Alabama Dwarf Crayfish/Mini Lobster (Cambarellus sp. "Alabama"), Tank-Bred!
This very rare dwarf crayfish boasts striking coloration and can be an excellent addition to the nano aquarium!
The Alabama Dwarf Crayfish (Cambarellus sp. "Alabama") is a rather uncommon variant that is an excellent candidate for the nano or planted aquarium. This miniature freshwater crayfish features an outgoing personality and incredible coloration. Dwarf crayfish are also known as mini lobsters, although true lobsters do not exist in freshwater. The Alabama Dwarf Crayfish is very similar to the Orange CPO Crayfish in appearance and behavior, aside from the obvious difference in color. It is believed by many to be a geographic color variant of the Cajun Dwarf Crayfish (Cambarellus shufeldtii), but its scientific classification has not yet been officially declared.
Dwarf crayfish like this one are among our favorite invertebrates here at Aquatic Arts. They are much larger in size than dwarf shrimp (they can grow up to 1.6 inches long) and tend to live much longer, but are still small enough to comfortably live in a tank as small as five gallons. They are quite active and do not typically hide during the day like many larger crayfish. They make an exciting addition to any aquarium and are a great way to get into invertebrates if you haven't joined the craze already!
Though this crayfish is small enough not to be a threat to most other tank inhabitants, they have on occasion gone after dwarf shrimp, so we cannot guarantee safety for dwarf shrimp when keeping them in the same tank. This species is normally peaceful, but all crayfish are opportunistic omnivore hunters/scavengers, so there is always a small chance it could try to fin clip slow moving fish or fish with long-flowing fins. We have kept them with schools of fast moving small fish like rasboras, rainbowfish, and danios with very little to no issues. Caution just needs to be advised whenever housing a crayfish with other tank mates. It is a skilled climber, so extra care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape its enclosure.
PLEASE NOTE: Nearly all specimens we have received have very visible blue coloration as displayed in the photos above. However, we are not yet sure of the long-term status of this blue coloration. This variety/species is very uncommon and might mature to a tan/brown color pattern. We will update this listing as we have more long-term experience and reports with this crayfish.
*IMPORTANT* Please "Choose a Variant" above before adding this crayfish to your cart. The variants we're currently offering are:
- 1 Adult Crayish - .5 to 1 inch Young Adult
- 3 Adult Crayfsh – 3 Young Adults, Unsexed
- 1 Adult Female Crayfish - .5 to 1 inch Young Adult
- 1 Adult Male/Female Pair - .5 to 1 inch Young Adults(We guarantee a very high-quality, breeding age young adult male/female crayfish pair for this listing)
- 1 B-Grade Adult, Unsexed - .5 to 1 inch Young 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 (about 2 to 3 months)
What We Like About This Crayfish:
- Striking coloration
- Very manageable dwarf size
- Rare and unique
- Excellent scavenger
- Generally safe with plants
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 60 – 82.4° F (16 - 28° C), although the low to middle end of this range is more ideal.
- pH: 6.0 – 8.0
- KH: 6 - 12 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 5 gallons
- 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 states bordering the Mississippi River from Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico
- Average adult size: 1.6 inches (4 cm)
- Average purchase size: .5 - 1 inch (1.3 – 2.5 cm)
- Recommended AquaticArts 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. Most bottom-dwelling tankmates should also be avoided.