Shark Cyprinidae

A basic guide to keeping Shark Cyprinidae Fish.

Common names

•    Red-tail
•    Black Shark S
•    ilver Shark
•    Black Shark
•    Flying Fox

Country of origin

South East Asia, Thailand, Malaysia, South and East Africa.

Aquarium condition requirements for your ‘Shark’ Cyprinidae

Minimum aquarium size - 900 x 380 x380mm (36” x 15” x 15”) is recommended. For the larger species, more tank space is needed.

Temperature - 20o to 26oC / 70 o to 6oF is ideal. They will accept fluctuations outside of this range for short periods.

Water parameters - ‘Shark’ Cyprinidae are able to cope with most degrees of hardness but seem to prefer alkaline water. Water should be clean and clear and preferably filtered by either an internal or external power filter.

Habitat - ‘Shark’ Cyprinidae come from widely differing habitats. Can be found in fast flowing water and in slow moving streams.

Plants - A well planted aquarium for the smaller species is recommended. Larger fish will tend to uproot plants and in some cases consume them.

‘Shark’ Cyprinidae behaviour with other fish

These ‘Shark’ Cyprinidae are NOT freshwater Sharks. They have common names containing Shark which refers to the shark-like dorsal fin. Small specimens are quite compatible in a community tank. Large fish such as the Black Shark and the Silver Shark can be aggressive. Caution when buying small Silver Sharks, they will grow!

‘Shark’ Cyprinidae diet

Most are omnivorous and will happily graze on algae, eat algae wafers and all manner of frozen foods.

‘Shark’ Cyprinidae health

No particular health problems. Select fish that are alert, swimming around and that are not hollow bellied.

Habitat - freshwater tropical aquarium

Sociability - smaller types are good community fish, larger can be aggressive. Take advice when you buy.

Care - easy

The Pet Owners Association are grateful to the Federation of British Aquatic Societies for the above information and image.