The water parameters for this species is as follows:
Temp: 22-24°C (72-75°F)
I essentially use tap water to breed them.
Genetics: It will/can interbreed with other Cambarellus species like montezumae, puer, shufeldtti, etc.
This outstanding looking crayfish is commonly known as orange dwarf cray. It can show different varieties of tones of orange. They can be molted or striped. Their origin is not well known. Some people say the Cambarellus patzcuarensis sp. Orange was selectively bred in Germany from the wild form of the Cambarellus patzcuarensis which is from Mexico. Others say this wild form of C patzcuarensis was interbred in Germany with another dwarf cray in order to get their beautiful color. I have had the Cambarellus patzcuarensis sp. Orange for around a year now. Recently I have been able to breed them and am currently on my fourth batch at the moment.
Posted by Louise on 24th Mar 2014
I got into shrimp-keeping about a year ago, and decided to give these CPO a try. I bought 4 for a heavily planted tank with snails. Pleased to say that these CPO arrived very healthy and happy (they were individually bagged). They were a little shy for their first day or two but now can be seen constantly roaming in their tank. WAY more fun to watch than shrimp! And bigger than shrimp so don't have to strain my eyes as much to see them. The bright orange color makes them easy to spot in a planted tank. They do eat the occasional ramshorn snail which is okay by me and leave my plants alone. Great and unique aquatic pets!
Posted by Unknown on 19th Mar 2014
Lots of fun to watch, will be purchasing more for our other fish tanks.
Unfortunately, this morning looks like one of my fish has had one as a tasty meal. And I was afraid of the crawfish snacking on my fish. Time to relocate, til they grow out a bit!
Ron...Great customer service!
From APB: Might just be where they shed their skeleton, looks just like a dead crayfish!!
Posted by Sordes on 1st Mar 2014
I received three, all vibrantly colored and stupid cute. The morning after their first night in the community tank, three out of five fish sported torn fins. These are three sizable adult golden dojos and the fastest lionchu alive. As I searched up and down the 55 gallon, here's Victim #4, my panda moor (Heibai) oddly wiggling around above the oriental sword patch. Behold! Her once gloriously flowing tail being held by tiny claws. Those teeny little rogues were catching my fish! I immediately went for the net. Two of the three are in the 10 gallon planted planty plant tank with The Snails, free to pinch, catch and eat as they please. The largest and seemingly shy one has yet to misbehave. He\she will remain in the big tank as long as this continues!
Posted by randi bellantoni on 4th Jan 2014
As always I'm so pleased with my order they came just as healthy and feisty as can be I can sit for hours to watch them try to keep everyone in line
They are way to cute Ron who is better than you when it comes to getting what you want .
Thank you again
Posted by Alex A. on 3rd Jan 2014
i was so happy when i got my box of cpo's but when i opened the box they were all dead (i thought) and had really cold water and the heat pack was frozen! i freaked out so i put all of them in a container and filled it with warm tank water. i came back 30 minutes later to look at them they were all moving around happily hahhahahaha! but these guys are awesome and are very beautiful! thanks a lot apb these guys are the best!
ps the crays are happily moving in my tank and i advice not to buy inverts or fish over the winter because it is very cold, luckily mine made it lol!
Posted by Christopher on 10th Nov 2013
Absolutely love our CPO - it has so much personality - and will be back for more.
We are still in awe of how it arrived. I have seen fine china shipped with less care.
This is our new favorite place and are already planning our next tanks.
Posted by Tim on 16th Sep 2013
Received my two CPO's the next day. Both were healthy and active. Thanks Ron for your quality products and service.T.A.
Posted by Michael Myers on 4th Feb 2013
I purchased 3 and all arrived healthy. They are in about 15gal of water in a 3' x 3'x 18 " Vivarium. They seem to be most active in low light but I see at least one every time I check out my tank. There is about 3 gal of cave and they reside there coming out regularly. For those of you wondering if they eat or are aggressive toward shrimp,,,,,,,? Well the 3 I got actively stalk the ghost shrimp and when successful tear them apart. This started five min after I introduced the crays to the tank and hasn't stopped.
Posted by Angel on 10th Jun 2012
I purchased this crayfish on a Friday night and was quickly shipped and arrived the following Wednesday. Came alive and in great condition. They were also nice enough to add some Hornwort and Duckweed to my order. So now I have a great condition Dwarf Crayfish that's doing great and some extra plants. Definitively deserves a 5 out of 5. Thank you Alpha Pro Breeders.
Posted by Scott on 24th Mar 2012
A speedy arrival for the three i purchased, packed sepratly to prevent any fighting was a nice touch. High quality healthy cray, And only mildy agressive while settling in with each other. Will purchase more soon