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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-07-2013, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
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Questions on red tiger and tangerine tiger shrimp

For those that keep these shrimp are they relatively easy to deal with? I never had much luck with OEBTs and am looking at getting some more colorful tigers in. Are they as susceptible to bacterial infections as OEBTs? I know the tangerine tigers are aggressive breeders and that's what I'm looking for but what about the red tigers? Just as aggressive or no?

Also though I occasionally see TTs for sale I rarely see red tigers for sale. Is it just wrong time of the year or are they very pricey or just plain hard to find? I just can't recall seeing any for sale...ever.


Also interested in hearing about other colorful tigers if there are some I'm leaving out. I know I've read the BTOE are just as difficult as OEBT if not more. Not sure if they same goes for black tigers with black eyes. Thanks in advance!
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i ended up loosing all my red tigers not sure why just slowly missing one by one over the year. they are pretty but from what i have read tt are better way to go
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Tangerine Tigers are beautiful. Even better looking than what you see in pictures.
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Tt are easier of those two. Red tigers are finicky like oebt and btoe. Their genes are just not there yet. My red tigers give me fits, more than my btoe. My red tigers breed but I have little amounts of babies survive. Plus they get bacterial infections easy too


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TT's are easy peasy. They're "agressive" as in they will swarm the feeding grounds but nothing more.

Red Tigers are a more pita than OEBT and BTOE IME. Ive bred BTOE and OEBT with no problems and raised a ton of babies....but my red tigers never took off. They got bacterial infections and all died. I got them from a reliable source too

I would suggest looking for another alternative to red tigers if u haven't nailed down OEBT's yet.

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I have some RT and TT and bred them together....by mistake! I had a 3 ft long tank divided into 3 sections for tigers....red in one, tt in the other and btoe in the last. Darn things started somehow getting into each section

Anyhoo...ended up getting one of my Reds berried by a TT...didn't think that could happen until I read it on here, by then it was too late.

She produced babies that look like wild shrimps reddish with 5 white bands across the back, very weird looking.

I dumped them into the other hybrid tank because that one already had the TT x CBS cross in it (that was another story how that happened)

TTs are extremely hardy shrimps and very aggressive breeders. RTs on the other hand, like others I have found they get berried but I don't see many babies surviving and over the year Ive had them I started with quite a few (10+) and I am down to about 6 of them now.

I would go with the TTs.
OEBTs, BTOEs, Reds, are all very finicky shrimps, if the parameters are not right they don't survive or breed.
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Thanks for all the posts! That's what I was afraid of on those red tigers.
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ive thought about giving tt's a try. i want more red tigers but with moving within a year im trying to down size not many tanks left up. but that is a good thing really. any who yeah i think tt's are the way to go
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Hmmm, I might try TTs sometime. I've never really thought they were that cool, but this thread piqued my interest.
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Here are a couple of TT hybrids from my Red Tiger & CBS cross. Orange body with black heads, stripes, spots, and some white stripes too.
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i kinda like those
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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-25-2013, 02:20 PM
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my tangerine tigers are active swimmers. unlike the fire red's I have who like standing in one place and don't move much, the tigers can't sit still and swim actively around my tank. and yes, they look much more vibrant and colorful in person than the photos can show
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This might be already posted somewhere, but can anyone tell me about the coloring of tangerine tigers in general? I bought some online and got them today, they have some orange on them but the coloring is for crap. Does the coloring get darker with age? The seller said they were juveniles so maybe that has something to do with it? Thanks for your help guys!
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They're typically just sort of a medium transparent orange with some striping. IF you ordered them online and received them today it takes shrimp a little while to color up after shipping stress, give them a week or two to settle before you judge their color
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