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.

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℃

Photos of the 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
Chinese High Fin Banded Shark

Natural Habitat

Chinese High-fin Banded Sharks come from the upper and lower regions of large streams and channels in the Yangtze River system in China, including its main tributary the Min River.

The Juveniles inhabit shallow, slow-flowing highly aerated mountain streams with a rocky substrate, whereas the adults prefer the deeper areas.

This species features in the China Red Data Book of Endangered Animals where it is currently included as a second state-protected animal.

The population of the Chinese High-fin banded shark has already disappeared from the Min River due to overfishing, pollution, the introduction of exotic species, and the construction of dams impeding its migratory paths.

What to feed the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark

The Chinese High-fin Banded Shark is not fussy and is easy to feed.

They should be provided with daily meals of small live and frozen foods such as Artemia, bloodworm, daphnia and tubifex alongside high-quality pellets and flakes that can sink to the bottom, ideally containing other plant matter such as Spirulina. They also graze on algae, so supplying them with algae wafers is also probably a good idea.

How to sex the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark

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.

How to breed the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark

There is no conclusive breeding process for the Chinese high-fin banded sharks in the home aquarium. In the wild, the adults become sexually mature around six years old. This is when they will begin annual migrations into shallow faster-flowing headwaters to spawn. Spawning will usually happen between February-April, going back into the main river channels in the Autumn.

No hobbyist has been able to record successful breeding with this fish, and it is not recommended even to try. They are believed to be bred in industrial fish farms where they induce spawning by hormonal injections.

It is advisable to buy them online or in speciality fish stores where they are sold at reasonable prices.

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