Pet crayfish can be a really fun and interesting hobby. These little critters are really cool to watch. They move stones to burrow in. They climb up ornaments in the tank. The chase fish… And sometimes they fight other crayfish.
At any rate, when I bought my crayfish, I decided to get an electric blue crayfish because of their awesome color. It almost seems unnatural at first glance. From there, I had to learn the essentials of electric blue crayfish care if I was going to keep my little guy alive, happy and healthy.
We All Need a Home
The first thing I did before I even got my crayfish was to get a fish tank. Personally I recommend a fish tank of at least ten gallons. This is because once you get your crayfish, you are going to want to get him some tank mates. – Other fish that he can hang out with, chase and well, sometimes even eat. (It happens.)
Set Up the Tank
After you get your tank, you have to set it up. First you will add gravel, ornaments and a hideout for your crayfish. The hideout is needed so your crayfish can hide and burrow when he molts or else other fish and crayfish may attach him.
You will also need to cycle the tank and get its natural waste and toxin removal system going strong before you add any fish or crayfish to the tank. If not, you could end up killing everything. This would be no fun! Cycling your tank is an absolute necessary piece of electric blue crayfish care.
You don’t want your little guy to be alone. So you will want to get him some friends. Also, adding fish to the tank can make things much more interesting. There will be much more action.
One thing to remember though is that with a ten gallon fish tank, you will want to be careful about how many fish you put into the tank. Too many fish will produce too much waste. – And this can harm your fish.
When you do decide to go out and get some fish for your tank, you need to know which types of fish will work best with a crayfish. Crayfish love to eat fish of course, so if they get their claws on any of your fish, it’s over. For this very reason, you will want to get fish who are fast and/or swim near the top of the tank. I recommend tiger barbs, hatchet fish, red tail shark, danios, etc.
Crayfish can make okay tank mates too, but crayfish are very territorial and can and will eat each other if push comes to shove. If you do get another crayfish, especially for a ten gallon, make sure you have a separate hideout for each and always make sure they are of the same species.
Feeding your critter is obviously a very important part of electric blue crayfish care. Crayfish are omnivores. They love to eat fish and they eat plants too. Personally I feed my crayfish a sinking wafer every day and give him a feeder fish from time to time.
That pretty much sums it up. If you pay attention to these four points outlined, you should have no problem with your crayfish.
Elvis Jackson Jr.