Introduction to Tiger Shrimp
The Tiger Shrimp is an astonishing species to have in your shrimp collection. Its yellow tail and head beautifully contrast with the black stripes along the body. The Tiger Shrimp is in fact a species from the wild that is able to be easily bred in freshwater. As the Tiger Shrimp becomes more widespread throughout the hobby, it has become a popular species for the “novice” shrimp hobbyist. The Tiger Shrimp is a great “second step” due to the fact that it is slightly more complicated to breed than the Red Cherry Shrimp, can be housed with the Red Cherry Shrimp, and is economical than most other shrimp in the hobby.
- English name: Tiger Shrimp
- Scientific name: Caridina cf. cantonensis “Tiger”
- Origin: Southern China
- Size: 1″ to 1.2″ (2.5 – 3 cm)
- Water temperature: 59 -81F
- Water Parameters: PH Range 6.5-7.5, TDS 80-220
- Breeding Rate: Medium
- Behavior: Non-aggressive
- Difficulty: Easy
Tiger Shrimp Water Parameters
The water parameters for the Tiger Shrimp are generally the same as other Tiger Shrimp species. A pH around 18.104.22.168 is suitable. This species also favors soft water. Clean water is also a must as with all other shrimp and a temperature of around 76-78F seems to well suit the Tiger Shrimp best. This species will breed very well as long as it’s the water is clean and water parameters are proper.
Sexing of Tiger Shrimp
The female Tiger Shrimp are almost identical to the male Tiger Shrimp except for the round “undercarriage” below the female’s body. The overall width of the body is also distinctly larger in the female Tiger Shrimp. The coloration stays the same for both male and female. You can easily observe the difference if you see the photos of a pregnant Tiger Shrimp (below) and compare it with the picture of a male Tiger Shrimp (left).
Tiger Shrimp Breeding
Like all other species, the Tiger Shrimp will breed exceptionally well and reproduce around the clock as long as it is happy and healthy. The tank water must be very dirt free and free of the contaminants to make sure that the Tiger Shrimp is indeed happy. Each female Tiger Shrimp produces roughly 20-25 hatchlings and will do so continually if healthy. After hatching a batch of eggs, it takes no more than a week for the same female Tiger Shrimp to once again have eggs. Breeding this species is not complicated whatsoever and may be easier than breeding Red Cherry Shrimp.
Feeding Tiger Shrimp
Feeding the Tiger Shrimp is pretty easy. They eat anything from zucchini, blanched spinach, to algae wafers. Feeding is best done once a day. Only feed an amount of food that the shrimp can easily finish within 2-3 hours maximum. It is never sensible to feed in excess and have food sitting for too long. Overfeeding is a infamous cause of death and can also cause water quality issues.Remember that shrimp are scavengers in the wild. They will eat what they find and are not used to a constant food source 24/7. Not feeding for one or two days is okay and will not harm this species at all. But you should be quite careful about the diet and feeding period of the shrimp.
Tiger Shrimp for Sale
You are unlikely going to see Tiger Shrimp sold in your local commercial pet stores. They are usually bought from online breeders and importers throughout the world. They are the second most popular shrimp, with the red cherry shrimp coming in first. This is due to their hardiness, breeding capability, and ability to get along with other shrimp. Check out below for online vendors I personally recommend to buy your new Tiger Shrimp from.
Alpha Pro Breeders
The Shrimp Farm
The Shrimp Tank
The Shrimp Rack