The Rainbow Shark is a tropical freshwater cyprinid that is known for their territorial nature and bright vibrant red fins.
Originating from the warm rivers of Southeast Asia, they were given the affectionate common name of Rainbow Shark, due to their upright dorsal fin which gives them the appearance of a shark.
You should expect your Rainbow Shark to grow up to 15cm in length and have a lifespan of 5-8 years
If you do intend to keep Rainbow Sharks you should make sure your aquarium has plenty of hiding places for them as this helps to reduce their territorial behavior.
They are active swimmers and tend to spend most of their time dwelling at the bottom of the tank. Due to them being bottom-dwellers, they are known as aquarium cleaners as they will eat the algae growing on the bottom of the tank.
You should make sure your aquarium is long and has plenty of space for your Albino Rainbow Shark to swim on the same level.
Whilst they are peaceful with fish that dwell in higher water, they are known for fighting with bottom dwelling fish, including their own kind.
Such behavior can include biting, chasing and head-and-tail butting.
You can attempt to reduce this behavior by ensuring they are placed in a large aquarium, with lots of hiding places, such as caves, tunnels and other hollowed décor.
- Species – Epalzeorhynchos frenatus
- Common Name – Rainbow Shark
- Origin – Thailand
- Diet – Omnivore
- PH Range – 6.5 – 7.5
- Temperature – Tropical 24-27°c
- Current Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 15cm)
- Sex – Un-sexed