Australian Red Claw Crayfish Care Sheet

  • Australian Red Claw Crayfish 
  • Family: Parastacidae 
  • Genus: Cherax 
  • Species: C. quadricarinatue 

This is based on my option and my experience at my commercial farm.

Water Temp: 70-85F – the lowest temperature I have had them is 58F with no ill affects.
PH: 7.0-8.5
Hardness: Hard water is recommended for shell growth
Food: Omnivorous- Flake Food, sinking catfish food, vegetables
Active: Night
Life Span: 3-5 Years
Size: Body- 10 inches
With Claws- 14-16 inches
Min Tank Size: 55gal
Hiding Place: 2 per animal

  • My water parameters as of 06/07/17 (Deep Well Water)
CO2= 16mg/L
H2S= 0
CACO3=140 mg/L

  • My feed I use at my farm- 
Wordley Tropical Fish Flake Food (Morning Feed Light)
Zeigler Premium Shrimp Grower Feed (Night Feed)
Bloodworms (Once a week) Seems to promote breeding
Fresh/Frozen Vegetables- they really like green peas (5 times a week)

  • Acclimating- 
  1. Float your unopened in the water that they will introduced to adjust the temperature of the shipping water slowly 
  2. Air line/stone 
  3. Open bag and insert airline or pour into a container with airline
  4. Add tank water to adjust them to your PH *** Add water very slowly to your crayfish, don’t add enough at once to cover the crayfish completely. This acclimates their gill back to being submerged.
  5. Repeat #4 every 5-10 mins till the crayfish is covered
  6. Net them out of the water and add them to your tank. (DO NOT ADD SHIPPING WATER TO YOUR SYSTEM)


  • Cycling your tank: I know you hear this all the time but it is very important to have your tank cycled before introducing juvenile red claw. They are very sensitive to nitrate; I have seen them die within 10 hours at 5ppm nitrate. 


  • Hides: You will need appropriate size hides in your tanks, 3 inch PVC for adults. You can use a verity of hides including PVC and rock caves. They feel comfortable in sung areas with only 1(one) opening. We recommend 2 hides per crayfish.


  • Tank Mates: Slow moving fish maybe come food; I have seen adult red claws catch tilapia in cooler water temp when the tilapia become sluggish.