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Product Description

Temperature Range: 75 – 85 F.
PH: 4-7 Diet: Omnivore
Habitat: Freshwater
Life Span: 2-3 years
Species: Cherax holthuisi
Size: 3-3 ½”

Apricot crayfish originate from Bird’s Head Peninsula in New Guinea. They have only been found in Aitinjo Lake, and they are a species of freshwater crayfish. Apricot crayfish range in color, and they can be yellow, pink, or pale orange. They grow to a size of about 3 ½.” Apricot crayfish have noticeably smaller eyes than other species of cherax crayfish. They use their antennae to locate food as their eyes are of little use in murky water. Apricot crayfish are also called apricot yabbies. Apricot crayfish will thrive in a warm watered tank. If the water temperature gets too low, they become semi-dormant, and they will not reproduce or molt. Although they can tolerate some fluctuation in ph, if the water is too acidic, it may kill them or affect their ability to reproduce and molt. They need plenty of places to climb, hide, and burrow. Sandy substrate is good for burrowing, but manmade caves are good too. You can make them in coconut shells or pipes, and the apricot crayfish will spend a lot of time in them. They also should have plenty of plants, rocks, and driftwood to hide in. They like to have their individual space, so be sure to have plenty of hiding spaces available if you keep several in a tank. Apricot crayfish are omnivores with a preference for decayed plant matter. You can supplement their scavenging with fresh vegetables and dried algae, shrimp pellets, fish flakes, etc. You can also feed them meats, such as brine shrimp, blood worms, etc. You should offer them a variety of foods, and you should also give them extra calcium in the form of eggshells or cuttlebone. They need calcium for the formation of their exoskeletons. Apricot crayfish reproduce in fresh water. The female will carry many eggs, and the larvae go through several stages before they hatch. When they hatch, apricot crayfish are still larvae, and they will stay with the mother for several weeks before becoming miniature adult crayfish. They mature at about 12 months old. The female crayfish in captivity, assuming the water is warm, can reproduce several times per year. She will be capable of brooding again once her larvae have developed into miniature adults. The adult apricot crayfish will molt once or twice a year if the water parameters are constant. For several days during the molting process, the apricot crayfish is very vulnerable to other apricot crayfish as they are cannibalistic. If you know that your apricot crayfish is about to molt, you can put it in an isolation tank until its exoskeleton is hardened. Apricot crayfish aren’t very sociable, and you should be wary of putting them in with other fish and different species of crayfish as they can be aggressive. If they have plenty of space in the tank, and a lot of hiding places, two or three may peacefully cohabitate. They are nice looking specimens, and they are interesting to watch as they dig and climb. However, they are most active at night in low light settings. Make sure you change your water at least once a week if you are using an unfiltered tank. You should also vacuum your gravel periodically if using gravel in an unfiltered tank. Filtering is recommended because nitrate levels can build up if the detritus is not filtered out of the tank. 

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