How To Breed Tiger Shrimp?

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion concerning Tiger Shrimp breeding issues on some of the message forums I frequent (Caridina sp.). Why are so many people finding it difficult to breed this shrimp?

Similar to Cherry Shrimp (Neocaridina heteropoda), Tiger Shrimp can survive in most aquarium water conditions; however, Tiger Shrimp do not typically reproduce profusely.

I’ve discovered that when Tiger Shrimp are housed in ideal conditions, breeding happens freely and frequently. I give my shrimp daily, and maybe twice daily, modest amounts of food. I think that all shrimp, including the Tiger Shrimp, can reproduce and grow more quickly if they have a consistent, stable food source.

A Tiger Shrimp matures completely in my experience in a little under two months, and in an experiment I ran (Birth to Berry – Tiger Shrimp Edition), it took precisely 41 days.

cultivating orange tiger shrimp

The Tangerine Tiger Shrimp may reproduce swiftly and in large quantities. To make this happen, just the right circumstances must be created. As I’ve already mentioned, it’s important to maintain steady water conditions and make sure there is adequate food in the tank, particularly during the breeding season.

A totally freshwater species called Caridina serrata has a short larval life cycle without planktonic stages. In 3 to 4 months, Tangerine Tiger shrimp reach sexual maturity, depending on the temperature.

As water temperatures rise at the commencement of the summer monsoon, reproduction is typically constrained to the rainy season in nature. We are able to breed them all year round in the aquariums since we are not constrained by these factors.

Prior to mating, females shed their skin and emit a chemical into the water to entice males. This tells the male shrimp that the female is ready to spawn, causing them to swim frantically around the tank in search of her.

The size of the female herself affects how many eggs are laid by each female. It typically contains between 30 and 40 eggs.

The female will maintain the eggs under its tail for the entire incubation period (depending on the temperature it can range from 4 to 5 weeks). You will observe it frequently using pleopods to fan its eggs.

The Caridina Serrata juveniles are hatching as miniature versions of the adult Tangerine Tiger shrimp. Despite being quite small (less than 2 mm in length), they are totally autonomous. The same feeding preferences apply to Tangerine Tiger shrimplets.

Do not bother about their coloring at this time. As the young mature, it will become more acute.

the raising of blue tiger shrimp

Due to the lack of a larval stage after hatching, raising blue tiger shrimp is not extremely challenging. You will notice berried (eggs under the abdomen) females once they have adapted to their environment and if the water conditions are suitable for them.

The female will keep the eggs for the entire incubation period (depending on the temperature it can range from 28 to 36 days). You will observe it frequently using pleopods to fan its eggs.

The female will then release up to 30 to 40 fully grown shrimplets. The young of this species hatch as tiny duplicates of the adults; they are completely autonomous at hatching and are no longer than 2 mm in length. As the young mature, they will resemble typical tiger shrimp, with their blue coloration growing darker and more dramatic.

I’ve already mentioned that blue tiger shrimp do not reproduce naturally. Be prepared for the fact that some newborn shrimp will be blue in hue while others will not. The Orange Eyed Tiger Shrimp or Blonde Tiger Shrimp is the common name for the non-blue shrimplets.

The exact proportion of blue vs. non-blue baby tiger shrimp is unknown, which is unfortunate. However, breeding the blue species will result in a higher percentage of blue offspring, according to common sense.

Please take note that tiny shrimp can be pushed into hang on the back (HOB) or canister filters, therefore you must cover the input.

Details Regarding Tiger Prawns:

One of the most widely cultivated shrimp species worldwide is the tiger prawn. Over 650,000 tons of tiger shrimp were produced by aquaculture worldwide in 2013. (virtually all produced in Asia). The European Union receives the majority of these farmed tiger shrimp exports. The intense competition from other tiger shrimp species is putting pressure on the European market. However, Northern, Western, and Southern Europe’s food service industries continue to value gigantic tiger shrimp as a key product.

The life history stages of tiger prawns are quickly completed, and they mature quickly. Adults live on cushy surfaces. Tiger prawns reproduce internally, in contrast to many aquatic invertebrates. Females expel a large number of fertilized eggs after mating, and these eggs soon hatch. Prior to relocating to the preferred adult habitat around the time of development, planktonic larvae and juveniles reside in estuaries and the open ocean, respectively. The tiger prawn’s shell is essentially a skeleton on the outside of its body, much like in all decapods. Because the exoskeleton does not increase, the prawn must frequently molt or lose it in order to become larger. An individual starts constructing a new, bigger skeleton inside the old one before molting. It splits open the outer shell when it becomes too large to be contained, and the new exoskeleton hardens. The new exoskeleton may be fragile for several hours during this process, making the shrimp extremely exposed to predators.

Tiger prawns in adulthood are omnivorous and consume a variety of foods, including decaying organic debris, algae and plant matter, and other invertebrates. Many invertebrates and the majority of soft-bottom fishes consume both young and adult tiger prawns. In the majority of its range, this species is the target of a sizable fishery. The major gear used to capture these species is of concern to environmentalists and resource managers. Bottom trawl is used to get Black Tiger prawns. This procedure is known to seriously harm the environment of the seafloor and to capture a staggering number of non-target animals. Inadvertently caught in prawn trawls are numerous species of sea turtles, sharks, rays, bony fish, and other invertebrates. An alternate gear type that is better for the environment is the usage of prawn traps. Traps cause a lot less harm to the ocean floor than bottom trawls and are not linked to the high incidental bycatch rates that they do. Traps are regrettably much less profitable for fishermen, and they might not be a viable alternative for individuals who depend on selling tiger prawns for a career.

