The Blue Florida
Crayfish, Procambarus alleni, grows up to 15 cm in length
and can tolerate temperatures from 10 - 22 degrees Celsius (50 - 70 Fahrenheit)
so it is recommended that the aquarium not be heated. These crayfish need
oxygen, so an air stone at the bottom of the aquarium is recommended. The
aquarium should be completely covered. Crayfish will climb out of the tank
and then die of dehydration.
Crayfish do best on shrimp pellets and
live blackworms. Each crayfish needs a secure sanctuary within their
aquarium, to feel secure. Crayfish
will seek this sanctuary on a regular basis, especially during and right after
There are very few safe tankmates with crayfish.
This is because most tankmates either get eaten by the crayfish, or eat
the crayfish. Crayfish are
especially vulnerable when their shells are soft, and when they are weakened,
right after moulting. Cichlids
are noted for eventually dining on crayfish.
Also, many tankmates get ruled out because they require tropical
temperatures. Crayfish generally
need room temperature