The Orange Eyed Blue Tiger shrimp (also know as OEBT) is arguably one of the most visually pleasing  shrimp in the dwarf shrimp hobby. This page will give a breakdown of the specifics of my breeding tank and how you can reproduce my (hopefully) success. I will not just tell you what water parameters I have but how I achieved them. I will not just tell you about feeding frequency but also about what food to feed them.

Water Parameters

  • Ideal Tmp – 68-70f
  • Max Temp – 66-78f

Heating and Cooling Guide

  • Ideal pH – 6.8-7.0
  • Max pH – 6.5 – 7.8

pH Maintenance Guide

Recommended approximate Hardness

  • KH ~ 10-30ppm (~1-2 degrees)
  • GH ~ 30-90ppm (~2-5 degrees)

I have noticed that these shrimp are much more active in water that is between 70-72 degrees that is just slightly acidic.

Feeding

I find that the Mopani driftwood and the Indian Almond Leaves keep the shrimp pretty well fed to be honest, they typically show little interest in store bought food so I only  feed them every 2-3 days, and even then it takes some time for them to find the food. I suspect as my colony grows (currently about 18 OEBT in a 25 gallon tank) this will no longer be the case as they are currently at about 10% of recommended max capacity.

Sexing
Many sites talk about sexing of these shrimp as either easy or near impossible. When it comes to tiger shrimp in general I believe it is fairly easy but you need some experience to be able to pick out the traits, the tails being the most important. The tails of the female have a rounded underbelly to hold the eggs, the females also have a wider tail section in general.

Experimental, still working on the reliability of this method: Males from the top view have much thinner tails that almost follow a straight line from the head section, where you can see angles or roundness in the tail of the female from above.

Breeding

Lighting
Started at 1.6wpg and now upped it to 4 wpg, not sure which is better for the shrimp. I can half the new lighting system and will probably do so in the summer to limit tank heating from lighting. running the 4 watts per gallon mid day has to be limited to 2 hours until i get a fan, otherwise the water heats up too fast.

More to come as I learn more.

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