Orange CPO Dwarf Mexican Crayfish/Mini Lobster (Cambarellus patzcuarensis)
This little crayfish has a beautiful and eye-catching fiery orange coloration that will add a burst of color to your tank!
CPO Crayfish are one of our favorite invertebrates. 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 5 gallons. They are one of the most brightly colored varieties of invertebrates we offer, and their large size draws the eye right to them. Additionally, they are easy to care for, and their feeding requirements are simple - they feed on leftover food or almost any kind of fish food.
These are quite active and do not hide during the day like most crayfish. They make an exciting addition to any aquarium, and they're a great way to get into invertebrates if you haven't joined the craze already!
Though the CPO Crayfish is small enough not to be a threat to most other tank inhabitants, they have on occasion gone after dwarf shrimp, so we don't recommend keeping them in the same tank. We have kept them in tanks with guppies, moss, and other live plants, and they never bothered any of their tank mates.
- 1 Orange CPO Crayfish - 1 to 1.5 inches (No sex specified / Most popular option)
- 3 Orange CPO Crayfish - 1 to 1.5 inches (No sex specified)
- 1 Female Orange CPO Crayfish - 1 to 1.5 inches (We guarantee a very high-quality, breeding age young adult female crayfish for this listing).
- 1 Male/Female Pair of Orange CPO Crayfish - 1 to 1.5+ inches (We guarantee a very high-quality, breeding age young adult male/female crayfish pair for this listing).
- 1 B-Grade Orange CPO Crayfish - 1 to 1.5 inches (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).
- pH level range: 6.0 - 8.0
- Temperature range: 60° - 75° F (16° - 24° C)
- Water type: Medium hard
- Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Fast-moving fish (such as Danios, Guppies, Otocinclus Catfish, etc.). Cichlids can be aggressive towards crayfish and should not be kept in the same tank. While dwarf shrimp can be kept succesfully with these crayfish, caution should be exercised, as the crayfish have been known to catch and eat slow, sick, or particularly small shrimp.
- Additional notes: CPO Crayfish are omnivores and will eat leftovers, dead tank mates, and even fish waste. Dwarf crayfish prefer to live in tanks with live aquatic plants (such as java moss, willow moss, hornwort, etc.). This is because they like the cover that plants provide, they love to graze on the plants for algae, and the plants help keep the water clean for them.