False Siamese Tiger Fish (Datnioides microlepis)

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False Siamese Tiger Fish

False Siamese Tiger Fish

Datnioides microlepis

379 Litres (100 US G.)

30.5-38.1cm (12-15 ")




7.0 - 7.8

22.2-26.1°C (72 -79 °F)

15-25 °d

1:2 M:F

Live Foods
Other (See article)

8-12 years



Additional names

False Siamese Tiger Fish, Finescale Tigerfish, Indo Datnoid

Additional scientific names

Coius microlepis

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Very difficult to sex visually.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Identification[edit | edit source]

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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