New Guinea Datnoid / NGT (Datnioides campbelli)


The New Guinea Datnoid or New Guinea Tigerfish (NGT) is a large growing predatory perch found in brackish and fresh waters in Indonesia’s West Papua Province and Papua New Guinea, specifically the Fly River and its tributaries. 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. In the aquarium, they require well-oxygenated water and are sensitive to water quality, so regular water changes are important to keep them thriving. They will tolerate brackish conditions but do not require them to thrive. 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.



New Guinea Datnoid / NGT (Datnioides campbelli)

Origin: Wild Indonesia
Locale: West Papua
Diet: Predator and live fish eater. Can be weaned onto frozen fish and shrimp over time.
Adult Size: 15″+
Recommended Tank Size: 120 gallon
Compatibility: A predator but generally peaceful towards fish too large to be eaten. May bully similar looking tankmates

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.8 – 7.5
Temp:                     76-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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