INDONESIAN TIGER PERCH - Datnioides microlepis (BLEEKER, 1854)
The price of the tiger fish based on few criteria below :
1. The colour of the fish, if the colour is bright golden or bright colour is considered nice.
2. The bold black bands need to be stable and clean, usually the coloration is conctrasted with the golden body.
3. The number of bars on the fish, 3 bars and 4 bars now is the most expensive one including the unique bars.
4. The symetric bars both at left side and right side.
5. If the bars is connected through the belly.
6. Size of the fish.
7. Short body
8. Albino genetics.
Apparently restricted to the Malay Peninsula and western Indonesia, where it is known from the Perak and Selangor river systems in Peninsular Malaysia, Batang Hari and Musi watersheds in Sumatra, and Kapuas basin in Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo). It is unclear whether its range extends into peninsular Thailand, while records from the Chao Phraya and Mekong river basins refer to the congener D. pulcher.
An efficient, largely piscivorous, predator with highly protrusible mouthparts. In the aquarium, juveniles can be offered chironomid larvae (bloodworm), small earthworms, chopped prawn, and suchlike, while adults will accept strips of fish flesh, whole prawns, mussels, live river shrimp, larger earthworms, etc. This fish also can be weaned using a fresh frozen shrimp or fish meat. Older individuals do not require feeding on a daily basis, with 2-3 times per week sufficient.
Unrecorded in captivity. Observations by local fishermen in the Kapuas River suggest it to be non-migratory, spawning in April and May, with no parental care.. The fish can reach around 400 – 500 mm.
WATER QUALITY REQUIREMENT
INDONESIAN TIGER is very easy to take care. The range of the best temperature is 20 – 28 °C while pH can be maintain at pH 5.5 – 7.5. An exclusive inhabitant of large, deep, typically lowland freshwater rivers, and not thought to enter brackish environments. It has been collected from flooded forests during the annual wet season.
TANK AND FILTRATION
Juveniles and subadults should be provided with a well-decorated, planted aquarium with driftwood roots and branches. Larger individuals are relatively unfussy, although some surface cover in the form of floating or overhanging vegetation or branches is appreciated. The addition of marine salt is not required at any life stage.
Datnioides spp. typically produce a lot of waste so the use of large external filters is essential. If possible buy units with built in heaters or at least fit a sturdy heater-guard since adults have been known to damage submerged equipment. Sump systems also work well, and the heater can be housed within.
They do not travel well and can be tricky to stabilise post-import, often refusing to feed and continuously exhibiting a colour pattern indicative of stress but also displayed at night. In D. microlepis the dark body bars fade, leaving only the margins or a series of spots distinctly visible, with the majority of the body greyish, brownish, or blackish.
Can be maintained alongside similarly-sized fishes if sufficient space is available, but might be intimidated by territorial or otherwise competitive species. Although juveniles may form groups, adults are not gregarious and tend to respond aggressively to conspecifics and similarly-shaped fishes. They are best maintained singly or in a group of 5 or more individuals.
CODE : IT001
SIZE : 7 INCHES
BARS : 4 BAR UNCLEAN
DIET : LIVE FISH, FRESH FROZEN PRAWN