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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Juveniles and subadults should be provided with a well-decorated, planted aquarium with driftwood roots and branches. Larger individuals are relatively unfussy, although some surface cover in the form of floating or overhanging vegetation or branches is appreciated.

The addition of marine salt is not required at any life mkcrolepis. Sump systems also work well, and the heater can be housed within.

Datnioides microlepis – Wikipedia

They do not travel well and can be tricky to stabilise post-import, often refusing to feed and continuously exhibiting a colour pattern indicative of stress but also displayed at night.


Older individuals do not require feeding on a daily basis, with times per week sufficient. This species should not be fed mammalian or avian meat such as beef heart or chicken since some of the lipids contained in these cannot be properly metabolised by the fish and may cause excess fat deposits and even organ degeneration. They are best maintained singly or in a group of 5 or more individuals.

Observations by local fishermen in the Kapuas River suggest it to be non-migratory, spawning in April and May, with no parental care. In the ornamental trade D. Both species are also fished for human consumption.

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Following Kottelatthe genus Datnioides is diagnosed by the following combination of characters: You must be logged in to post a comment. This species inhabits the highly diverse Danau Sentarum lake system, Borneo. Datnioides species possess protrusible mouthparts enabling them to capture relatively large prey.

Subadult with mouthparts extended. Head detail of subadult specimen. Juvenile from the German aquarium trade.


Maintenance Juveniles and subadults should be provided with a well-decorated, planted aquarium with driftwood roots and branches.

Reproduction Unrecorded in captivity. Zoetwatervisschen van Sambas, Pontianak en Pangaron. Mansor, – Check List 8 3: Widjanarti, – Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement Fishes of the Cambodian Mekong. Kottelat, – Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 5 3: Kottelat, – Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters 20 nicrolepis