New Guinea Tigerfish (Datnioides campbelli)
Juveniles and subadults should be provided with a well-decorated aquarium with driftwood branches or mangrove roots. Larger individuals are relatively unfussy, although some surface cover in the form of floating or overhanging vegetation or branches is appreciated. This species can survive in medium-to-hard freshwater or brackish conditions.
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. campbelli the body darkens considerably and the vertical body bars become indistinct.
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