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Datnioides pulcher (Siamese Tigerfish, Siamese Tiger Perch)

The Siamese Tiger Fish is known from the Chao Phraya, Mae Klong, and Mekong River basins. Here, it inhabits streams and tributaries, including larger lakes connected to rivers, preferring deeper areas with submerged branches, roots, and rocky crevices.

The Datnioides pulcher is distinguished from all congeners by its unique colour pattern comprising usually 4, exceptionally 5, regular, dark, broad bars on body

Siamese Tiger Fish grow large and require a very spacious and well-filtered aquarium. This is an exclusively freshwater fish which should not be subjected to brackish conditions. The tank should be mature and furnished with plenty of rockwork/driftwood or mangrove root ornaments to create shady hiding places and a plethora of visual barriers.

The Siamese Tiger Fish used to be very widespread throughout the Indo-China region, but populations have declined dramatically since the 1990s, with the species now extirpated from Thailand and found in much lower numbers elsewhere.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Although juveniles are fairly gregarious, adults are territorially aggressive, and must either be maintained singly or in a group of 6 or more individuals. A larger group (housed in a spacious tank with a multitude of visual barriers) will ensure that no one fish bears the brunt of any squabbles and is subjected to constant stress - any arguments will be spread throughout the group.

Tankmates, if desired, should be of similar size and not overly aggressive. Do not house with small fish.

Regarding feeding, this fish is carnivorous. Offer a variety of meaty frozen foods, including bloodworm, white mosquito larvae, vitamin-enriched brineshrimp, Mysis shrimp etc. Larger specimens will also enjoy krill, chopped prawns, chopped mussel meat, earthworms etc. Some specimens will take dried foods such as sinking carnivore pellets.

Medium lighting is preferred.

Family Group: Miscellaneous
Distribution Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam
Temperature 22-26C
Size Up to 40 cm
Water Parameters Medium Hard and slightly alkaline
Water PH 7.0-7.5
Sociability Aggressive
Care Level Easy
Water Chemistry More than pH 7 - Alkaline
Schooling Fish No
Diet Special Needs

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