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New guinea tigerfish - Datnioides campbelli

New guinea tigerfish - Datnioides campbelli

Scientific name: Datnioides campbelli

Common name: New guinea tigerfish

Family: Datnioididae

Usual size in fish tanks: 30 - 40 cm (11.81 - 15.75 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 15 - 25°N (267.86 - 446.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 23 - 26 °C (73.4 - 78.8°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Oceania

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive to smaller

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Highly carnivorous, New guinea tigerfish prefer to consume live foods but can be trained to accept frozen foods as well. They will accept whitebait, cockles, mussels and shrimps. Beef heart will be taken as well but siphon out any that is not eaten as it will spoil the water.


Asia; New guinea tigerfish are found in Indonesia and New Guinea.


There are no visible differences between the sexes.


As of yet, there are no reported cases of Datnioides campbelli breeding in the aquarium.


The expected life span for Datnioides campbelli is 5-8 years.

Short description

This species of Datnioid is very rarely see in the fish keeping hobby, because of this they will demand higher prices. New guinea tigerfish are best kept as a single specimen in the tank as they can grow up to 18 inches in length. Provide them with plenty of open swimming spaces and use dimmed lighting. Juveniles are peaceful towards each other, however adult specimens may be very aggressive.


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