How to Keep Your New Yucatan Crayfish
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Origins. As Sherlock says, “Betcha these dudes come from the
Size. Body-size, the ones (actually scores) we’ve seen top
out at around two inches plus claws. We say PLUS claws, because the
Weird Claws. Is that maybe the oddest claw you’ve ever seen
on a crawdad? They look like fungus is growing all over them –
like a dead chunk of meat. These
fuzzy claws help your
Not a Fish Threat.
Because of their strange food-straining claws,
Plant Killers. When we put a dozen 1.5-inchYucatan crayfish into a planted aquaria, they quickly (within one day) disassembled all the bunches of plants that had grown very well in that tank for months. Of course, they just may be partial to Rotala indica. Sturdier plants may hold up better.
Most crayfish like to fight.
Like most crayfish,
Limb Regeneration. Unlike humans and other dabblers in stem cell research, most decapods (10-leggers) can regenerate the arms and/or other limbs they carelessly left at the bodega. It will start small and grow with each molt.
Exoskeleton. Like other arthropods, Yucatan crayfish have no bones. Their muscles attach to their exoskeleton or hard outer shell. As they grow, they shed their “shells” and go into a “soft shell” phase. Other critters love to eat them at this tasty and helpless phase. Most crayfish usually eat their own shells.
Unlike most crayfish which live in burrows,
“Berry Phase.” Females carry their eggs under their tail for a couple of weeks and carry the babies for another three weeks. You’ll also see a few more paragraphs of info about the Yucatans when you go to Crayfish.
Yucatan crayfish eat plants as mentioned earlier.
That’s one bad point. And
since you can’t seine them out of the creek just down the hill, they
cost more than regular crayfish – 12 to 30 times as much.
But you CAN keep them in your community tank without losing fish
every night. LA
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Later Add-ons. We lost our Yucatan crayfish colonyso we decided not to do a second page on them. Here' the several photos we had planned to use.
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