Ruby Shark
Behaviour Generally peaceful although will fight with its own kind
Typical size 12cm
Max size 15cm
Tank Area Bottom, middle
Min Tank Size 90cm
Temp Min: 24℃ Max: 26℃
Feeding Frozen, live, sinking, vegetable based foods
pH Range 6-8.5
Hardness vs,s,m,h
Ruby Shark Epalzeorhynchos frenatum
  • Ruby Shark Epalzeorhynchos frenatum - thumbnail
  • Albino Ruby Shark Epalzeorhynchos frenatum - thumbnail

Ruby Shark

Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

The Ruby Shark is similar in appearance to the Red Tailed Black Shark but arguably much more peaceful. Although individuals will act aggressively towards others of their own kind, they are much more peaceful towards other fish and can be kept in a community. In many cases, if Ruby Shark's are kept in groups there are fewer disputes between individuals. Due to its eventual size the Ruby Shark is best kept with medium sized robust fish. The aquarium should contain plenty of hiding spots and no sharp substrates. Ruby Sharks are good algae eaters although they will damage delicate plants. An albino variety is commonly available (pictured).

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Epalzeorhynchos erythrurus, E. frenatus, Epalzeorhynchus erythrurus, E. frenatus, E. frenatum, Labeo erythrurus, Labeo munensis, Labeo frenatus | Other names Rainbow Shark, Rainbow Sharkminnow, Redfin Shark, Redfin Shark Minnow, Whitefin Shark, Albino Ruby Shark | Origin Asia; Mekong River basin | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Sandy bottomed rivers, flooded areas | Sexing Males are thinner with a darker anal fin

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