s found throughout Peninsular Malaysia and the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Borneo, and likely parts of East Java as well. In the wild, they inhabit a variety of habitat types but are typically found in warm, slow moving stretches of rivers or lakes in areas close to overhanging vegetation. An ambush predator, they tend to hang motionless in the water awaiting smaller fish or invertebrates to swim by, using quick reflexes and a huge protrusible jaw to literally inhale prey items. Specimens from Sumatra are especially colorful and well-marked, with the 4 bar variant found in the region among the more sought after varieties of Indo Datnoid in the trade. In the aquarium, they require well-oxygenated water and are sensitive to water quality, so regular water changes are important to keep them thriving. Tankmates should be chosen carefully as they can eat surprisingly large fish and other more aggressive or very active fish will likely stress them out and potentially cause their distinct pattern of bars to fade.
Origin: Wild Indonesia
Diet: Predator and live fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen fish and shrimp over time.
Adult Size: 16″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallon
Compatibility: A predator but generally peaceful towards fish too large to be eaten.
Preferred Water Parameters
pH: 6.8 – 7.5
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