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]

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


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


Females are larger than males.

Tank compatibility[edit]

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


Eats a wide range of foodstuffs.

Feeding regime[edit]


Environment Specifics[edit]

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.


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


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


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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