African Tiger Fish

Amy Tokic
by Amy Tokic
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About African Tiger Fish

Aquarium Size
Large (50+ gal)
Swimming Region
Fish Water Condition
Suitable Tank Mates
Best kept in a species tank
Difficulty Of Care
African Tiger Fish General description

African Tiger Fish are a large and predatory species of fish. Their bodies are long, powerful and streamlined, enabling them to move with extremely fast bursts of speed when hunting prey. Tiger fish are also characterized by their proportionately large teeth. These teeth are extremely sharp and interlock with each other, enabling the tiger fish to cut through almost any kind of prey. Due to their large size and extremely aggressive temperament, they shouldn’t be kept by anyone except the most experienced aquarists.

African Tiger Fish are a large and predatory species of fish.


The African Tiger Fish originates from the rivers of Africa.


Most species of African Tiger Fish are either silver or grey in color.

Maintenance and care

When given adequate food and care, tiger fish can often grow to a few feet in length. They are also extremely active swimmers and somewhat skittish. For this reason, they should only be kept in extremely large aquariums measuring 10 feet or more in length. Tiger fish also prefer densely planted aquariums with several hiding places to which they can retreat.

Tiger fish are highly predatory and will attack and kill any tank mate that it considers prey. They should only be kept with other extremely large species like perch and bichirs. Tiger fish also produce a large amount of waste and their aquariums should have very powerful filtration systems.


Tiger fish are fierce carnivores and thrive when fed on live foods like baitfish and shrimp. They can however be trained to accept most frozen foods and pellet based foods.

When given adequate food and care, tiger fish can often grow to a few feet in length


It is impossible to breed African tiger fish in an aquarium. Most specimens kept in aquariums are often captured from the wild.

Photo credit: Sablegsd/Wikimedia

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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