FREE FISH CARE GUIDE Aqua Life Warrnambool Aquarium Just another reason why Aqua Life is your specialist aquarium store… Shop 16, Centrepoint Arcade 125 Liebig Street Warrnambool, VIC, 3280 RAINBOW & ALBINO SHARKS Rainbow Sharks and Albino Sharks are not actually sharks at all. They are actually members of the family Cyprinidae, which makes them more closely related to goldfish than the marine predators that share their name. Rainbow Sharks are dark grey to black bodied fish, with red colouration on all their fins. They look a lot like the Red Tailed Black Shark, but are not as aggressive. Albino Sharks are not true albinos, as they retain the red colouration on their fins as well. When first seen in the store or when first purchased, the bodies may appear light grey. This will darken with age, and once the fish settles into its new home. Also, the red fins on both varieties discussed here may seem dull and plain, but this will also brighten in time. These fish are reasonably peaceful, and normally won’t eat even small fish. Some people have problems with them, though. The key is in the quantity! Keep just one fish (either Rainbow or Albino Shark) or keep several. Having just two or three means that the dominant fish – which is usually the largest – will harass the weakest of the little group, causing it stress. If you have a few, the dominant fish must spend time keeping several weaker ones in check, never getting the time to focus solely on a single specimen. This means no real stress is caused, and no damage is done. Both Rainbow and Albino Sharks should mix quite well. QUICK REFERENCE… ORIGIN: Thailand, specifically the Bang Fai & Mae Khlong river basins. ADULT SIZE: 15cm / 6 inches. Occasionally a bit smaller. GENDER: Can be very difficult to tell, but mature males usually develop a faint black edge to their red anal fin. PH: Will tolerate anything between 6.5 – 7.8, but keeping it near neutral (7.0) is ideal. WATER HARDNESS: Not crucial, but soft to medium is best. TEMPERATURE: 24 - 26º Celsius. DIET: They will eat some algae, plus any flake food that sinks past surface-feeding fish. Ensure they get plenty so as to develop a rounded body as they grow. Small sinking granular / pellet foods are idea. A variety of quality foods will bring out the desired blood-red colouration of the fins. KEEP WITH: Anything not big enough to eat them. They may eat tiny fish when they reach full size, such as Neon Tetras. Will mix well with Silver Sharks and Gouramis – whatever you like! Do not ever keep with Red Tailed Black Sharks or Black Sharks: they may seem similar, but it is a disastrous combination. SPECIAL NEEDS: Some cover, such as live / artificial plants or even aquarium ornaments they can hide in. Plenty of cover, rocks, driftwood, etc, will reduce aggressive behaviour by allowing each fish to establish territorial grazing sites. They do not do well in a small tank, especially if you keep more than one. All Information & Care Sheets were written by Aqua Life. Information & advice intended as a guide only. Ph: 5562 8790 Aqua Life is on Facebook! Become a fan!