Thunderbolt Crayfish (Cherax Pulcher)





Common Name: Thunderbolt Crayfish

Scientific name: Cherax Pulcher

Maximum Size: 5 – 6 inches (12.7 – 15.2 cm)


The Thunderbolt Crayfish (Cherax pulcher) is a newly discovered and extremely rare species of crayfish native to Western Papua, Indonesia.  With its remarkably eclectic coloration, this crayfish is without a doubt one of the most unique-looking crayfish in the world.  This crayfish is also commonly known as the Pink Coral Freshwater Lobster.  Deep blue, hot pink, emerald green, orange, white, and black are all distinctly shown on top specimens of this crayfish.  A 7-color spectrum is not found on any other freshwater crayfish!  The Thunderbolt Crayfish breeds easily in the aquarium, although the fry are extremely slow growing.

This particular crayfish is relatively active and spends plenty of time exploring the floor of the aquarium in search of food.  The Thunderbolt 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.

Recommended Tank Parameters:

1.Temperature: 65°- 78° F (18° – 25° C)

2.pH: 6.5 – 7.5

3.KH: 6 – 15 dKH

4.Minimum tank size: 30 gallons


1.Stunning blue, pink, purple, and emerald coloration

2.Less aggressive than many other crayfish

3.Easy to feed

4.Excellent scavenger


1. As it reaches adulthood, the Thunderbolt 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 of 55 gallon or larger aquarium can house multiple adults of similar size.  This is a reasonably hardy animal, but regular water changes are vital to its optimal health.

2. All pictures shown are for illustration purposes only. Actual product may vary due to natural variation with livestock.

3. If you purchased our pair product and one of the animals dead on arrival, we will only refund half of the price of the product.

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