Shaggy Crayfish (Procambarus hirsutus), Tank-Bred!
The Shaggy Crayfish is a smaller Procambarus species with unique coloration and a very limited native range!
The Shaggy Crayfish (Procambarus hirsutus) is an extremely rare crayfish that displays highly variable, but always beautiful coloration, ranging from a brown to blue base with orange to pink spotting! Its common name refers to the hair-like growth on its rostrum. This crayfish is almost never available in the US aquarium trade and it has a very small native range in a few rivers and streams of central and southern South Carolina in the United States. It is significantly smaller than most of its relatives.
The Shaggy Crayfish is a somewhat reclusive species, but like many crayfish, it often becomes more outgoing as it reaches adulthood and is well-established in the home aquarium. 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 20-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult or pair. A larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size if proper care and cover are provided. 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 this crayfish. It is possible to keep mid- and upper-level, fast-swimming fish with the Shaggy Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch. It is a skilled climber, so extra care must be taken to ensure that it does not escape its enclosure.
As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Shaggy Crayfish is EXTREMELY high quality. 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 Subadult Male - 1+ inch Subadult
- 1 Subadult Female - 1+ inch Subadult
- 1 Subadult Male/Female Pair - 1+ inch Subadults (We guarantee a very high-quality, near-breeding age young adult male/female crayfish pair for this listing)
- 1 B-Grade Subadult - 1+ inch Subadult (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:
- Exceptional coloration
- Small adult size
- Rare and unique
- Excellent scavenger
- Will breed in the aquarium
RECOMMENDED TANK PARAMETERS:
- Temperature: 65 - 77° F (18.3 - 25° C)
- pH: 6.5 - 7.5
- KH: 6 - 15 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 20 gallons for a single specimen or pair, 40+ gallons for multiple specimens.
- Diet: Omnivorous. High-quality sinking pellets, plants, and freeze-dried or frozen foods will be readily accepted. GlasGarten Mineral Junkie Pearls or 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.
Tank-bred, but indigenous to central and southern South Carolina, United States
Average adult size: 2 - 3 inches (5 - 7.6 cm)
Average purchase size
1 inch (2.5 cm) for subadults
- Recommended Aquatic Arts 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. Bottom-dwelling tankmates should also be avoided.