Procambarus Clarkii sp. "Red"
Origin: originally USA, now: almost world wide Max body size: 12cm+ Keeping: You can keep 5 or more in an aquarium of 100cmx40cm. Bigger tanks allow for a greater number of individuals. A wide range of pH and GH is possible as long as one avoids the extremes. Very tolerant to a wide range of water conditions and quality. You can literally breed them in plastic buckets. Behaviour: like most crayfish these are omnivorous and will eat your plants Make sure to provide enough room if you keep several specimens, if not they will reduce their numbers with each molt. How to tell apart males from females: As usual Breeding: As usual. 300 and more eggs for big females. Make sure to provide enough room and food for the fry. Cannibalism begins to get extreme with 2-3 cm if too crowded. spread: wild type (red): most common, white, blue and orange: common remark: The wild type is red, there is a blue, orange and a white color morph that is commonly available. Many more color morphs might be out there.
These are the reddest Clarkii I have seen, you won't be dissapointed.
These are babies aproximately 1/2"
Posted by Hal on 1st Aug 2012
I am new to aquaponics, but knew I wanted to raise crawfish, ornamental fish, and game fish. IT was just after crawfish season ended and they were hard to find, so I tookl a chance on raising these baby sized crawfish to get started and see if they have ormament value.
I have enjoyed these creatures and put them in a gravel bottom tank them added a sand beach at one end. They are growing fast and soem are molting in the sand area, so that seems to be a plus for them. If a fish dies, I give it to these scavangers, and they think it is a great feast worth fighting over.
I was worried about them escaping as many have called them houdinis, but my screen top and straight up tank sides seem to be holding them in with out a problem. They are very quick movers at short distances, and very agile.
I have been happy and amazed with this purchase. I now see about 7-8 moving a round at a time and that is up from 2-4 out of 24 total intially. So they sem to be getting friendlier. One has reached about 2" in length so some are really growing with the fish food and trying some dog food.
Hope that helps. If you have a secure tank, they are easy to keep. My problem in Texas has been keeping water temperatures down to 80 degrees.