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    Default Differentiation please - CPO or baby red lobster?

    Hi. How do you tell the difference between a CPO and a baby red lobster?
    Just want to make sure that what I've gotten are really CPOs and not those that will grow up huge and dig up my plants etc. I've gotten two but their colours aren't bright orange yet, perhaps stressed though I see two lines down their backs. I've had them before three years back but don't remember them digging my soil back then. These two look more aggressive and had started digging. So just needed to make sure they are really CPOs. Thanks!

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    Hi beetroot. Can you put some pictures for us? It would be very helpfull for a correct identification. There are some anatomic differences but the best way to be sure is by a picture of yours. Take a look at this one. It's a young Procambarus clarkii (Loussiana red crayfish) ad like you see, it's not needed to be red at all (they assume the color of the ecosystem they are):



    On the other hand, this is a an adult of CPO:

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    Hi Isaac

    Sorry for the late reply, as i couldn't load photos from my phone. Realise that i can only do so on my laptop...

    Here are some pictures, taken the first few days after purchase when they were still in my planted tank. I have since removed them, have a feeling they aren't the real McCoy... from their aggressiveness and they have grown a bit since it's been two weeks now.

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    Their legs and pincers are also much 'thinner' than a normal adult CPO, in my opinion.
    Well, what do you think? Thanks.

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    hi, i'm re-linking the pictures so that we can all view without logging in.

    taken 2 weeks ago, in my planted tank:


    taken today, now in a separate tank:


    let me know... thanks!!

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    Definitely looks like CPO to me

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    Yes, surely they're CPO.

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