Rainbow Shark - Epalzeorhynchus frenatum
Species name: Epalzeorhynchus frenatum
Synonym: Labeo frenatus
Common name: Red-finned Shark, Rainbow Shark, Ruby Shark
Maximum size: 15 cm / 6 inches
Origin: South eastern Asia (Thailand)
Company: Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) can show aggression towards fish of similar shape and size so they do not make good community fish in all cases. Do not keep more than one of this genus to a tank.
Water parameters: temperature 22-26°C / 72-79 ºF; pH 6.5-7.5
Aquarium setup: Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) need large well planted aquariums with plenty of rock, and wood to allow for territories. Try to keep Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) with other similar or larger sized fish, and be sure to have good filtration.
Feeding: Omnivorous, some vegetable matter is required in their diet as well as more meaty foods like bloodworms. Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) will except most foods ranging from commercially prepared flakes to live foods. Sometimes Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) will also graze on algae.
Breeding: Male Epalzeorhynchus frenatum (Red-finned Shark) can sometimes be distinguished by a slimmer body and black lines/markings on the anal fin. Breeding has occasionally happened in the aquarium but it is rare and hard due to their aggression towards their own species.
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