Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)
Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)

Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae)

Regular price$ 64.99
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  • Inventory on the way

Due to state restrictions on invasive species, we are not able to ship or sell any color morph of the Cherax sp. crayfish to the following state(s): FloridaTexas, and Wisconsin.

This species is prohibited to own in the above state(s), meaning it is illegal to possess them live in these state(s). This includes possession for consumption, education, aquarium trade, or any other live trade.

* For the safety of our animals, we now ship Cherax crayfish exclusively via UPS Next Day Air. If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS Next Day Air as a shipping option during checkout *



The range of color intensity extends from a deep purple hue to shades of purple with red undertones Some may have greenish blue sections on their bodies as the coloration varies greatly with this species.

 

We have incredible specimens of this brand new, extremely rare Indonesian crayfish!




The Imperial Purple Crayfish (Cherax alyciae, formerly Cherax peknyi) is a never before seen color morph of the Cherax alyciae species. It is one of the largest freshwater crayfish available and features absolutely stunning colors. This crayfish offers an intense purple to reddish coloration across its body.  The Imperial Purple Crayfish will breed in the aquarium, although the fry are extremely slow growing and can be cannibalistic. In fact, many of our specimens have bred in our tanks at our facility! 
 
This particular crayfish is relatively active and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food. The Imperial Purple Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods. This crayfish may eat ornamental live plants, although some aquarists report Cherax crayfish species to be much less destructive to plants than most other large crayfish. It is a skilled climber, so extra care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape its enclosure.
 
As it reaches adulthood, the Imperial Purple Crayfish can become relatively territorial, so it may behave aggressively towards other animals in the tank. It is important that ample hiding places such as rockwork, driftwood, or PVC pipes be provided. This is even more crucial when housing multiple crayfish in the same tank. Due to the size and waste production of this crayfish, a minimum 30-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult. A larger aquarium of 55 gallons or larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size. This is a reasonably hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health. Other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fish should not be kept with large crayfish. It is possible to keep mid- and upper-level, fast-swimming fish with the Imperial Purple Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch. 
 

As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Imperial Purple Crayfish is EXTREMELY high quality - much higher quality than others on the market!  This crayfish may TEMPORARILY change color and hide more than usual after molting, which may occur during shipping. If your crayfish has faded color and you find a molt in the bag or in your aquarium, do not worry; this is normal and the bright color will return in 2 weeks or less. 

 


*IMPORTANT* Please "Choose a Variant" above before adding this crayfish to your cart. The variants we're currently offering are:

    • 1 Male Crayfish - 3+ inch Adult (Adult male)
    • 1 Female Crayfish – 3+ inch Adult (Adult female)
    • 1 Male/Female Crayfish Pair – 3+ inch Adults (Adult male and female)
    • 1 B-Grade Crayfish - 3+ inch Adult (All of our “B-Grade” crayfish are simply specimens that are missing legs or claws.  Loss of appendages is not permanent and happens commonly with crustaceans. They are completely healthy with excellent coloration and will completely regenerate lost appendages within 1 to 2 molts, which will take 2-3 months or less)
    • 1 Juvenile - 3/4 inches+ (Please note: some may be missing a claw, but these will grow back quickly after a few molt cycles. Crayfish will go through molt cycles more often at a young age)
 
What We Like About This Crayfish:
  • Very rare and exceptional species
  • Consistently excellent purple and blue coloration
  • Less aggressive than many other crayfish
  • Easy to feed
  • Excellent scavenger    

 
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
  • Temperature: 68° - 80° F (20° - 26.7° C)
  • pH: 6.5 - 7.5
  • KH: 6 - 15 dKH
  • Minimum tank size: 30 gallons

 
CARE GUIDELINES: 
  • Diet: Crayfish are typically very easy to feed since they are mostly omnivorous scavengers. However, Cherax species can sometimes be a bit finicky (this is not likely with tank-bred specimens). In addition to various plant matter, we have been feeding all of our Cherax crayfish frozen peas and carrots as well as frozen shrimp that is chopped into manageable pieces after thawing. We highly recommend that our customers at least initially offer this diet to their Cherax crayfish. In time, it is very likely that the crayfish will also accept high-quality dry foods, though a varied diet is required for optimal health, coloration, and activity.
  • Social behavior:  Can be aggressive/territorial with other crayfish, but is much less so than Procambarus species (such as the Electric Blue Crayfish).
  • Origin:  Papua New Guinea
  • Average adult size:  5 - 6 inches (12.7 - 15.2 cm)
  • Average purchase size:  3+ inches (7.6+ cm)
  • Recommended Aquatic Arts tankmates:  Fast-moving fish (such as Celestial Pearl Danios, Rasboras, Guppies, etc.). While dwarf shrimp can be kept successfully with these crayfish, caution should be exercised, as the crayfish have been known to catch and eat slow, sick, or particularly small shrimp. Cichlids can be aggressive toward crayfish and should not be kept in the same tank. Bottom-dwelling tankmates should also be avoided.
 
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For the safety of our animals, we only ship live fish, crabs, and select other inverts exclusively via UPS 1 Day Air.  If your order contains this item, you will only see UPS 1 Day Air as a shipping option during checkout. If other items are in your cart that can ship with  2 day or standard shipping options the only shipping method you can still select is UPS 1 Day Air. 

UPS 1 Day is a description of the duration of time a shipment will spend in transit once it has been shipped. This does not guarantee the package will be shipped the same or next day from which the order was placed.

Shipping Schedule for this service

UPS 1 Day: Monday through Thursday
 

Current Handling Time:

1-9 business days

Here at Aquatic Arts, we consider the welfare of the live animals we are shipping to be of the foremost importance. This process is much more involved than simply creating a shipping label and affixing it to a box. Depending on the order, it takes from 4 to 7 people to complete this process properly. We check the weather conditions here where they fly out of the Indianapolis UPS facility and the destination for each shipment. We start early each morning and go through a multi-step process to have the day's shipments prepared in time for the UPS pickup. The volume of orders in our system also affects the processing time. Therefore our stated handling time is 1-9 business days. 

Shipping Rate

Pricing is by size of package needed to fill entire order and distance it must travel. It will be calculated at checkout.

 

 

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