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Gold Rainbow Shark

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This item is available for purchase in-store only.
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Currently offered Mon-Fri in select areas. Order by 2pm & receive your order between 6-9pm. Order after 2pm & receive it next working evening between 6-9pm. Learn more.

I193450-Gold Rainbow Shark
I193450-Gold Rainbow Shark

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Care instructions

What fish can live with Gold Rainbow Shark?: They are considered semi-aggressive. Semi-aggressive fish are those that may attack other fish if the circumstances are right. Rainbow sharks are somewhat territorial and are therefore more likely to attack if their space is threatened. This is the biggest reason why having a large enough tank is so important. When given the right amount of space, rainbow sharks will typically get along well with other freshwater fish like gouramis, rasboras and danio's. With that being said, there are certain fish that should not be placed in a tank along with rainbow fish. Some rainbow sharks are also naturally more aggressive that others and may become more territorial with age. As such, you should always use caution when introducing your rainbow shark to other fish.

What do Gold Rainbow Shark eat?: In their natural environment, rainbow sharks are mostly omnivores that eat a lot of algae, larvae, and bits of meat. In an aquarium, they will also eat any algae that naturally forms at the bottom of your tank. You can also give them algae in tablet, flake, or wafer form if there isn’t enough inside your tank for them to dine on. While algae is a common part of the rainbow shark’s diet, they require a balanced and varied diet. Like, frozen bloodworms, insect larvae, tubifex worms and more.






Epalzeorhynchos frenatus

Temperature: 24 - 29°C

Minimum tank size: 150L 

Max Size: 15cm

Temperment: Semi-aggressive - can be kept in a community tank with similar sized tankmates.

Shoal Size: Only keep one per aquarium to minimise aggression.

pH range: 6.6-7.2

Temperature Range: 24-29°C


General Information

Despite it's common name, they are not true sharks - which belong to the Chondrichthyes ("cartilagenous fishes"), and are instead an Actinopterygiian ("ray-finned fish").

Become aggressive towards their own (and similar) species when mature, so should not be kept in groups.

Prefers a well-planted aquarium with plenty of hiding spots. Due to their large size when mature, not recommended for beginner fish keepers.



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