|Common name||Siamese Tigerfish, Fine-scaled tigerfish
|Scientific name||Datnioides microlepis|
|Size||Up to 18" (45cm), but usually smaller|
|Origin||S.E. Asia, Borneo and Sumatra|
|Tank setup||A large tank with open swimming space, subdued lighting.|
|Compatibility||Predatory, will eat smaller fish. Peaceful with other large fish.|
|Water chemistry||Neutral to slightly alkaline pH (7.0-7.5), medium hard.|
|Feeding||A predatory carnivore, but it is not usually difficult to wean the fish onto dead
meaty foods such as whitebait, cockles, mussels and prawns. Bloodworm and brine shrimp are also suitable for
A very striking fish which has a deeper body than other Datnioides species, with the exception of D. pulcher.
It was originally referred to by the common name of 'Fine-scaled tigerfish' before D. pulcher and D. undecimradiatus were described,
which share the finer scales (in comparison to D. quadrafasciatus and campbelli).
These fish require very good water quality to thrive.
They seem to be relatively slow growing in the aquarium, and are unlikely to reach the max size quoted for wild specimens. D. microlepis
appears to be more boisterous than the very similar D. pulcher, and may show persistant aggression towards other tigerfish.