Apricot Crayfish (Cherax holthuisi var. “Apricot”), Tank-Bred!
As its name declares, the Apricot crayfish is a beautiful solid orange variant of the very popular Emerald Fire AKA Orange Tip Crayfish!
* 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 Apricot Crayfish (Cherax holthuisi var. "Apricot") is a very striking, solid orange variation of its species and is native to Irian Jaya, Indonesia. This crayfish is also commonly known as the Apricot Crayfish or Sunburst Fire Freshwater Lobster, though true lobsters do not exist in freshwater. The Apricot Crayfish breeds easily in the aquarium, but the fry are extremely slow growing compared to many American crayfish. 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 Apricot Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods. This crayfish should not be kept with most ornamental live plants as it will eat them at a surprising rate. 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 Apricot Crayfish will 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 gallon 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 Apricot Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch.
As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Apricot 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 is not blue 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 Apricot Crayfish (Cherax holthuisi) - 3 to 4 inch Young Adult (No sex specified / Most popular option).
- 1 Female Apricot Crayfish – 3 to 4 inch Young Adult
- 1 Male/Female Apricot Crayfish Pair – 3 to 4 inch Young Adults
- 1 B-Grade Apricot Crayfish (Cherax holthuisi) - 3 to 4 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).
- 1 Juvenile Tank-Raised Apricot Crayfish (Cherax holthuisi - .5+ inch (A younger and smaller variant of Apricot Crayfish at a lower price than our young adult specimens. This is a particularly hardy species and will usually grow well into adult size and coloration within 6 months. In the meantime, any customers who choose to go with a juvenile specimen can experience the excitement of watching their little crayfish grow!)
What We Like About This Crayfish:
- Consistently excellent orange coloration
- Less aggressive than many other crayfish
- Easy to feed
- Excellent scavenger
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 68° - 85° F (20° - 29° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- KH: 6 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 30 gallons
- Diet: Crayfish are typically very easy to feed since they are mostly omnivorous scavengers. However, Cherax species can sometimes be a bit finicky. 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: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Western Irian Jaya, Indonesia
- Average adult size: 5 - 6 inches (12.7 - 15.2 cm)
- Average purchase size: Adults: 3 - 4 inches (7.6 - 10 cm) or larger, Juveniles: .5+ inch (1.25+ 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 definitely be avoided.
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