Rainbow Shark

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Description of the Rainbow Shark

The Rainbow Shark is also known as the Ruby Shark, Red-Finned Shark and Rainbow Sharkminnow. The Rainbow shark is not recommended for the beginner as it is territorial and aggressive towards fish of the same species, it is however a very useful addition to the tropical freshwater tank due to its cleaning ability! It feeds on leftover food that has sunk to the bottom of the tank and helps to keep the tank clean.

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Rainbow Shark

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Popular Name: Rainbow Shark
Species: Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

Profile of the Rainbow Shark
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Rainbow Shark species.

  • Size: Up to 6cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: Temp: 22 to 26 Degrees. PH 6.5 to 7.0

  • Diet / Feeding: Flaked, Dried or Frozen Food e.g. Bloodworms

  • Temperament: Aggressive and Territorial to other rainbow sharks

  • Habitat: Streams and Rivers with sandy bottoms

  • Behaviour: Aggressive

  • Range: South East Asia

Scientific Classification of the Rainbow Shark
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

  • Popular Name: Rainbow Shark - Ruby Shark - Red-Finned Shark - Rainbow Sharkminnow

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family:Cyprinidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Rainbow Shark?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist! Male rainbow sharks have thinner bodies than females with brighter coloring.
Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Rainbow Shark slimy?
Rainbow Shark secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Rainbow Shark to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Rainbow Shark have gills?
Gills enable the Rainbow Shark to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Rainbow Shark have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Rainbow Shark has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Rainbow Shark has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Rainbow Shark has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Rainbow Shark has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Rainbow Shark

Rainbow Shark

  • Interesting Information about Rainbow Shark

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Rainbow Shark slimy?

  • Why do the Rainbow Shark have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Rainbow Shark have fins?

  • Species: Epalzeorhynchos frenatum

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