The extensive aquaculture of the tiger prawn raises further questions. While aquaculture can reduce fishing pressure on some species’ natural populations, tiger prawn cultivation is extremely detrimental to coastal ecosystems. Mangrove forests are mostly threatened by prawn farming since these trees are destroyed when farms are constructed. Invasive populations of Tiger prawns have been documented in certain locations across the world as a result of their release from farms outside of their natural area. Lastly, overfishing of tiger prawns that are cultivated in ponds and fed by forage fish.


Variations of the Caridina Tiger shrimp are frequently used in crossbreeding with non-tiger species.

If breeders are looking to create new morphs with orange eyes, black tigers are a suitable option. In essence, Black Tigers are simply Orange Eye Blue Tigers that have been bred over time to acquire even darker colors.

When breeding hybrids, you can never be sure what you’ll get, but adding Tiger DNA can result in some interesting and distinctive varieties.

Read our article on how to breed shrimp for advice and pointers if you’re trying to establish a colony.


A tiger shrimp and a crystal shrimp hybrid is a fancy tiger shrimp. They typically have stunning splashes of patterns and shapes covering their bodies in addition to inheriting the coloration of the crystal parent. This morph has only been selectively bred and is only found in captivity.

A Crystal Red parent will have produced a Red Fancy Tiger, and a Crystal Black parent will have produced a Black Fancy Tiger.

Are tiger shrimp simple to reproduce?

Because of their interesting color patterns and ease of upkeep, the Tangerine Tiger Shrimp is a preferred option for freshwater shrimp aficionados. In contrast to many other Caridinas, Tangerine Tiger Shrimp are resilient and adaptable to a variety of water conditions.

Does the tiger shrimp interbreed?

Shrimps from freshwater are little but adorable. Why not combine various shrimp species to create an aquarium with a lovely combination of vibrant colors?

Some shrimps have specific water requirements, and in addition, different shrimp can interbreed or crossbreed in the same tank. Hybrids that don’t retain the colors of their parents are produced when various species or color variants of the same species interbreed. They’ll be brand-new in some way.

Is creating new creatures cool? It’s not normally the case; the majority of these shrimps resemble members of their species in the wild. They will shrink and lose their color. These shrimps are typically more transparent, light gray, or pale in color. Although I haven’t personally encountered any “hybrids,” many claim that they are simply unattractive.

Finding the scientific names of two shrimp and comparing them is the quickest approach to determine whether they will interbreed. A scientific name’s genus and species are present at the beginning. For instance, neocaridina heteropoda var. “red” is the scientific name of the popular red cherry shrimps (RCS). Its genus and species are Neocaridina heteropoda. Crystal red shrimp (CRS), also known as Caridina cf. cantonensis “Crystal Red,” is another common freshwater shrimp. Caridina cf. cantonensis is the name of the genus and species.

Shrimps from the same genus and species will breed together and produce hybrids for you. Shrimps of the same genus do occasionally, but not always, interbreed.

As you can see, the red cherry shrimp (RCS) and the crystal red shrimp (CRS) belong to distinct genera, so there is a good chance that they won’t breed. Yellow and blue pearl shrimp (Neocaridina cf. zhangjiajiensis var. “blue” and “yellow,” respectively) are two more examples. They will hybridize.

The good news is that various genus of shrimp won’t interbreed for sure and can be kept safely together.

Your chore of choosing species that can coexist in one aquarium is made easier by a chart. Look at the following link.

Since shrimps do not reproduce like other organisms, where you can cross two species and combine the greatest traits, making hybrids is pointless. A Yellow Shrimp and a Blue Pear Shrimp cannot be crossed to produce a “Green Shrimp.” Unfortunately, the only method to develop a strain with color is by selective breeding. A shrimp strain with an intriguing color should be isolated from wild shrimp for selective breeding. Desired color can then pass along between generations.

Contrary to what was previously stated, I must add that there are instances where it makes sense to create hybrids, and the end product can be stunning shrimps with a stable genus. If this interests you, look for Panda shrimp and KingKong shrimp.

Can you breed shrimp with different colors?

Even for novices, freshwater shrimp is quickly becoming a very popular option. These tiny invertebrates offer color and intrigue to many home aquariums. To keep and blend shrimp of different colors is tempting, but you should do with extreme caution.

Mixing shrimp of various colors will undoubtedly turn a lovely color into a wild-type color. In essence, your shrimp’s color will fade. This is perhaps one of the most significant issues shrimp caretakers face.

As a result, it is strongly advised that you stay with the species (and color) that you want to maintain and reproduce.

Tiger Shrimp growth rates:

The Tiger prawn has a large geographic range across the majority of the Indo-Pacific region, reaching as far north as Japan and Taiwan, east as Tahiti, south as Australia, and west as Africa. The life cycle of the tiger prawn is finished in two different environments: the sea and the estuary.

The largest and fastest-growing shrimp in the world is the tiger prawn. Male prawns can grow to a maximum size of 270 mm, while females can reach a maximum length of 363 mm (440 g) (180 g). Shrimp are typically taken from culture farms when they reach a size of about 160–165 mm (30–35 g). In conditions of 15–25 ppt salinity, the stocked seed (15–20 mm) reaches this harvest size in about 4 months.

The Tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon Fabricius, has developed into a significant aquatic export for Southeast Asian nations over the past 20 years. Production in Thailand, the country that invented intense tiger prawn culture, was worth 15.1 billion Thaibahts in 2000. (Fisheries Information Technology Center 2006). However, prawn aquaculture has had several unfavorable effects, including eutrophication, environmental degradation, and recurrent outbreaks of bacterial and viral illnesses. A significant issue is the slowing growth rate of prawns. As a result, raising prawns in intensive culture can present a variety of challenges for the nations who produce them.