5 Tiger Shrimp

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5 Tiger Shrimp

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Product Description

Scientific Name: Caridina cantonensis
Other Scientific Names: N/A
Common Name: Tiger Shrimp
Other Common Names: Blonde Tiger Shrimp
Origin: Taiwan
Found in the wild: Yes

PH Range: 6.0 - 7.25
Temperature Range: 68 - 75
Hardness Range: 2 - 10 dkh
Life Span: 1 - 2 years
Gestation Period: 30 days
Ideal pH: 6.5
Ideal Temperature: 72
Ideal Hardness: 3 dkh
Size: 1" - 2"
Diet: Omnivore


Tiger Shrimp History

The Tiger shrimp comes from South East Asia, and was one of the first Caridina species to become popular in The United States after the Amano shrimp was introduced. There are 3 color variations of this aquarium shrimp available in the hobby: the Wild Type, Blue Tiger shrimp and the Black Tiger shrimp

Tiger Shrimp Care

Tiger shrimp are one of the easiest Caridina species to care for. They do prefer softer and slightly acidic water. Adult shrimp can adapt to harder more alkaline water but their lifespan may be affected and breeding will be greatly reduced and sometimes even prevented. As long as the aquarium water is slightly acidic and soft, the Tiger shrimp requires no special attention. As with all Dwarf shrimp it is important to keep all water parameters constant.

Tiger Shrimp Diet

Being superb for aquarium algae control, Tiger shrimp are natural algae eaters, and will be seen grazing on algae often. When the Tiger shrimp is kept in larger groups it is often necessary to add extra food for the shrimp. As with most other Dwarf shrimp, the Tiger shrimp will happily accept food intended for bottom feeding fish and any aquatic invertebrates. They are also very fond of blanched vegetables.

Tiger Shrimp Breeding

If all water parameters are kept constantly within the Tiger shrimps requirements and a male and female are present the Tiger shrimp will breed easily. The males and females can be difficult to sexually differentiate, but the female has a bit larger and wider tail section in order to carry the eggs. Also, when the female is sexually mature you may be able to see a saddle on the female if her coloration allows.

Tiger Shrimp Behavior

Generally a non-aggressive Dwarf shrimp, the Tiger shrimp can be quite a fascinating shrimp to observe. They do not harm any other aquarium inhabitants, and get along with most other Dwarf shrimp (make sure to check the Dwarf shrimp Compatibility Chart to find what shrimp should not be kept together). When there are no predators present in an aquarium the Tiger shrimp will be quite active, foraging and cleaning the aquarium of algae.

Special Notes

As with all aquatic invertebrates it is important to make sure copper does not get into the aquarium. Copper is toxic to all Dwarf shrimp. Many medications contain elevated levels of copper, so it is recommended not to medicate an aquarium with Dwarf shrimp in it