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02-03-2013 08:55 AM
waterfaller1 I never had luck. I hope yours do well for you.
02-02-2013 10:16 PM
CherokeeNative 4 months later. I had two I ordered from died right away and the other is hanging in there but isn't "right." He lays on his back sometimes and I think he is dead but then the next thing I know, he is up on a tall lava rock -both of his pincers are damaged - one is just a pointer and the other doesnt open and close.

I just received 3 more from EDIT and they are much healthier and raring to go. I have them currently in a HOB breeder box separated in individual sections while they acclimate - one molted during shipment so I want to wait to put them in the tank until I am sure the one has had time to "harden."

I intend to take the not "right" one and put him in the HOB breeder box until he molts and hopefully his pincers will come in new. So, I am waiting on him to come out and do one of his "lay on his back" things so I can catch him and then drop in the new three.

I am curious what water perimeters these guys need. Are there supplements that need to be added to the water to help their molting and exskeleton? I feed them HBH Crab and Lobster bits that is made especially for crustations. Anyone have any additional information they would like to throw my way would be fabulous.
09-19-2012 11:27 AM
acitydweller Nearly a year later, I'm looking for one long do these guys live in captivity?
11-30-2011 09:31 AM
waterfaller1 I purchased my last one for cheap, the price has come down. But she was not very orange at all. I have given up keeping shrimp or fw inverts,other than nerite snails. I just don't seem to be able to keep them long term.
11-29-2011 06:28 PM
ucdchan Actually they're pretty easy to breed and they DO breed true all the time.
And price has came down to around $20 a pair: CPO Crayfish

As for water, I would recommend PH of around 7.5 and temperature at 70 degrees. They are shrimp and plant friendly for the most part, but they will not say no to easy meals if there are injured shrimps nearby . Their claws are pretty small so it's pretty rare that they can catch a healthy shrimp.

Originally Posted by fishsandwitch View Post
CPO is what they are called
hard to breed and they dont allways breed true.
expensive, at more than 50 a pair
should be fine in nuetral water, and fine with shrimps or plants or fish
09-14-2011 09:38 AM
waterfaller1 Wow..three years ago. I am getting one this week...wish me luck.
11-19-2008 12:29 AM
rich_one I am SO fascinated with this cray... one day... one day... lol...
11-18-2008 11:53 PM
Originally Posted by theemon View Post
i wouldnt mind getting a pair myself, i breed blue crayfish(P. alleni) and if you need any general info about crays im here, ive never had the dwarf orange ones, but id like some
I would love some info.
11-18-2008 10:18 PM
theemon i wouldnt mind getting a pair myself, i breed blue crayfish(P. alleni) and if you need any general info about crays im here, ive never had the dwarf orange ones, but id like some
11-15-2008 05:44 AM
waterfaller1 Thank you so much,Richard{am I right..oops}
I need to take some new ones. The female has started hanging out in the cave this last week. I took out a bunch of the stems, and added a couple tiny crypts and some guppy grass. It doesn't look as 'busy'. I named them after tanks from World War II..they remind me of tanks for some reason. They Are Sherman, and Atomic Annie.
11-14-2008 08:48 PM
NeonShrimp Great thread Carole, please post an update
09-30-2008 05:49 PM
waterfaller1 boy


wish I was a great
09-30-2008 04:20 PM
waterfaller1 Here is another cool cave I have..from a different artist
goby cave
09-30-2008 04:19 PM
waterfaller1 I will get some more pics later..these guys are exploring all over the cool.
I ordered one cave, and received four Laura! I will get the link later and pm it to you.
09-30-2008 04:14 PM
lauraleellbp So where are the pics, then?

Carole, where did you get that clay cave?
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