(5) Mexican Dwarf Orange Crayfish (CPO)

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Temperature Range: 55-79 F
Hardness Range: 6-12dkh
Life Span: 2-3 years
Size: 1-1.5 inches
Diet: Omnivorous
Habitat: aquatic

CPO Dwarf Orange crayfish come from Mexico and are very easy to keep. These crayfish are able to live in tanks as small as 10 gallons if given food regularly and many hiding places available.  You should always have more places for them to hide than you have crayfish. They are more aggressive than other crayfish so you should only keep a male and a female or two if you’re working with a smaller tank. They will need plenty of places to hide and feel safe or they will try to climb out of your aquarium and are quite capable of doing so. The Dwarf Crayfish isn’t as hard on plants as some of the other crayfish aquarists keep and if given enough other food will even leave your live plants alone. You can give blanched veggies such as zucchini and spinach for treats. They will clean up your algae and excess fish food. Males tend to have larger claws then the female. Unlike many crayfish, they are not nocturnal so you will be able to enjoy their movement during the day. You’ll want to house with small, fast moving fish or shrimp as they may be able to catch larger, slower moving animals. Crayfish should be kept in a tank with a close fitting lid.