Rainbow Shark

Shark | Rainbow Shark

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(Please note that the fish shown in the photo is only a representative of what an adult specimen would look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex of the fish you receive.)

Scientific Name: Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

Common Name: Rainbow Shark

Adult Size: 6 inches

Life Expectancy: 8 years

Habitat: Southeast Asia

Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons

Ideal Tank Conditions:

  • Temperature Range: 72 - 79°F
  • pH Range: 6.5 - 7.5
  • Water Hardness: 2 - 29

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; a flake-based diet is usually recommended which will cover their base needs. In addition, include live food as well to meet their protein needs. Options include bloodworms, brine shrimp, worms and feeder fish

Breeding & Spawning: Challenging due to the conditions required. Breeding rarely occurs in the aquarium due to their aggression against their own species. Both the male and female need to be at least 4 inches long to ensure maturity. It is an egg layer, and the spawning season depends on much cooler temperatures and day length.

Gender: Males tend to have brighter red or orange fins than females do. Males will also have thin gray lines on their tail fins, while females will not have any lines. Females will tend to be thicker and have more rounded bellies.