One of the most popular members of a freshwater tank, the Mexican Dwarf Crayfish will add life and color to your treasured aquarium. They look like tiny, tiny lobsters, and have a bright color to match.
|Care Level:||Moderate difficulty|
|Size:||~2 inches (5 cm)|
|Minimum Tank Size:||5 gallons (10 is better)|
|Tank Set-Up:||Freshwater, pH 6-8|
|Compatibility:||Keep away from large fish and crayfish|
|Temperature:||Kee60° – 75° F (16° – 24° C)|
Mexican Dwarf Crayfish, or Cambarellus patzcuarensis, is as the name suggests, mini versions of the crayfish you’re familiar with. Their appearance resembles a lobster; their size, a shrimp.
There are a few different varieties of the Mexican Dwarf Crayfish, and they have a number of different nicknames. The Cambarellus Patzcuarensis Orange crayfish shortens to CPO crayfish, so if you see that moniker, it likely refers to the brilliantly orange-colored crayfish we’re talking about here.
Note: There’s also a very cool-looking blue spotted one, the Blue Brazos Dwarf Crayfish (Cambarellus texanus) that is very similar in behavior and necessary care.