Black Shark (Labeo chrysophekadion)

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Black Shark

Black Shark

Labeo chrysophekadion

400 Litres (105.7)

30-60 cm (11.8-23.6")




6.5 - 7.5

23.9-27.2°C (75 -81 °F)

10-15 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods
Other (See article)

5-20+ years



Additional names

Black Sharkminnow, Black Labeo

Additional scientific names

Morulius chrysophekadion, Rohita chrysophekadion, Labeo negro

Origin[edit | edit source]

This fish originates from Asia, found across the Mekong and Chao Phraya basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Java and Borneo.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Difficult to visually determine the sex. There are no records of this fish being bred in captivity.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

This fish should not be kept in a community tank, with fish smaller than itself or anything delicate. It is aggressive, and territorial and best kept in a lone species tank as they will not tolerate their own kind or other shark-like fish. Can possible be kept with other robust similar sized fish but introduction should be done carefully, and as this fish mainly occupies the lower levels of the tank, other fish in this region may be bullied.

Diet[edit | edit source]

Will accept most foods including pellets, algae discs, and flakes as well as live/frozen foods such as bloodworms and tubifex. Not safe for planted tanks.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed frequently. This species will eat all day long but can survive with once or twice a day feeding.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Needs a very large and spacious tank with some hiding places and room to roam without getting damaged, a secure lid is a must and sharp or unstable décor should be avoided.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A fish that is highly territorial towards conspecifics and not suitable in a community aquarium. Level of activity is dependent on nutrition. More food, more action. Lessfood less action.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Similar to the Bala Shark in shape but with a larger dorsal fin, this fish is deep brown-black in colouration throughout the whole body and the fins.

Pictures[edit | edit source]

Videos[edit | edit source]

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