Max Size: 4ft 3 inches

Chinese High Fin Banded Shark (Myxocyprinus Asiaticus)

The Hi-Fin Banded Shark has beautiful divergent colours, and the juveniles are stunning. Some fish-keepers will buy the youngsters without studying the needs to keep the fish well into its adult life.

They are docile, non-aggressive, slow-moving bottom-dwellers that make a perfect addition to the community tank, as long as you can transfer them into much larger living areas when they start to grow big as they can reach excess lengths of over three feet.

They can be kept as individuals, and they are frequently held in small shoals in an aquarium habitat.

Young Chinese High-fin banded Sharks have light bodies with three thick darkish brown to black slanting bands that deviate towards the rear of the fish, and a high triangular dorsal fin that extends to the back of the anal fin. Their colours change with their moods, and as they grow into adulthood, they become darker, and they lose their white stripes, and their bodies become more elongated, losing their distinctive high dorsal fin.

This species of fish is not related to sharks, although the juveniles do have a slight resemblance to sharks.

The High-fin Banded Shark has full, fleshy lips that display small papillae without barbels. It is deemed a true suckerfish and is defined for the absence of teeth in the mouth, just having a single row of pharyngeal teeth in the back of the throat that resembles a comb.


Chinese High Fin Banded Shark
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark
Quick Facts
Scientific NameMyxocyprinus Asiaticus
Other NamesChinese banded shark, Banded loach, High-fin Loach, Chinese High-fin Sucker, Asian Sucker, Chinese S
Aquarium LevelBottom
DifficultyIntermediate - Advanced
Lifespanup to 25 years
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.0 - 8.0
GH4 - 20
TDS36 -357
65 - 82℉
18.3 - 27.8℃


In the home aquarium, the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark will readily accept most good quality dried foods such as granules, flakes and sinking pellets. These modern food products have been developed to provide all adequate nutrition to maintain your fish's health and dietary requirements.

Providing additional foodstuffs such as live, frozen, and freeze-dried meals such as bloodworm, daphnia, and tubifex once or twice a week will provide additional benefits to your fish's health and well-being but is not a must for this fish.

It should be noted that bloodworms should only be given as an occasional treat and should not be used as the staple diet as they are difficult for fish to digest and can potentially cause blockages.

This fish is an omnivore in the wild, meaning it will consume some vegetable matter. Although most modern fish foods take this into account and include them in their products, you can still supplement your fish's diet with blanched vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, and zucchini. Ensure you do not overfeed your fish and remove any leftovers the following day.

Sexual Dimorphism

It would be best if you sexed these fish during the breeding season as it is a lot easier to differentiate males from females.

The males have a more intense red colouration on the flanks, whereas the females are a dark purple colour and develop a wide vertical reddish area along their bodies.

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Date Added: 02/09/2020 - Updated: 19/01/2022 14:06:41