Australian Red Claw Lobster (Cherax quadricarinatus) Approximately 2 inches long
Maximum Standard Length: 8 inches (20 cm)
Temperature: 55 - 84°F Optimum 75 - 77°F (24 - 25 °C)
Nitrite: 0.3 ppm (mg/L) or less
pH: 7.5 - 8.0
Hardness: above 50 ppm (mg/L)
Alkalinity: above 100 ppm (mg/L)
Chloride: 50 ppm (mg/L) or above
Total Ammonia: 0.5 ppm (mg/L) or less
Diet: They are garbage bellies. They will eat just about anything but it is important to remember that the majority of their diet is be vegetable. You can generally feed them anything that falls to the bottom like catfish pellets, flake food, bloodworms, even cucumbers and squashes.
Behavior and Compatibility: They are known to be escape artists so a tight lid or cover on the aquarium is recommended. They will also destroy live plants in a planted tank. They will eat other fish but there is no shortage of debates between enthusiasts about not having an issues vs having issues. If their conditions are optimal and they are kept well fed you probably won't have many issues however there is no guarantee. Their life span is about four to five years.
Maintenance: They enjoy clean clear aerated water. Some enthusiasts claim that they become escape artists when there isn't enough oxygen in their tank. Around 10 - 14 hours of a light per day however they don't like really bright light.