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Epalzeorhynchos frenatum (Labeo frenatus)
Albino Red-Fin Shark, Albino Rainbow Sharkminnow

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Name: Epalzeorhynchos frenatum
Size TankpHTemp
Origin: Thailand (Mekong R.)
12 cm 200 L 7.5 27C


Because it's relatively easy to "fix" the appropriate genes, one of the first variants developed from a wild strain of any species is usually the albino, and the Red-Fin variant is one of the most popular albinos in the hobby. As with any albino, these fish tend to be bothered by strong light, and prefer to stay in the more shaded areas of the tank. So it's important to have plenty of these shades, to keep them more comfortable. Apart from this, the behavior is basically the same as the normal strain.

Contributed by Marcos Avila

My little snippet of advice for these babies: Make sure they have somewhere to hide! When we first came home with ours (I hadn't planned on buying it but my son saw it, liked it and we needed to restock anyway) it kept jumping into our filter where it would wind up wedged between the bag and the wall (I have an external whisper power filter). I couldn't figure out what the deal was but a few weeks later (and like 20 jumps into the filter later) I noticed him trying to hide behind our heater and I figured it out. We went out and bought some plants for him to hide in and it worked. He seems to be a loner now, but comes out every now and then to chase other fish. I rarely see him eating though unless I turn the light off, but he seems to be doing well so I'm not worried :)

Contributed by Timothy Barbeisch

This is a beautiful fish. I've had one, and all I can say is it's too bad that they like to hide. I'm thinking of buying another one and getting it it's own small tank because it likes to bully other fish. It also services as a scavenger, which is a bonus. I haven't experienced any problems with jumping though.

Contributed by Andrew Greaves

I would like to comment about the albino red fin shark. I came home with a pair of them, and they are very sociable towards the other fish in my tank (goldfish/fancy guppies/sailfin mollies/glass fish). They do not hide, they do not stay on the bottom of the tank, and they do not bully the other fish. They are very nice to look at also!

Contributed by (no name given)

I recently purchased an albino red fin shark and it is one of my favorites simply because it's albino. It's favorite place in the tank is behind a lava rock (or in it), and it is territorial about it. He does hide when the light is on, but comes out to socialize once in a while. His name is Duce (after Duce Staley-Philly Eagles).

Contributed by (no name given)

Albino rainbow sharks are a great fish. They're very peaceful and don't usually bully each other like other labeo species such as red tailed black sharks.

Contributed by D. Patching

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