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    Ways of taking good care of tigers

    How to house them after buying

    After buying comes the next step: How to house them. Tigers generally can grow quite fast if proper care and food is given to them. So, as a general measure, you will need at least a 3 feet tank to house them in. They can grow in excess of 1 feet, so you will definitely need to upgrade your tank in future if you are housing a few of them in the same tank. A proper filtration system would help greatly in their growth rate too. A bare tank is usually recommended as they can produce quite a lot of waste, and is much easier to maintain also. However, if you are creative enough, you can choose to landscape your tank so that it looks more presentable. The only drawback of this is that you will need more time to maintain the plants, gravel etc.

    Water conditions

    Tigers generally thrives best in waters of pH 7.0-7.5. However, they are hardy creatures, so even in slightly acidic or alkaline waters, they will still do well. Be careful not to let your pH fall too acidic (below 5.5) or too alkaline (more than 8.5). Reason being beneficial bacteria (BBs) will all be wiped out and your tank will be thrown into havoc as your ammonia and nitrate levels go haywire. pH too alkaline, your tigers will contract cloudy eyes disease. You will need to monitor your water parameters (eg. pH, ammonia, nitrate and nitrite) on a weekly basis to ensure optimal living condtions for them to thrive in.

    A heater is actually not necessary due to Singapore's hot weather all year round, but if your tank is in an air-conditioned room, you will need one. White spots is a common problem in those tanks with fluctuating water temperatures. A heater installed would help to eliminate this. Tigers generally thrives best in temperatures between 24-28 degrees celsius.

    Food/Diet

    As tigers originally came from the wild, therefore their most natural food in their environment would be live fishes. However, as more and more tigers are farm bred nowadays, they can be made to accept other kinds of food like market prawns, frozen bloodworms, mealworms, superworms, chicken meat,Feeders,Guppies and even pellets. A mixture in diet for them would be good.

    As to the frequency of feeding them, it's entirely up to the individual. If you can afford it, you can feed them twice a day. Otherwise once a day is good enough cos these creatures eat like there's no tomorrow!

    How to make them stable

    guess this must be the most common problem for all tiger keepers. It is really unsightly to see your tigers all black, and at the same time it's even more frustrating when you cannot get to enjoy their true beauty. Tigers, in my opinion, are very unique and challenging fishes to keep. It is a challenge as you need to find out the optimum conditions for them to show their beauty, and this is no mean feat. Unlike other fishes, they are not easily pacified by just good food and good water conditions only. Below are a few factors which you have to play around with in order to achieve a tankful of goldie babes:

    A. Tank size (the bigger, the better)
    B. Water conditions (as above)
    C. Lighting (generally tigers don't do well under strong lighting)
    D. Diet (having a balanced diet also helps)
    E. Tankmates (Sometimes help them to settle down)
    F. Other external factors like an extra powerhead to generate extra current for them to swim against, air disk to improve aeration in your water and background of your tank.

    The above list is of course non-exhaustive, there are 101 factors which you will come across as you go along. There is no right or wrong way about it, you will have go by trial and error to achieve that winning combination.

    7. How to have a successful community tank

    A lot of brothers here actually have more than 2 tigers in a tank, and some with even more. They also come across situations where their tigers are chasing and flaring within the same tank. The most common question they ask is : How to achieve a successful comm tank?

    As in every other comm tank (besides tigers), there will always be minor fights and chasing around, resulting in injuries like torn tails, split fins, bite and scratch marks on the body etc. However, it is nothing to worry about if the injuries aren't too serious. All the above injuries are actually small ones which can recover quite fast. You have to be mentally prepared that these will happen if you intend to keep a comm tank of tigers. However, a lot of care and effort goes into a successful comm tank too, such as introduction of other tankmates, having a powerhead, ensuring that there's a fair share of food going round etc. You will discover more as you go along. Below are some tankmates which go well with tigers:

    A. Freshwater stingrays
    B. Birchirs
    C. Asian arowana(Preferred)because australian are very aggresive.
    Not too big that tigers can fit into their mouth
    D. Clown loach
    E. Flagtail
    F. Spotted dollar/Silver dollar
    G. Sexfaciatus
    As tigers are known to be lazy eaters, bottom dwellers like rays and birchirs are excellent for cleaning up the balance food at the base of the tank after every feeding session. This will save you a lot of trouble as you don't need to scoop up all the uneaten food and maintenance will not be a headache too.

    The above so far were from tiger experts and seniors here. Of course, there are still many other things I have yet to learn.I'm not an expert like Sir troy and sir jumangi but i just want to contribute this one so if you still have an idea on how to improve this thread,feel free to add here.Thanks guys
    Last edited by jerkerly tang; 11-09-2007 at 03:23 AM.

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    Sorry guys if my contribution have not complete info but I' pretty sure it would be of a help for our tiger lover and newbies here.Thanks

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    thanks for your contribution, it will definitely help a lot for a tiger newbie like me.
    just got bitten by the bug after viewing troy's and other enthusiasts' tigers
    One up for you
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    thanks for all the input sir.....

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    Tiger bug?naku wala pang gamot diyan and that virus could easily spread.Hope we could encourage many more people for tiger keeping.Happy fish keeping

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Put a Tiger in your tank today!

    Thanks for sharing these great info for beginners and those thinking of keeping tigers! Tigers - the most peaceful fiercelly named petfish in your aquarium!
    "Suffice it to say, when you choose significance over success, you should also be willing to pay the price not only put in the hardwork!"

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    Very helpful. Thanks.

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    i'm new in tiger, this help me a lot, thanks for sharing

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    bro! thanks for sharing. may nadagdag nanaman sa aking munting kaalaman tungkol sa mga tigre!

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