An Orange Variant of the “Dwarf Crayfish” (Cambarellus patzcuarensis) this little guy will add a splash of color to any tank with inhabitants small enough to not eat him!
A very easy species to keep as long as good water quality is maintained.
- Scientific Name: Cambarellus patzcuarensis (var. orange )
- Common Name: CPO, Dwarf Orange Crayfish
- Geographic Origin: Mexico (Selective bred from wild form)
- Habitat: Keep these guys in a heavily planted tank or a tank with lots of hiding spaces if more than 1 is kept. Clean water is the most important aspect of keeping these or any inverts.
- Gender Difference: Monomorphic – Adult males will have a pair of ridgid pleopods, with terminal hooks at the forward end (between the last pair of legs). In females the first pleopods are flexible and similar to the other four pairs of pleopods. These differences are visible when full grown.
- Breeding: Females carry eggs until after hatching
- Temperament: Peaceful
- Maximum Size: 1-1.5″
- Temperature: 60 – 82 degrees Fahrenheit
- pH: 6.0-8.0
- Water Hardness: Soft to Hard
- Water Region: Bottom and anywhere it can climb
- How many?: If kept in groups you must supply ample hiding spots.
- Diet: Scavenger – We suggest sinking pellet foods such as Hikari Shrimp Cuisine with treats of algae wafers.