The blue tiger shrimp is the result of breeding. Its appearance shows that breeding efforts are to be taken very seriously and can bring colourful specimens to life. The blue tiger shrimp is a real eye-catcher, because it has different shades of colour. There are tiger shrimp in blue which are light blue, but there are also animals which even appear to be really ink blue. Of course, the breeding wants to bring very sublime shades of blue to life, which is very often successful. Breeding is mainly about the body colour, which should be as intense as possible. It is very interesting to see that many of the blue shrimp have yellowish or orange eyes. This makes the shrimps even more beautiful.
The posture is not difficult. Like many other shrimp species, the blue tiger shrimp only needs enough space. The smallest tank should therefore not be used. The planting is enormously important. The animals like to hide themselves. Fine-feathered plants are best used for the animals. They offer many hiding places, especially for shrimp. These plants can also be eaten by the water dwellers.
When it comes to food, blue tiger prawns like variety. Mineral food can be offered to the animals, as well as protein food. Young shrimp prefer powder food. Pastes can also be used or micro-granulate food. The water dwellers also like leafy leaves, green food, cones and algae. Also dead plant parts.
The breeding is basically not difficult. A group of blue tiger shrimp should be kept. So enough young animals can be created. As soon as the shrimp have settled in the aquarium and feel comfortable there, the females can carry. Usually there are 30 young after 5 to 6 weeks. These are already almost completely developed, which usually also have good chances of survival. Especially if the pelvis offers the young animals enough hiding places. Therefore enough plants should be used and also caves should be offered.
The bluish discoloration of the young animals is not yet very pronounced. But this changes with time. Some young animals could also grow up without any colouring at all. Blue tiger shrimps usually only carry every 2-3 months and since some young animals do not survive, the aquarium does not get full too quickly. Everything remains manageable.
The blue tiger shrimp is best kept in groups. Otherwise the animals feel absolutely unwell. It is basically enough to decide for 10 specimens. Of course well mixed in the sexes, so that soon junior staff can be expected. The animals are mainly in the morning and evening in the pool, which must be considered when socializing. At these times all water is searched for food. Thus the whole aquarium is searched, also the decoration. It is nice that during these excursions the algae are also taken care of, so that they can hardly spread in the tank.
As far as socialisation is concerned, the shrimp should not necessarily be kept with other shrimp. Unless one does not intend to start a special breeding program. Dwarf shrimp are nice roommates for this shrimp species. But other invertebrates can also be kept. Fish are best kept as ornamental fish, which are neither too big nor too small. These usually get along quite well with the blue tiger shrimp.