Black Shark (Labeo chrysophekadion)

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Black Shark

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Black Shark

Labeo chrysophekadion

400 Litres (105.7)

30-60 cm (11.8-23.6")

sg

Freshwater

pH

6.5 - 7.5

23.9-27.2°C (75 -81 °F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Omnivore
Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-15 years

Family

Cyprinidae



Additional names

Black Sharkminnow, Black Labeo

Additional scientific names

Morulius chrysophekadion, Rohita chrysophekadion, Labeo negro


Origin

This fish originates from Asia, found across the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Sexing

Difficult to visually determine the sex. There are no records of this fish being bred in captivity.

Tank compatibility

This fish should not be kept in a community tank, with fish smaller than itself or anything delicate. It is aggressive, and territorial and best kept in a lone species tank as they will not tolerate their own kind or other shark-like fish. Can possible be kept with other robust similar sized fish but introduction should be done carefully, and as this fish mainly occupies the lower levels of the tank, other fish in this region may be bullied.

Diet

Will accept most foods including pellet and flake as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworms and tubifex. Not safe for planted tanks.

Feeding regime

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment Specifics

Needs a very large and spacious tank with some hiding places and room to roam without getting damaged, a secure lid is a must and sharp or unstable décor should be avoided.

Behaviour

A fish that is highly territorial towards conspecifics and not suitable in a community aquarium.

Identification

Similar to the Bala Shark in shape but with a larger dorsal fin, this fish is deep brown-black in colouration throughout the whole body and the fins.

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