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The Siamese Tiger Fish Datnioides microlepis has been a standard in the aquarium industry for decades. It is a large, very attractive, deep bodied aquarium fish.

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Its coloration is a golden body contrasted with bold black bands. Poor thing has been in 3 tanks in last few days and want her as healthy and happy as possible.

Floating plants and some sturdy aquatic plants set in the substrate can offer a sense of seclusion and also help to provide subdued lighting. In captivity they will generally generally only reach between 9 to 12 inches cm. Baensch, Aquarium Atlas Vol.

These fish are not listed on the IUCN Red List, but may be endangered in many regions from capturing them for food fish and the aquarium industry. Protected in Thailand Ref. Gold Datnoid are very resilient once established in datniokdes tank.

The Indonesian Tiger Fish inhabits large bodies of waters such as lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Not available FishBase mirror site: Aquarium Care These are big messy eating fish.

These fish will jump, so make sure to have a tight fitting cover. Widjanarti, – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement Nelson, Fishes of the WorldWiley, A special order may be required to get one.

Two less common species are the New Guinea Tigerfish Datnioides campbelli which will show up on occasion commanding a very high price, and the rare but much sought after Wide Bar Tigerfish Datnioides pulcheralso frequently called the Siamese Tigerfish.


In nature these fish live in vegetated areas with submerged trees and roots. Fish from Southeast Asia will normally have 5 bars and the ones from Borneo and Sumatra will usually have 6 to 7 bars. This genus was revised from Datnioides to Coius and the family Coiidae by Roberts and Kottelat in Considering this as a brackish water species is a common mistake.

Juveniles and subadults should be provided with a well-decorated, microolepis aquarium with driftwood roots and branches. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Partial bars almost invariably absent. The two commonly available Datnoids species are this fish, D. However they need a large tank to live in and these fish demand pristine waters.

One look at their large mouth will tell you that small tank mates will disappear quickly. Kottelat again revised the microle;is In to its current classification of Datnioides and the family Datnioididae.

Siamese Tiger Fish, Datnioides microlepis, Indonesian Tiger Fish, Gold Datnoid

The young will eat zooplankton, but as they mature their diet becomes fish microepis and small fishes, small shrimps, crabs, worms, and insect larvae. This species is found on the Southeast mainland of Datnioixes in the Mekong basin, the Chao Phraya river basin in the center of Thailand, the Musi basin in Sumatra, the Kapuas basin in western Borneo, and in Cambodia. Following Kottelatthe genus Datnioides is datnioidds by the following combination of characters: Tao – I am looking for Datnioides Pulcher.

In the ornamental trade D. The Siamese Tiger Fish Datnioides microlepis has been a standard in the aquarium industry for decades. Gave Ursala a siamese tiger own tank and is doing ok.


Older individuals do not require feeding on a daily basis, with times per week sufficient.

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They have a life span of about 15 years. They come from the coastal rivers and swamps of southeastern Asia. The Siamese Tiger Fish is one of two commonly available Datnoids, or “dat’ datnioided. They like to hide among the vegetation, camouflaged by their striped patterning, and wait for prey to happen by.

The addition of marine salt is not required at any life stage. I have nursed other fish like my Oscar back to health. For fish identification of these Datnoids by their distinguishing features. They can also be difficult to feed. Larger individuals are relatively unfussy, although some surface cover in the form of floating or overhanging vegetation or branches datniodes appreciated. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

Both species are also fished for human consumption. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. Availability The Siamese Tiger Fish is commonly available but may microoepis relatively hard to find due to its high price. They don’t occur in seawater and they will not do well in strongly brackish water either. It can reach up to 18 inches 45 cm in length, though in the aquarium they generally only get datniooides to 12 inches cm.