Max Size: 7cm

Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Shark (Sarcocheilichthys parvus)

Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Sharks are peaceful and active and can make an ideal member of a well-researched community aquarium. However, these fish are fast-moving, so it would be best if you did not house them with smaller, slower-moving species; otherwise, it may stress them out.

These fish have small horseshoe-shaped mouths, with the lower jaw having a horny edge. The bodies of these fish are yellow to olive green in colour and are contrasted with a black longitudinal stripe on the side of their body. The males of this species have pinkish-red fins and, when they are in the breeding season, gain a pearly blotch on their snouts.

Quick Facts
Scientific NameSarcocheilichthys parvus
Year Described1930
Other NamesNone
Aquarium LevelBottom - Middle
DifficultyBeginner - Intermediate
Best kept asTrios
Water Parameters
Water TypeFreshwater
PH6.5 - 7.5
GH2 - 15
75 - 80℉
23.9 - 26.7℃


Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Shark

Natural Habitat

The Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Sharks can be found in the two major tributaries of the Xijiang River and the Beijiang River in the East Pearl River System, as well as the lower and middle reaches of the Yangtze River system in Zhejiang and the Fuchun River system in china in East Asia.

These fish inhabit slow-flowing to almost still clear waters in creeks, rocky mountain streams and rivers with a stony substrate.

Xijiang River


In the wild, the Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Shark primarily feed on aquatic invertebrates, mussels and algae. Therefore, in the home aquarium, it would be best to provide these fish with small live or frozen foods such as bloodworm, mosquito larvae, artemia, daphnia, Mysis and suchlike.

Good-quality dried foods are usually accepted, and they will occasionally consume algae and some aquatic plants.

Sexual Dimorphism

It is relatively simple to differentiate between the male and female Chinese Neon Golden Stripe Shark. The males are more vibrantly coloured than females and are usually slimmer. In contrast, females have much more rounder bodies than males and are much paler in colour.


It is believed that these fish lay eggs in freshwater muscles.

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Date Added: 28/06/2022 12:28:53 - Updated: 28/06/2022 13:53:03