Photos © Sean Evans
|Common name:||Siamese Tigerfish, Wide Bar Dat/Tigerfish, Siamese Tiger Perch|
|Scientific name:||Datnioides pulcher|
|Synonyms:||Coius pulcher (not valid, see discussion)|
|Size:||Up to 16" (40cm), but usually smaller in aquaria.|
|Origin:||Asia: Mekong and Chao Phraya basins|
|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:||Carnivore: Live foods, but it should be possible to wean the fish onto dead
meaty foods such as whitebait, cockles, mussels and prawns. Bloodworm and brine shrimp are suitable for
A very striking fish which has wide regular bands that can be used to distinguish the fish from D. microlepis
(see Fishbase ).
Specimens from the lower Mekong have a fifth bar, which is absent in those from the Chao Phraya basin.
This species appears to be less aggressive towards other tigerfish than D. microlepis.