Tangerine Tiger Shrimp
Scientific Name: Caridina Serrata
Wild Origin: Taiwan
Adult Size: 1.2 in
The Tangerine Tiger Shrimp is a naturally occurring species from Taiwan. Tangerine Tiger Shrimp are light orange to yellow-orange in appearance with brown spotting on the top of their body and striping on the side of their body. Their coloring is somewhat translucent, but still very bright and consistent. Tangerine Tiger Shrimp are tolerant to a fairly wide range of water parameters, making them excellent for pairing with other species.
As long as the shrimp are acclimated properly to your chosen parameters and are not subjected to extreme changes in temperature or acidity, they are adaptable and resilient. The ideal water parameters are 62°-78° F with 6 to 8 pH. However, as mentioned, you may keep them outside of these parameters as long as the shrimp are protected from extreme or frequent fluctuations.
Key Features & Important Notes
- Tank-raised specimen
- Bright, bold color and pattern
- Shrimp are excellent scavengers and will happily feed on biofilm, decaying plant matter, and algae
- To increase survival rates, please allow 2-3 business days after placing an order to properly prepare live animal shipments
Recommended Water Parameters
Listed information should be treated as general guidelines only. We encourage you to do thorough research before committing to keeping any livestock.
- Temperature Range: 64-76°F
- pH: 6.5-7.8
- TDS: 100-250 ppm
- GH: 5-6 dGH
- KH: 0-5 dKH
Recommended Tank Size
5+ gallons, minimum. Tank size is relative and various factors should be considered when determining tank size. Factors include maintenance schedules, tank mates, desired colony size and more.
Algae, biofilm, diatoms, decaying plant matter, spirulina powder, bee pollen, plant-based shrimp pellets/wafers, blanched vegetables
Tangerine Tiger Shrimp are aggressive breeders, but will not breed with Neocaridinas, making them excellent tank companions if you are looking to try something new without affecting breeding outcomes of your Red Cherry Shrimp varieties.
Sexing Tangerine Tiger Shrimp can be somewhat difficult until the shrimp begin to mature. Female shrimp have slightly larger tails and display a “saddle” formation on the upper body, behind the head, where eggs are stored before fertilization. When female shrimp are “berried”, or have eggs ready for fertilization, the saddle shape will appear more prominent.
Once the shrimp are fully-grown, the males will be smaller than the females. Tangerine Tiger Shrimp males are aggressive breeders, and while they won’t breed with Neocaridinas, they will try to breed with other Caridinas species. Once the shrimp reach maturity, and if there are males and females present, they should breed naturally and frequently. It is recommended to purchase 8-10 shrimp to ensure that there are enough male-female pairs for successful breeding. When female shrimp have eggs available for fertilization, they will molt and release pheromones that the male shrimp respond to with frenzy.
Once the shrimp breed, the eggs will gestate for about 2 weeks. The shrimp fry will feed from the same food sources as their parents. Keep in mind that if you are keeping shrimp with other species of fish, or possibly aggressive shrimp species, this may affect reproduction. If the shrimp feel threatened or don’t have places in your tank to hide, they may not breed.
Check out our blog article to learn how to breed freshwater shrimp.