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The Scarlet Crayfish is also commonly known as the Scarlet Lobster, though true lobsters do not exist in freshwater. This species originates from the Southeastern United States, but all of our specimens are tank-raised. Like most Procambarus species, the Scarlet Crayfish reaches maturity very quickly and breeds easily in the aquarium. In fact, many of our specimens have bred in our tanks at our facility!
Though most crayfish are often reclusive by nature, this particular crayfish is very active by comparison and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food. The Scarlet Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods. This crayfish should not be kept with ornamental live plants as it will eat them at a surprising rate.
As it reaches adulthood, the Scarlet Crayfish will become relatively territorial. It is important that ample hiding places such as rockwork, driftwood, or PVC pipes be provided. This is even more crucial when housing multiple crayfish in the same tank. Due to the size and waste production of this crayfish, a minimum 30-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult. A larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size. This is a very hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health. Other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fish should not be kept with large crayfish. It is possible to keep mid- and upper-level, fast-swimming fish with the Scarlet Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch.
As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Scarlet Crayfish is EXTREMELY high quality – much higher quality than others on the market. This crayfish may TEMPORARILY change color and hide more than usual after molting, which may occur during shipping. If your crayfish is faded in color and you find a molt in the bag or in your aquarium, do not worry; this is normal and the bright color will return in 2 weeks or less.
NOTE: We recommend a tank size minimum of 30 gallons for this crayfish when it is fully grown. This will ensure that the crayfish is as happy and healthy as possible.
Diet: Omnivorous. High-quality sinking pellets, plants, and freeze-dried or frozen meaty foods will be readily accepted. Cuttlebone should be added to the aquarium to supplement calcium, which will aid in exoskeleton production.
Social Behavior: Can be aggressive/territorial with its own kind. Crayfish will typically eat whatever they can catch, but since they are slow-moving, they are not often able to harm fast-moving fish.
Average Adult Size: 4 – 5 inches (10 – 12.7 cm) body length, minus claws
Average Purchase Size: 2 – 3 inches (5 – 7.6 cm)
Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Fast-moving fish (such as Celestial Pearl Danios, Rasboras, Guppies, etc.). While dwarf shrimp can be kept successfully with these crayfish, caution should be exercised, as the crayfish have been known to catch and eat slow, sick, or particularly small shrimp. Cichlids can be aggressive toward crayfish and should not be kept in the same tank. Bottom-dwelling tank-mates should definitely be avoided.
Additional notes: Crayfish will typically eat whatever they can catch, but since they are slow-moving, they are not often able to harm fast-moving fish. They prefer foods like invertebrate pellets or blanched vegetables, but will also eat fish food and algae wafers. Crayfish molt periodically and sometimes eat their old exoskeleton.
|Temperature||65°- 76° F (18° – 24° C)|
|pH||6.5 – 7.5|
|KH||6 – 15 dKH|
|Minimum Tank Size||30 gallons|