Other Iridescent Shark Names:
Iridescent Shark, Pangasius Catfish
Iridescent Shark Scientific Name:
Pangasius hypophthalmus, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, Helicophagus hypophthalmus
Iridescent Shark Temperament:
Species Type: Asian Loaches/Catfish
Iridescent Shark Adult Size: 48 inches (cm)
Iridescent Shark Life Expectancy: 20 years
Iridescent Shark Habitat: Asian rivers
Iridescent Shark Minimum Tank Size:
Peaceful schooling fish. Can be a bit skittish.
Iridescent Shark Diet & Nutrition:
Omnivorous - does well with sinking pellet foods.
Iridescent Shark Description:
They are difficult fish to care for, despite their being easy to acquire. They grow very large, and easily outgrow even large tanks. As they are fairly active swimmers, they need a lot of open space in their tank. Floating plants seem to reduce this fish's nervousness, as they provide shade. Bright lighting is unnecessary and even harmful, as it will make the fish skittish. The iridescent shark can be purchased in an albino form and an artificially dyed form. The dyeing process is very harmful to the fish and should not be supported. These fish can be quite nervous are easily spooked, and have very bad eyesight. Not recommended for home aquaria because of the large size they attain.
Tank Mate Compatibility:
This species is not suitable for aquariums of any size due to their adult size.
Iridescent Shark Breeding & Spawning:
Adults are too large to breed in a home aquarium setting.
Determining Iridescent Shark Sex:
Males of this species have darker stripes and are more slender than the females.
Iridescent Shark Diseases:
None specific to species
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