A Yabbie makes an interesting addition to the home aquarium; they breathe through gills that are situated along each side of the body. For this reason good aeration and filtration are important for their well-being
Cherax destructor is the most widely distributed Cherax species in Australia, and ranges through parts of South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and even the Northern Territory.
In nature yabbies are true scavengers, in the aquarium they will eat anything fish eat. Any sinking food is fine.
As yabbies grow they regularly shed their outer skeleton (moult) and at this time may be attacked and eaten by large fish eg. fully grown Oscars. They are quite safe in with average community tank species. If for any reason yabbies lose claws or limbs these will be re-grown over the next few moults.
Yabbies, as with other invertebrates, are sensitive to copper in water, therefore do not use aquarium medications containing copper in their tank.
If plants or decorations reach near the top of the aquarium, a coverglass should be used as yabbies may escape under these circumstances.
Some handy hints and tips:
- Best fed in the evening when they are not so active otherwise competition for food causes injury.
- Add plenty of hiding places (ie. PVC pipe, pots, mesh hides)
- Prefer a gravel base in pond/tank
- Protect pump cables from claws – wrap with conduit/hose
- Feed with yabby pellets – approx 1 pellet per animal per day
- Yabbies can climb out – you may need to cover top with netting
- Yabbies are omnivorous, they will eat fish if they can catch them
- Most vulnerable when shedding – don’t move or touch
- Stocking rate up to 100 per 1000lt with good filtration & oxygen
- Wide tolerance to a range of temperatures and conditions
HOW TO INTRODUCE YOUR NEW FISH
- Always quarantine your new fish to observe health and behaviour prior to introduction to your main aquarium.
- Make sure you check your water quality before adding new fish. Do a water change if required and check pH and GH.
- Sit the unopened bag in the top of the tank and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes for the temperature to equalise.
- Open the bag and pour fish and water into a bucket. Slowly add 1 cup of tank water into the bucket. Repeat this process every 5 minutes until you have doubled the water volume in the bucket.
- After another 5 minutes take your fish from the bucket with a clean fish net and release into your aquarium. DO NOT use the water from the bucket – throw this water away.
- A prophylactic treatment of the tank with Melafix, De Stress and or a broad spectrum anti biotic treatment, can help fish overcome the stress of getting relocated which often can bring illness.
Duty of care.
- Please be aware that all livestock images used are for example only as it is not possible to photograph and publish individual animals.
- eQuaria delivers live fish to local customers only within the Perth metro region.
- eQuaria recommends that all fish are quarantined for a period of 14 days in a separate aquarium prior to introduction to your main aquarium
- The duty of care for your fish passes to you on receipt.