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Old 25-02-2005, 01:36 PM   #19
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Datnioides quadrifasciatus

Common Names: silver datnoid, four-barred Siamese tigerfish

Family: Datnioididae

Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)

Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)

Max. size: 12 inches, although relatively slow-growing

Environment: fresh and brackish water.

Distribution: southeast Asia, Indonesia, and New Guinea.

Description (courtesy of Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-14; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays : 8-9. Predorsal profile strongly concave; total gill rakers on first arch 20-23; scales large, about 40-60 in lateral series; anal fin branched rays 9; color pattern highly variable; up to 7 full vertical bars on body, sometimes with 1 to 4 partial bars between full bars (Ref. 10425).

Temperament: semi-aggressive, more aggressive towards same or similar species.

Water paramenters: Prefers clean water, pH 7.0-8.0, temperature 76-82 degrees F. This datnoid species prefers light brackish conditions, specific gravity around 1.005, over freshwater environments. IME, this species does not like pHs below 6.5.

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.