Christmas Tree Crayfish (Procambarus pygmaeus), Tank-Bred!
This extremely rare crayfish is a magnificently colorful dwarf species!
The Christmas Tree Dwarf Crayfish (Procambarus pygmaeus) is an extremely rare dwarf crayfish that is exceptionally small in size in comparison to other Procambarus species. It has striking coloration with its olive-colored body and many red and pink highlights. This crayfish is almost never available in the US aquarium trade and it has a relatively small native range in Florida and Georgia. At an adult size of only two inches, it can be an excellent specimen for some smaller aquaria.
The Christmas Tree Crayfish is a somewhat reclusive species, but like many crayfish, it often becomes more outgoing as it reaches adulthood and is well-established in the home aquarium. This species does a significant amount of burrowing, so care should be taken to ensure that it does not topple aquarium décor with its digging. It may eat ornamental plants. It is a skilled climber, so extra care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape its enclosure.
While it shares many of the qualities of other dwarf crayfish species, the Christmas Tree Crayfish can be a bit more aggressive with its own kind. 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 10- to 15-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult. A larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size if proper care and cover are provided. This is a very hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health. Other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fish should not be kept with this crayfish. It is possible to keep mid- and upper-level, fast-swimming fish with the Christmas Tree Dwarf Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch.
As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Christmas Tree Dwarf Crayfish is EXTREMELY high quality. 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 Adult Male - 1+ inch Subadult
- 1 Adult Female - 1+ inch Subadult
- 1 Adult Male/Female Pair - 1+ inch Subdults (We guarantee a very high-quality, near-breeding age young adult male/female crayfish pair for this listing)
- 1 B-Grade subdult - 1+ inch Young Subadult (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 (about 2 to 3 months)
- 1 Juvenile – ½ inch Juvenile (A younger and smaller specimen of the Christmas Tree Dwarf Crayfish at a lower price than our young adult specimens. This is a particularly fast-growing, hardy species and will usually grow well into adult size and coloration within 1 to 3 months. In the meantime, any customers who choose to go with a juvenile specimen can save some money and experience the excitement of watching their little crayfish grow!)
- 1 B-Grade Juvenile – ½ inch Juvenile (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 (about 2 to 3 months)
What We Like About This Crayfish:
- Exceptional coloration
- Very manageable dwarf size
- Rare and unique
- Excellent scavenger
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 72 - 77° F (22.2 - 25° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- KH: 6 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 10-15 gallons for a single specimen, 20+ gallons for multiple specimens.
- Diet: Omnivorous. High-quality sinking pellets, plants, and freeze-dried or frozen foods will be readily accepted. Cuttlebone should be added to the aquarium to supplement calcium, which will aid in exoskeleton production.
- Social behavior: Can be aggressive/territorial with its own kind. Crayfish will typically eat whatever they can catch, but since they are slow-moving, they are not often able to harm fast-moving fish.
- Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Florida and Georgia, United States
- Average adult size: 2 inches (5 cm)
- Average purchase size: .5 inch (1.3 cm) for juveniles, 1+ inch for suadults
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: 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. Most cichlids can be aggressive toward crayfish and should not be kept in the same tank. Bottom-dwelling tankmates should also be avoided.