Sunday, December 25, 2011

Crayfish as a Pet

Little Girls and Crayfish as Pet
Crayfish as a Pet. Red Claw Crayfish in United Kingdom is legal to keep as pet. Red Claw came from Australia. The water temperature should also be checked and must remain constant at room temperature. A pet crayfish can withstand pH levels of 7.0 to 8.0. with good water dan much oxygen.
Furthermore, crayfish likes to dig up holes and mark its territory. Crayfish also has a tendency to climb out of the aquarium if it can reach the top. It is best to avoid mixing the pet crayfish with tropical fish; rather it should be mixed with fish such as bass. All species of crayfish require clean, well oxygenated water. Crayfish will drown in stationary water in 6 hours due to the fact that oxygen will settle to the top of the water column out of their reach. Water parameters should be Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 10. When keeping a crayfish as a pet, it is suggested they are provided with a hiding space.

North American crayfish due best in waters between 60F & 75F with 72F being optimal. Australian crayfish are generally the same with the exception of Cherax Quadricarinatus (Australian Red claw). Keeping any crayfish in water warmer than they are used to in nature can cause your crayfish stress, make them grow faster which in turn will cause a shorter lifespan.  Red Claw lifespan about 5-6 years.
All crayfish can be a Pet, have basically the same requirements when it comes to food. All species of crayfish are great at escaping. Secure all openings around filter intakes, airlines etc.  Some activated carbon filters are moderately effective at removing some, but not all, heavy metals. Although some iron, manganese, and hydrogen sulfide will be removed by these higher quality activated carbon filters, a manganese greensand iron reduction filter is generally preferred to remove these contaminants as the effectiveness of carbon filter against iron and manganese is generally short-lived if the contaminant concentration is high. If You Want Crayfish as a Pet. Keep Water clean and have enough oxygen.
Chloramine (monochloramine) a toxic substance (NH2Cl) created by the chemical reaction of ammonia in your tank and sodium hypochlorite (chlorine bleach) left over in your tap water, even if filtered through carbon filters. You can buy catalytic carbon filters specifically designed for Chloramine removal which would prove better than charcoal (carbon) based filters. The Chlorine from the tap water would react to the ammonia in your water and produce Chloramine and then the filter would remove the Chloramine. To remove Chlorine you can boil the water.

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