Datnioides Gold Tigerfish Datnioides microlepis Freshwater Aquarium Fish
‘Tai Guo Hu’, Black Barred Tiger Fish, Datnioides microlepis, Finescale Tigerfish, Gold Tiger Datnoid, Siamese Tiger Fish, Yellow Tiger Fish
- Temperament: They are not aggressive towards other species but will attempt to eat any fish that will fit into their large mouth.
- Max Size: up to 18”
- Experience Level: Moderate
- Optimal Aquarium Setup: A Gold Datnoid will require a large freshwater aquarium. A 60 gallon tank would house small to medium fish but if you plan on growing this fish to adult size, an aquarium in excess of 100 gallons will eventually be needed. It is suggested that they be provided with places for retreat such as rocks, caves, or driftwood. Floating plants are ideal and can offer a refuge and help to provide subdued lighting. Water TEMP: 71-80° F / KH 12-18 / pH 7.0-7.5
- Diet: Carnivores / They are a predator and their main diet consists of smaller fish although they can sometimes be coaxed into eating shrimp, worms or insects such as crickets.
Origin, Appearance and additional notations: As a general rule, the number of bars on the fish will tell you its approximate origin. Fish originally from mainland Southeast Asia usually have 5 full bars and ones from Borneo or Sumatra usually have 6 to 7 full bars.
It is generally found on the Southeast mainland of Asia and Western Borneo, inhabiting large bodies of waters such as lakes, reservoirs, and rivers. Here is an informative link on how to identify the different datnoids species: http://www.datnoidstigerfish.org/tiger-fish-anatomy.html This highly popular Datnoid is a beautiful fish that is a great addition to any large tank containing relatively non-aggressive, predatory fish. Naturally they dwell among submerged trees and roots feeding on crabs, worms, and insect larvae. Considering this as a brackish water species is a common mistake it is not brackish at all. There are other species of Datniodes that live in brackish water but the Gold Datnoid is not one of them. There may be a wait time on this fish. Please take this into account when ordering. The Datnoids we are shipping are offspring from our own breeding stock at our hatchery with an average shipping size of 1.5″ – 2″ plus. Sizes will vary depending on time of year.