The exotic, ivory white coloring of this crayfish will surely make this beautiful animal the centerpiece of your aquarium! The White Specter Crayfish is a beautiful white variant of the similar species of the Electric Blue Crayfish (Procambarus alleni). This crayfish is also commonly known as the Vanilla Crawfish or Vanilla Lobster, though true lobsters do not exist in freshwater. This species originates from the Southeastern United States but all of our specimens are tank-bred. Like most Procambarus species, the White Specter Crayfish reaches maturity very quickly and breeds easily in the aquarium. In fact, many of our specimens have bred in our tanks at our facility!
Though most crayfish are often reclusive by nature, this particular crayfish is very active by comparison and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food. The White Specter Crayfish is an omnivorous scavenger and will eat most any meaty or plant-based foods. This crayfish should not be kept with ornamental live plants as it will eat them at a surprising rate.
As it reaches adulthood, the White Specter Crayfish will become relatively territorial, so it may behave aggressively towards other animals in the tank. It is important that ample hiding places such as rockwork, driftwood, or PVC pipes be provided. This is even more crucial when housing multiple crayfish in the same tank. Due to the size and waste production of this crayfish, a minimum 30-gallon, well-filtered aquarium is necessary for one adult. A larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size. This is a very hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health. Other bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fish should not be kept with large crayfish. It is possible to keep mid- and upper-level, fast-swimming fish with the White Specter Crayfish, but crayfish are opportunistic feeders and will generally eat whatever they can catch.