Species Spotlight: Cambarellus texanus “Brazos dwarf crayfish”

Posted by on August 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Species Spotlight: Cambarellus texanus “Brazos dwarf crayfish”

I just got in a new (to me) species of dwarf Crayfish and I am in LOVE. They are similar in care to CPO, and are originally native to Texas. Their common name is the Brazos dwarf cray, and they range in color from tan to blue, some of them having prominent striping on their back. Gentle in nature, but sassy as dwarf crayfish are, they accept a wide range of parameters and are easy to breed. They seem to be a bit more mild in behavior than Cambarellus patzcuarensis, and are slightly more petite at adult size. All in all, they are a lovely little crayfish, safe with plants and small fishes, and would make a great addition to a small community tank. As with any other crayfish species, one should provide small caves or areas to hide after they molt, when they are most vulnerable to each other, or fishes in the tank. These would be a good candidate to line breed out the blue color, and would be a fun project.