and they are adaptable to cooler water temperatures – they do not need a tank heater (though your fish might).
- Miami Cave Crayfish (Procambarus milleri) – These crayfish range in color from bright orange to a lighter yellow-orange and they grow up to 3 inches in length. This species is native to Miami, Florida and it prefers slightly hard, alkaline water in the 68°F to 86°F range. These crayfish are unique in that they are more tolerant of other crayfish than many species.
Most Recent Forum Discussions
- setting up tank - By vostric, (0 replies)
I have a 20G tank, with a nice open space in the middle of my Eco-Complete substrate, I have my heater and filtration in, I ...
- Brown algae on plants - By billy_corycat, (1 replies)
What can I do about brown algae on my plants? What causes this? And will it kill my plants?
- Black friday sales? - By billy_corycat, (0 replies)
Is there anything aquarium related that usually goes on sale for Black Friday? I'm wondering if there's anything I could save money on - this ...