Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &
Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani &

Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani 'Type 3'), USA Bred!

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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 incredible Cherax crayfish hybrid is a USA-Bred rarity and our juveniles are already showing exceptional coloration!

The Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish (Cherax pulcher x C. boesemani 'Type 3') is a hybrid of two exceptionally colorful species that are native to Western Papua New Guinea.  Deep blue and orange are distinctly shown on this crayfish, as is the striking pink coloration that is typical of the Thunderbolt Crayfish. We are very excited to offer USA-bred specimens of this rarity.
This particular crayfish is relatively active and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food. The Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods, although plant matter is particularly important as it reaches adulthood. This crayfish will eat ornamental live plants. 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 Thunderbolt Blue Moon 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 Thunderbolt Blue Moon Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch. 

As with all of our crayfish, the coloration of the Thunderbolt Blue Moon 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. Juveniles may be missing a claw, which will regenerate very quickly due to the growth and molting rate at this size.


What We Like About This Crayfish:
  • Very rare USA-bred hybrid
  • Consistently excellent blue, orange, and pink coloration
  • Less aggressive than many other crayfish
  • Easy to feed
  • Excellent scavenger  
  • Temperature: 68° - 80° F (20° - 26.7° C)
  • pH: 7.0 - 8.0
  • 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: Western Papua New Guinea
  • Average adult size: 5 - 6 inches (12.7 - 15.2 cm)
  • Average purchase size: 1+ inch (1.25+ cm)
  • Recommended Aquatic Arts tank mates: Fast-moving fish (such as Celestial Pearl Danios, Rasboras, Guppies, etc.).  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.  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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