False Siamese Tiger Fish (Datnioides microlepis)

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False Siamese Tiger Fish

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False Siamese Tiger Fish

Datnioides microlepis

379 Litres (100 US G.)

30.5-38.1cm (12-15 ")

sg

Freshwater

pH

7.0 - 7.8

22.2-26.1°C (72 -79 °F)

15-25 °d

1:2 M:F

Carnivore
Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years

Family

Datnioididae



Additional names

False Siamese Tiger Fish, Finescale Tigerfish, Indo Datnoid

Additional scientific names

Coius microlepis


Origin

Sexing

Very difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility

Should be kept either singly or in groups of 5 or more, smaller groups can result in aggression issues. Tank mates should be considered very carefully, they should not be kept with aggressive fish nor with fish smaller than itself as they risk being eaten.

Diet

A carnivorous fish that will generally not accept dry foods. Feed with meaty foods such as shrimp and silversides.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Sometimes labelled as Brackish, this is a true Freshwater fish. Requires a laterally spacious tank and prefers alkaline water. Hiding places amongst tall plants or large décor is appreciated.

Behaviour

Can be quite shy and will generally keep itself to itself.

Identification

Often falsely identified as the Siamese Tigerfish, the true Siamese Tigerfish only has 3-4 vertical stripes, whereas this fish has 5-7 vertical stripes. This fish has a protrusile mouth so can take large prey.
Identification and differentiation between the different species can be based on the Anatomy of the Datnoid Tigerfish, for example by comparing the stripe patterns, fin shapes.

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