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Bright Orange Crayfish


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Procambarus Clarkii 'Orange' #0 (00:39)
Found these at the local pet shop. Had to have them! Hope they don't grow much larger(Sept 2 2011)
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    Found these at the local pet shop. Had to have them! Hope they...
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    Procambarus Clarkii sp. "Orange"
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Product Description

PH Range: Wide Range
Temperature Range: Wide Range
Hardness Range: Wide Range
Life Span: 3+ years
Size:  up to 6 inches
Diet: Omnivorous
Habitat: Fully aquatic

This is a variety of the Louisiana wild red crayfish that is now enjoyed by many hobbyists worldwide.  The state of Louisiana produces close to 90% of the crayfish that are eaten worldwide. In Louisiana there are many ‘crawfish fests’ where people eat boiled, seasoned crayfish until their heart’s content. They enjoy quite a bit of space and if you overcrowd them you may experience cannibalism. Be sure to provide a few logs they can hide under so they feel more comfortable. Many hobbyists recommend you only keep one unless you have a tank that is fairly large with lots of cover. In an aquarium that is 40cm x 100 cm you may keep up to five crayfish. They are very hardy and can even tolerate some saline in their water.  Many report that it is even possible to breed these crayfish in plastic buckets. These guys are omnivorous which means they will eat just about anything they can get their claws on, including live plants or slow moving fish. They will also eat left over fish food and algae in a tank, helping to be a natural cleaning crew. Algae wafers, flakes, and sinking pellet foods will help keep your Bright Orange Crayfish satisfied so they don’t go after the other animals in your tank.  Many also recommend giving calcium supplements so their shells stay hard and don’t grow deformed. Males that are mature have hooks for grasping which are on the ischia located on the second and third pair of legs. They use these to grasp the females during copulation. A seminal receptacle is located on the females’ posterior walking legs. Males also tend to have much larger claws than the females.  Eggs are carried under the mother’s tale and she can have an average of 300 eggs. Larvae are born after 21 days of incubation. Almost all crayfish are nocturnal and that includes the Bright Orange Crayfish. You will notice that they are quite shy during the day preferring to hide and burrow. If you have sand in the bottom of your tank they will create little burrows. Placing clay flower pots that are free of toxins, driftwood and other cave dwellings will keep your crayfish happy. This crayfish is an extreme escape artist. It is important that you keep them in a well-covered tank so that they don’t crawl out. Additionally, since it is such a hardy species it is crucial you do not release yours into the wild as they survive many water conditions and can be considered an invasive species.

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  1. Very healthy and colorful 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th May 2015

    I received two Bright Orange Crayfish and they were very healthly and bright. They have done well so far in their new environment.

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