Crayfish Aquarium Set Up

About: Maker | Researcher ---- Interested in Hydroponics, DIY, Upcycling, Vegetables, Crayfish, Goldish, Houseplants Plants, Chickens

Hello everyone!!!

Here is my tutorial for how to set up an aquarium for the Australian Red Claw Crayfish, Cherax Quadricarinatus, which is an edible crayfish found is some aquaponic systems.

Red claws can grow to be 20cm long and need a minimum 30cm x 30cm floor space in a tank. Unlike normal aquarium set ups were the volume is the most important factor, here you want to go for the largest floor space you can find, irrespective of the volume. Tall tanks are a not the one!!

  • Red claws are a fresh water crayfish, enjoying water around 25 C.
  • They eat mainly fresh vegetables like peas, courgette and seaweed but can also be feed sinking algae waffers.
  • Hides are essential in your tank set up.


List of items you will need:

  1. My tank -
  2. Hides - bogwood, coconuts, catfish hides, rocks, pvc pipe
  3. Filter mesh / foam
  4. A section of 12mm aquarium hose
  5. An aquarium heater
  6. An aquarium pump
  7. 25kg of aquarium sand
  8. Ceramic filter media (volume will depend on the size of your baffle
  9. Wire mesh wth small holes
  10. Plastic sponge
  11. Sheet of 6mm acylic
  12. Aquarium safe silicon
  13. A lid - I used a growbag tray
  14. Something heavy - I used some space wood

Baffle tutorial

UK Crayfish supplier

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them here or in the comment section of the YouTube video.


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    2 years ago

    This is neat! I haven't seen crayfish kept as pets before :) If you would like to break down the steps into written instructions and add some progress/step photos so that others can replicate your projects then it will receive more attention from the community and be possible to be featured on the site.