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

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I keep an Albino red-fin shark in a 200 L aquarium with a breeding pair of adult convicts. When the convicts have fry the shark stays clear, but after I have fed all the fry to my Oscar, the shark owns the tank and roams everywhere. He is so tough that he even chases the convicts every once in a while. I think that the sharks are cool and until recently there was a Red Tailed Black Shark in the tank as well. I wouldn't recommend keeping 2 sharks together, but I had them both from little dots and they were always hanging out together. Personality-wise my Albino Red Fin is up there with the cichlids and, aggression wise, gives them a run for their money. A BRILLIANT fish!

Contributed by Nathan Carr

I have recently purchased one of these great creatures. They are beautiful and mine is not shy at all. He gets along with my pair of pearl gouramis brilliantly. I have a piece of bogwood and he tries to dig under it and sometimes gets stuck. It is quite funny really! I hope he lives a long time because he is great and a treat to watch. I would recommend these to anyone who has a big enough aquarium as these can get territorial, but mine is only samll at the moment so it is not a problem. They truly are cool fish!

Contributed by Adam Bailey

A wonderful, funny, and amusing fish! Mine is in my 200 Liter Amazon biotope tank with a juvenile Brown Discus, and some Lemon Tetras. He never bothers my discus, but sometimes chases the Lemon Tetras. He is not a bottom swimmer, at least mine isn't. He is always seen in plain view, I guess because I have a HUGE cover of floating plants, 15 caves, driftwood, and plenty of large plants and nooks and crannies. He is very curious, and is watching me type right now. "Jaws" is a great fish, and I would reccomend one to anyone with lots of hiding places. The more hiding places, the more they will be seen! And isn't being able to watch them live their intriguing lives why we bought them in the first place? Good luck to all keeping this wonderful fish, and happy fishkeeping!

Contributed by Michael F. Giangrasso

I have three albinos and I have found that in this number they are more active. Mine rarely hide, are not territorial and do not bully my other fish. They are great bottom feeders. They get all the food that floats down so I don't have any build up. I'd have to say they are my favorites in the tank.

Contributed by Bruce MacGilpin

My albino rainbow shark seems to have made it his life's mission to chase my molly. This seems to have caused her so much stress that I am having to buy a new tank so that I can separate them. I have noticed that if the fish does not swim away when the shark swims up, he will just ignore it as he now does with my corys.

Contributed by Danielle

These fish are aggressive and not necessarily merely territorial. I keep mine with a non-albino rainbow shark, a small red-tailed black shark, and 5 bala sharks in a planted aquarium. Spike chases every other fish in the tank, but isn't terribly destructive; he's usually happy having forced the other fish to flee, and he is tougher than our bigger rainbow shark. While having only 3 of these kinds of sharks is not the wisest idea, ours have learned to stay clear of each other, more or less, and while Spike does chase the other two, they're all in good health. But keep in mind, there is no guarantee with one of these fish that it will restrict its aggression to other sharks. On the plus side, their chasing is hilarious. As well, they do contribute a little bit of algae eating, and they are fairly interactive with humans. Spike eats out of my hands and might often give my fingers a good nibble while he's at it. When buying one of these fish, it is prudent to assume that it will be extremely aggressive and plan accordingly. If it turns out to not to be so aggressive, there's no loss, but these fish can handle themselves with larger fish around them.

Contributed by Blake Kennedy

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