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.
|Scientific Name||Sarcocheilichthys parvus|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Difficulty||Beginner - Intermediate|
|Best kept as||Trios|
|PH||6.5 - 7.5|
|GH||2 - 15|
|75 - 80℉|
23.9 - 26.7℃
In the home aquarium, the Chinese Neon Golden Stripe 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.
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.