The brilliant red coloration of this crayfish is simply astonishing to see, and is sure to make this beautiful animal the centerpiece of any aquarium! The body and claws of these crayfish are fire engine red, while the color on the legs and tail typically fades into a sunburst orange. Like their relatives the Electric Blue Crayfish, Neon Red Crayfish are very active and fascinating to watch!
The Neon Red crayfish is a variant of the Electric Blue crayfish, and is therefore classified as the same species. The Electric Blue Crayfish's natural habitat is in Florida, specifically areas east of St. Johns River, various locations south of Levy and Marion Counties, and even some of the Florida Keys. In fact, they are the only crayfish species native to the state of Florida. The red version of these crayfish are selectively bred from Electric Blue Crayfish, and so they can successfully interbreed with their blue cousins.
These crayfish can live in almost any freshwater aquarium and are among the toughest freshwater tank inhabitants available to the hobby. These are very active creatures that love to explore and do not spend all of their time under rocks. They are well known for keeping tanks clean and free of waste, and are especially useful in large aquariums of 30 gallons or more. Due to their maximum potential size, they should not be kept in aquariums any smaller than 30 gallons. These crayfish can live up to 5 or 6 years old with the proper care.
If you are planning to keep this crayfish with other crayfish or other large types of fish and invertebrates, is important to keep them in a tank with plenty of hiding places. Crayfish are vulnerable when they are shedding their exoskeleton, so landscaping the tank with live plants, driftwood, rocks, and/or caves is vital to their survival. Also, it is normal for a crayfish to eat his/her skeleton after molting.
Other than the original Electric Blue, this species of crayfish also comes in white and pink - variants which are often available here on Aquatic Arts!
5 to 6 inches in length
Recommended Tank Parameters
pH level range: 6.5 - 8.5
Temperature range: 65° - 85° F
Water type: kH 3-10; gH 4-10; TDS 100-300
Notes from the owner:
- Crayfish are the hardiest freshwater specimens we have to offer, and thus tend to handle shipping and the acclimation process quite well.
- Though crayfish are NOT friendly, they can often live with fast-moving fish (such as rasboras, danios, etc.). They are fairly slow and only a sick fish would be able to be caught by the crayfish. We have kept them with guppies and dwarf shrimp, and have never seen a death ourselves, but we cannot guarantee that dwarf shrimp will be safe if kept with a large crayfish. Some crayfish have also been known to eat snails, though this is does not always happen.
Crayfish will typically eat whatever they can catch, but since they are slow-moving, they are rarely able to harm most types of fish or shrimp. They prefer foods like invertebrate pellets or blanched vegetables (such as zucchini, carrots, and spinach), but will also eat fish food and algae wafers.
Warning! Avoid any food product, medication, or plant fertilizer that contains Copper of any form. Copper is toxic to invertebrates. Many commercial fish foods, medications, and plant fertilizers contain copper or more commonly copper sulfate. Always look at the ingredient list for any product going into the aquarium to ensure they are copper free.
What to Expect from Us
We generally ship young crayfish that are around 2 to 3 inches in length. They will already be bright red in color, but their color should intensify even more as the crayfish matures and grows larger. Also, their claws will grow much larger in proportion to their bodies once the crayfish are fully grown adults.
We ship the crayfish in plastic cups with wet paper towels. These cups are injected with medical grade oxygen before they are placed in a box and shipped out. This method of packaging the crayfish has proven to be MUCH more successful than our previous method (shipping them in a bag full of water). This minimal-water method is how most aquatic companies ship their crayfish, so it is something we learned from companies much larger and older than us.
All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support directly from the owners! All that we require is that you send us a clear, digital picture of the unopened bag of DOAs, and we will replace them free of charge.