Electric Blue Crayfish-Procambarus alleni

Electric Blue Crayfish-Procambarus alleni

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Electric Blue Crayfish-Procambarus alleni

Species name: Procambarus alleni
Common Names: Electric Blue Crayfish, Florida Crayfish
Max. size: Up to 7-8 inches
Origin: Florida Everglades
Temperament: Moderately aggressive
Water parameters: pH of 6.5-8.5, soft to hard water, and temperature of 65-85 F. This is a very hardy species and quickly adjusts to almost all changes. Won’t tolerate ammonia and nitrites as much as common fish however.
Aquarium setup: At least 30 gallons for a single crayfish. Provide plenty of hiding places as they do commonly hide in darker spaces during the day. Keep with descent sized fish that can quickly evade the crayfish. Keep the cover tight on the tank and provide no holes as this species will clamp onto cords and hoses and climb out of the tank. Larger aggressive cichlids should not be kept with the crayfish as they may attack and torment it.
Feeding: The crayfish will filter feed off the bottom as well as accept wafers and crab bites. The fish will snack on dead or dying fish but is generally too slow to catch fish that are still living. When molting the species will eat it own molt to regain vital nutrients that were lost.