Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)
Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)

Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi)

Regular price $ 74.99 Sale price$ 67.49
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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 *

This variant is one of the most spectacular and striking crayfish in the world!




The Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish (Cherax peknyi) is a very exceptional color variant of the Zebra Crayfish superspecies, which is native to Papua New Guinea. It is one of the largest freshwater crayfish available and features stunning coloration! Red, orange, blue, and white are all distinctly shown on this crayfish. The Blue Claw Zebra 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 Blue Claw Zebra 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 Blue Claw Zebra 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 Blue Claw Zebra Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch. 
 

As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Bue Claw Zebra 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 - 2+ inch Young Adult (Young adult male)
    • 1 Female Crayfish – 2+ inch Young Adult (Young adult female)
    • 1 Male/Female Crayfish Pair – 2+ inch Young Adults (Young adult male and female)
    • 1 B-Grade Crayfish - 2+ 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, which will take 2-3 months or less)
    • 1 Juvenile Tank-Bred Crayfish - .75-1+ inch (A younger and smaller tank-bred variant 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!) 
    • 1 B-Grade Juvenile Tank-Bred Crayfish - .75-1+ inch (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. This is a younger and smaller variant 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:
  • Very rare and exceptional species
  • Consistently excellent red, orange, blue, white, black, and brown 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:  2+ inches (5+ cm) for adults, 1+ inch (2.5+ cm) for juveniles
  • 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.
 
All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

This colorful tetra is a true aquarium hobby classic!

These little tetras are one of the more beautifully colored fish available in the freshwater aquarium hobby!  They have a silver body and feature a shimmering red/pink stripe throughout the middle of their body.  Their eye-catching coloration has made them one of the most popular fish for freshwater aquariums today.  They are great for beginners and experts alike, and they thrive in any well-established aquarium that meets their recommended water parameters.  These fish stay small, growing no larger than one to two inches, which makes them an excellent choice for small-sized tanks!

Glowlight Tetras are very peaceful and make great additions to community aquariums.  However, they should only be kept in tanks with other non-aggressive fish that are similar in size.  They are a schooling fish, and their schools create a magnificent display of colors in motion that has to be seen to be believed!  These fish do best in densely planted aquariums with plenty of hiding places.  This can be achieved with rocks and caves, driftwood, and live plants (good ones include mosses or tall plants that will reach the middle level of the aquarium, such as green cabomba, moneywort, java ferns, etc.).  Since they are a schooling fish, they can really only thrive in groups, which is why we sell them in groups of 6 and 12.

Glowlight Tetras spend most of their time within the middle and top levels of the aquarium.  These fish are not recommended for new tanks, as they may have problems in tanks that are not well-cycled.  It is important to acclimate Glowlight Tetras to a new tank slowly, because they can be sensitive to changes in water parameters.  They are known to be difficult to breed in captivity; the water conditions must be perfect for them to spawn.  Interestingly, the bright colors on these fish tend to become dimmer at night.  This is normal and does not indicate sickness or weakness in the tetras.

What We Like About This Fish:

Iridescent red stripe that add bright bursts of color to any aquarium set-up

Its small size makes it an ideal candidate for the nano aquarium

Safe with plants

Completely peaceful

Very hardy and adaptable

All Aquatic Arts brand plants and animals come with a 100% live arrival guarantee, plus free email support!

RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
Temperature: 75° - 82° F (24° - 28° C)
pH: 5.5 - 7.5, but highly adaptable to many conditions
KH: 4 - 10 dKH
Minimum tank size: 10 gallons


CARE GUIDELINES:
Diet: Omnivorous. Will readily accept most fish flakes and pellets, as well as most small foods, including brine shrimp, daphnia, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex.
Social behavior: Peaceful, schooling/shoaling.
Origin: Tank-bred, but indigenous to Rio Essequibo, Guyana
Average adult size: 1.5 - 2 inches (3.8 - 5 cm)
Average purchase size: 1/4 - 1 inch (0.6 - 2.5 cm)

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.

 

 

Q: What are the ideal tank mates for Glowlight Tetras?
A: Glowlight Tetras do best with other small, peaceful fish. Ideal tank mates include Neon Tetras, Harlequin Rasboras, Corydoras Catfish, and small livebearers like Guppies or Mollies.

Q: How often should I feed Glowlight Tetras?
A: Glowlight Tetras should be fed 1-2 times a day. Provide only as much food as they can consume in 2-3 minutes to avoid overfeeding and water quality issues.

Q: What should I do if my Glowlight Tetras are not schooling?
A: Ensure you have at least 6-12 Glowlight Tetras, as they are schooling fish and feel more secure in larger groups. Also, check if there are any stressors in the tank such as aggressive tank mates or poor water quality.

Q: Can Glowlight Tetras live with shrimps and snails?
A: Yes, Glowlight Tetras are generally safe with non-aggressive invertebrates like shrimps and snails. They add a nice dynamic to the aquarium and help with cleaning.

Q: How can I tell the difference between male and female Glowlight Tetras?
A: Males are usually slimmer and may have more intense coloring, especially during breeding times. Females tend to be rounder and slightly larger, particularly when carrying eggs.

Q: What signs of illness should I watch for in Glowlight Tetras?
A: Watch for changes in color, fin rot, spots, or unusual swimming behavior. Common illnesses include ich, fin rot, and swim bladder issues. Quarantine affected fish and treat the tank if necessary.

Q: What lighting conditions do Glowlight Tetras prefer?
A: Glowlight Tetras thrive in subdued lighting conditions, which mimic their natural habitat. Moderate lighting with plenty of plants for shade creates an ideal environment for them.

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