A tropical freshwater cyprinid that is somewhat difficult to keep. It would be suitable for fish keepers who have a few years of experience and are looking to expand their aquarium. They have a long, flat stomach with a pointed snout and an upright dorsal fin. It’s this fin which gives them the appearance of a shark. They are known for their territorial nature and bright vibrant red fins.
Origin: Cyprinidae Native to Thailand.
- Care Level: Easy Tank maintenance is limited to weekly water renew (15–20% from the total tank volume). The fresh water has to have the same pH, dGH and temperature as well as regular bottom substrate cleaning and removing organic waste should be performed.
Optimal tank water parameters: 75°F to 81°F, pH level 6.5-7.5 and a water hardness of 5 to 11 DH.
Lighting should be kept at a medium level, and the water movement should be moderate.
To ensure their red/orange color is a vibrant shade, regular meals of live and frozen meat should be given to them; frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp will be fine.
- Size: 6 Inches The female develops a rounder underbelly than the male.
Life Span: 5-8 Years If they are provided with proper aquarium conditions.