Redclaw Crayfish Care Sheetac2u.co
Australian RedClaw Crayfish, having the family and genus as: Parastacidae & Cherax respectively. Scientific Species Name: C. quadricarinatue. This is based on option and experience at a general commercial farm.
The Water Parameters (Deep Well Water)
Water Temp: 70-85F – the lowest temperature I have had them is 58F with no ill affects with PH: 7.0-8.5
Hardness: Hard water is recommended for shell growth
Food: Omnivorous- Flake Food, sinking catfish food, vegetables
Active: Night, Life Span: 3-5 Years
Size: Body- 10 inches (With Claws- 14-16 inches)
Min Tank Size: 55gal
Hiding Place: 2 per animal
- CO2= 16mg/L
- H2S= 0
- CACO3=140 mg/L
The Feed used :-
- Wordley Tropical Fish Flake Food (Morning Feed Light)
- Zeigler Premium Shrimp Grower Feed (Night Feed)
- Bloodworms (Once a week) Seems to promote breeding
- Fresh/Frozen Vegetables- they really like green peas (5 times a week)
- Float your unopened in the water that they will introduced to adjust the temperature of the shipping water slowly
- Air line/stone
- Open bag and insert airline or pour into a container with airline
- Add tank water to adjust them to your PH *** Add water very slowly to your crayfish, don’t add enough at once to cover the crayfish completely. This acclimates their gill back to being submerged.
- Repeat #4 every 5-10 mins till the crayfish is covered
- Net them out of the water and add them to your tank. (DO NOT ADD SHIPPING WATER TO YOUR SYSTEM)
- Cycling your tank: I know you hear this all the time but it is very important to have your tank cycled before introducing juvenile red claw. They are very sensitive to nitrate; I have seen them die within 10 hours at 5ppm nitrate.
- Hides: You will need appropriate size hides in your tanks, 3 inch PVC for adults. You can use a verity of hides including PVC and rock caves. They feel comfortable in sung areas with only 1(one) opening. We recommend 2 hides per crayfish.
- Tank Mates: Slow moving fish maybe come food; I have seen adult red claws catch tilapia in cooler water temp when the tilapia become sluggish.