The Premier Pet Fish Wesite - Established 1996

Red Claw Crayfish

By: Evan G.
Common Name: Red Claw Crayfish
Latin Name : Cherax quadricarinatus
Origin: Australia
Temperature: 70-78°F (21-26°C)
Ease Of Keeping: Medium due to large size and escape efforts
Aggressivness: Males extremly aggressive, females mildly agressive
Lighting: Dim lighting if any
Adult Size: 12 in. (30cm) maybe bigger depending on tempature and diet
Minimum Tank Size: 55 gal. at adult size. I house mine in 20 gal. till about 8 in.
Feeding: Shimp pellets. No raw shrimp. Algae wafer plants snails fish.
Spawning Method: Egg-layers. After the females mate they wait anywhere from 1-3 months before eggs move to their "swimmeretts" under they're tails.
Comments: This crayfish is a true joy (as much as a crayfish can be). This species is a dark vibrant blue. The males in this species have a large bright red patch on his claws that makes him look stunning. This species gets quite large at about a foot. They need at least a 55 gallon tank once they reach adulthood. This may take years to reach. I've had both males and females. The males are extremly aggressive. My male when I brought him home I put him in a tank with a female and I walked in a week later and found him ripping her limb for limb. These crays are solitary animals. They can't be kept with any other live creatures including plants. They are excellent escape artists. My male just last week got out twice in two days and I had to resort to duct taping the entire top of the tank. All in all these are an interesting but large crayfish to have.
Name: jezza
Comments: Red claw's should ideally be kept in water with a ph of between 6.5-8 and at a temperature of 25-30°C or 77-90 °F. Red Claw are usually found in murky water. The red spots on the male’s claws are quite soft and are used for feeling around, as their eyesight is quite poor. As in the previous comment the red claw are quite good escape artists, and exceptional climbers. I have even myself experienced my own red claw (appropriately called nipper, due to what he did to my cat) climbing up curtains, fly screens, fish tank air supply hoses and fish tank weed in attempt to get outside.
When putting more than one red claw into a tank I highly recommend removing the red claw(s) from the tank, rearranging it completely, make new homes for the both/all the red claw then add both/all to the tank simultaneously. This usually makes the red claw think they are in a completely new environment and both/all settle in quite well. I also highly recommend covering the tank with a lid, glass being best due to its weight, but crayfish have been known to put their pincers into the ground and flick their lids off using their tail, or alternatively, hook their tails over the edge of the tank an pull them selves up and fall the rest of the way out of the tank

Articles Index / Invertebrates Index
This article has been viewed 10589 times

Site Index / Articles Index / Product Reviews



Cash Us On:

FacebookVisit PetFish.Net On Facebook YouTubePetFish.Net Videos On YouTube TwitterVisit PetFish.Net On Twitter Google PlusVisit PetFish.Net On Google+ RedditVisit PetFish.Net On Reddit PinterestVisit PetFish.Net On Pinterest

How Bou Dah?


PetFish Index
About Us
Contact Us

All Articles Index

The Fish
Barbs, Tetras And Minnows
Catfish and Loaches
Freshwater Sharks
Goldfish, Ponds And
Coldwater Fish

Killifish Care
Killifish Species Profiles
Miscellaneous Fish
Native USA Fish
Saltwater And Marine

Other Fauna

Aquatic Plants

Aquarium Basics
Foods And Feeding
Live Foods
Diseases And Fish Health
Spawning And Fry Care
Fishy Fun Stuff

Do It Yourself
How To Guides

Products And Services Reviews

PetFish Video

Our Free Ebooks

Conversions Volume Calculator

Aquarium Measurements And pH Scales

The Ultimate Aquarium Calculator

Made with Aquarium Designer
Design Your Aquarium

Link to

Translate To

© Since 1996, PetFish.Net All Rights Reserved
All content is copyright by and/or the named author and may not be used without written permission.
Privacy Statement - Contact Us - About US - Links - Site Map

Sponsored In Part By