Tiger Prawn (Penaeus monodon)

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Tiger Prawn

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Tiger Prawn

Penaeus monodon

114 Litres (30 US G.)

25.4-30.5cm (10-12 ")


8.2 - 8.4

22.2-25.6°C (72 -78 °F)

8-12 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-7 years

This animal is available captive bred

Alternative names[edit | edit source]

Black Tiger Prawn, Tiger Shrimp, Giant Tiger Shrimp, Giant Tiger Prawn, Asian Tiger Shrimp, Asian Tiger Prawn

Origin[edit | edit source]

Widespread from Africa to Australia, and Asia. A nonnative population has established itself in the U.S.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Females are larger than males.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An avid predator. Juveniles will eat invertebrates, and small fish, while adults may also eat larger fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Eats a wide range of foodstuffs.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]


Environment Specifics[edit | edit source]

It will not tolerate copper or high levels of nitrates in the aquarium, but will require correct levels of iodine in the water to promote proper moulting.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A predatory shrimp, may try to eat tankmates unless fish are too large to pick.

Identification[edit | edit source]

A grey shrimp with black stripes, or yellow and black stripes along its back.

Notes[edit | edit source]

This species is widely farmed for seafood, second most farmed after the Whiteleg Shrimp. This makes it easy to obtain them from seafood suppliers that sell live shrimp. As these are farmed for food, be diligent of potential diseases that can spread to other invertebrates in the aquarium.

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