Louisiana Crayfish: ( Procambarus clarkii)

Size: 2-5 inches

Aquarium Size: 10-55 gallons

This article will be specifically discussing the Louisiana Crayfish, but care is essentially the same for almost any crayfish.

Crayfish are hardy animals, able to tolerate wide levels of pH and pollution. They will eat anything from fish to babies, so it’s usually a good idea to keep them alone. They will also not object to cannibalism.

Crayfish are aggressive towards other crayfish, and will seize the opportunity to gut and eat a fish that is resting. They will also uproot plants and eat them, climb cables to escape their tank, and invade foreign countries, too.

Louisiana Crayfish can be cared for in the same manner as most other crayfish can. They do well at room temperature. Don’t keep more than one together unless you have a very large tank. As mentioned earlier, they will eat anything. As a general rule, all wild caught crayfish will immediately take to bloodworms, and can subsist on this diet for a long time. You can also feed them  mussels, zucchini, lettuce, snails, and fish. It’s best to feed adult crayfish every 2 or 3 days, while younger ones can be fed every day.

Provide at least one cave or hiding spot for your crayfish, otherwise it will be stressed.

Crayfish really are easy to care for and make great pets. It’s just that they don’t get along well with others. They can live in a small tub or a 10 gallon, as long as you provide a place for them to hide. Filtration and aeration is a big plus.

To treat wild caught crayfish for random external parasites, it’s recommended to give them a 15-20 minute saltwater bath. Problem solved.


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