This is the largest “shark” species kept in aquaria. Most specimens offered are around 4in (10cm) or smaller. They will grow quickly and are therefore not suitable for the average aquaria. However, if sufficiently spacious accommodation is available, a lone large specimen will prove a long-lived and impressive companion. Two other Labeo species (both smaller, but still substantial) are also available: L. forskalii (Plain Shark) and L. variegatus (Harlequin or Variegated Shark).
Other common name
- Black Labeo
- Southwest Asia (widely distributed).
- Up to 24in (60cm) reported.
- A loner that is aggressive toward members of its own species. Diet: All foods accepted; vegetable component important.
- Roomy, well-filtered, well-aerated aquarium with large shelters, e.g. caves or bogwood. Water chemistry not critical. Temperature range: 75-81 °F (24-27°C).
- No reports available.