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Rainbow Shark
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Epalzeorhynchos frenatus

Rainbow Shark and Albino Rainbow Shark

Quick Stats:   Rainbow Shark

Family: Cyprinidae
Range: Thailand
Size: Up to 6 inches
Diet: Omnivore
Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood
Tank Conditions: 72-79°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 10-15
Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons
Light: Medium
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Swimming Level: No specific level
Care Level: Moderate
Reproduction: Egg Layer

The Rainbow Shark, otherwise known as the Ruby Shark, or Red-Finned Shark, is a beautifully colored fish which is a dark gray to black with red fins. There is also an albino variety.

Epalzeorhynchos frenatus is great for the semi-aggressive community aquarium, as long as they are the sole shark and other tank mates are of similar size. It requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This shark may set up territories around the aquarium. The Rainbow Shark will become very aggressive towards its own species.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Rainbow Shark have not been documented.

An omnivore, the Rainbow Shark is not a particularly finicky eater. Flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex, as well as vegetable-based foods should be fed.

Ideal tank mates include:

Photo courtesy of T.F.H. Publications, publishers of the Burgess Atlas.

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