Australian Redclaw Crayfish, also known as Cherax Quadricarinatus, are amazing creatures that can grow to a huge size, nearly the size of a lobster! This is a species with considerable potential for commercial culture. The fact that it can withstand low oxygen levels and thrives in warm waters makes it well-suited to aquaculture and aquarium life as well. The Australian Redclaw Crayfish does best when water temperatures are between 75˚ and 85˚ F. They generally reach sexual maturity between six and 12 months of age. With their beautiful coloration, Redclaws are also often selected as pets for tropical aquariums. They are less aggressive than most crayfish, and reproduce rapidly and easily.
These crayfish are excellent escape artists! If your water level is near the top of the tank, if you have rocks and decor large enough for them to reach the surface, or if you have equipment such as airline tubing or heater cords that extend over the side of the tank, they will climb out. To reduce the likelihood of escape, equipment should be suspended overhead so that it does not touch the sides of the tank. If housed in an aquarium, a lid may be required.
* In the state of Florida, you must have a Florida Aquaculture License to own Australian Redclaw Crayfish. Before embarking on your new venture, please check with your own state and local laws concerning aquaculture.