- peaceful crayfish
- absolutely fascinating coloration
- does not go to plants
- from 80 cm aquarium length
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The with 12 to 15 cm body length growing medium sized Blue Pink Crayfish aka Hoak Creak Crayfish was only described in 2015 as a new species Cherax pulcher. It is closely related to the Cherax "Blue Moon" and originates like the latter from Papua. It became known under the name Cherax sp. "Hoa Creek". Its purple to pink dorsal coloration, blue legs and claws, and pale to white areas are simply beautiful in combination. Adult males have white claw blisters. Females can be identified by the gonopores (sexual openings) at the base of the third pair of walking legs, males also have these openings but at the origin of the fifth pair of legs.
Cherax pulcher behaves very peacefully with ornamental fish and dwarf shrimp. It should not be socialized with other crayfish, crabs, fan shrimp and long arm shrimp. Special care must be taken with North American crayfish, which can potentially transmit crayfish plague and for this reason should not come into contact with the Papuan Blue Pink Crayfish. Even in the water from an aquarium with Amrican crayfish, pathogens can be present, so a strict separation is really advisable. It is possible to keep it in the aquarium with snails, if you realize that snails are also part of its food spectrum in nature and that the Blue Pink Crayfish definitely eats snails.
You can keep a pair of the magnificently colored Cherax pulcher in an aquarium with an edge length of 80 cm or more. The prerequisite is of course that the tank is well structured and that you offer the crayfish hiding places with roots, stones and special crayfish burrows made of clay. Plants are usually not eaten, and since the Cherax pulcher also does not dig very strongly, usually also not dug out. If you want to be completely safe, you should get hard-leaved plants like Anubias or Congo fern.
The breeding of the Blue Pink Crayfish is possible without problems in freshwater. The females have a relatively long gestation period of seven to nine weeks compared to other crayfish species. The young crayfish also grow quite slowly. A lot of brown oak and beech foliage should be used in the breeding tank. On the one hand, this foliage prevents the eggs from becoming fungal, on the other hand, it offers a vast amount of hiding places, which is very beneficial for the young crayfish.
The foliage is also eaten very gladly by old animals as well as young crayfish. Besides foliage, special crayfish food is of course also very suitable for Cherax pulcher, food on vegetable basis and also protein containing food like frozen food or a small piece of frozen fish - unseasoned of course.
Cherax pulcher prefers soft to medium hard water, ideal is a GH of over 6 and a pH between 6 and 7.5. The water should in no case be too cool, the temperature of 20 °C should not be undercut in the aquarium . The value of 25 °C marks the upper end of the comfort range of the Blue Pink Crayfish.
Our food recommendation: Freshwater crayfish have a very varied diet in the wild. The Natureholic Crayfish Feed Sticks contain in a biologically balanced form only those ingredients that these crayfish in this or similar form to their natural food spectrum. This naturally supports and promotes moulting, growth and reproduction. Due to their protein content they are ideally suited for omnivorous crayfish of the genera Procambarus, Cambarus, Cambarellus, Astacus and the Cherax crayfish from Australia, which are basically omnivores that like to eat animal as well as vegetable food. The crayfish of the genus Cherax from Papua also like to eat a portion of animal food when they are young, but later they switch mainly to plant food.
Our plant recommendation: Use for planting NatureHolic InVitros. These are free of snails, planaria and other unwanted co-inhabitants. Also free of algae spores, bacteria and fungi.
Expert Tip: We recommend for fish keeping the NatureHolic 3 Phase Liquid. The care set offers the best all-round protection for your animals. It ensures optimal conditions for successful breeding and keeping.
|Scientific name:||Cherax pulcher Lukhaup, 2015|
|German Name:||Blue pink crayfish, Hoa Creek crayfish, Irian Jaya crayfish|
|Difficulty level:||suitable for beginners|
|Origin/Distribution:||Papua New Guinea, Papua/Indonesia|
|Coloration:||pink to purple abdomen and head carapace, legs and claw arms blue, white markings, males with white claw blisters|
|Age expectancy:||2 to 5 years|
|Water parameters:||GH to 20, KH to 10, pH 6.5 to 7.5, temperature 20 to 25 °C|
|Tank size:||80 cm and up for a pair, but we recommend a size of at least 100 cm for successful breeding|
|Food:||Natureholic crayfish food, brown autumn leaves, nettles, flake food, granulated food or food tabs, vegetables, frozen food|
|Reproduction:||relatively easy, after four to six weeks 40 to 80 young crayfish hatch, needing lots of hiding places|
|Socialization:||with shrimps, possibly with peaceful small to medium sized fish|
|Further information||Sex differences crayfish, shrimp, crayfish, snails & mussels feed properly, Cherax aquarium crayfish - keeping in the aquarium|
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