Epalzeorhynchos frenatum
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Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

Common Names: Rainbow Shark
Redfin Shark
Synonyms: Labeo frenatus
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Thailand.
Main Ecosystem: Flooding; Flooding
Temperament: Territorial; Hostile, will sometimes tolerate other, larger species. Not recommened for community tanks with smaller or weaker fish.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Hollows and hiding places are recommended. Only one Rainbow Shark should be kept in each tank as they are intolerant of their own species. Also try not to keep Rainbow Sharks with Red Tailed Black Shark as they will also fight.
6 - 8
24°C - 27°C
75°F - 81°F
5 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 15cm (5.9")
Female: 15cm (5.9")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: The male's anal fin is distinctively black-lined.
Breeding: Has been bred in an aquarium but is extremely rare.
Variants: An albino variant is commonly available.
Comments: The Rainbow Shark can be kept in a large community tank if there is plenty of cover to hide in. This larger fish is too aggressive for beginners. Very closely related to the Red Tailed Black Shark.
Main Colours: Black, Silver
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
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