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Silver Datnoid

Discussion in 'Oddballs' started by mark7616, Sep 6, 2007.

  1. mark7616

    mark7616 potatoes

    Feb 23, 2006
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    Harlow, Essex
    Common name/s: silver datnoid, American tiger (AT), four-barred tigerfish

    Scientific name: Datnioides polota (formerly known as D. quadrifasciatus)

    Family: Datnioididae

    Origin: Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Indian subcontinent, and New Guinea.

    Maximum size: 12 inches, although slow-growing

    Care: Semi-aggressive, more aggressive towards same or similar species. Prefers clean water, pH 7.0-8.0, temperature 76-82 degrees F. People say it is a brackish species but can be kept very successfully in normal conditions. This species is not fussy of PH either. These do best in groups of 3+ and although slow growing should be housed in a 5x2x2 when fully grown but can be grown on in a smaller tank. Other tankmates should be of the same or larger size as it is a predator and will eat smaller fish.

    Feeding: Although often fed live fish, this species can be trained to accept shrimp, krill, frozen brine shrimp, beefheart, earthworms, and even Hikari Sinking Carnivore Pellets.

    Sexing and breeding:Never been bred in captivity.

    Comments: A very shy species and can take a while to settle in as with most tigers if there are hiding places they will hide alot of the time.


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  2. Hunterprey

    Hunterprey Fishaholic

    Oct 8, 2009
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    Might as well add another picture of a Silver datnoid. One of my favourite fish, lots of personality.


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