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Chinese Hi Fin Banded Shark, Myxocyprinus asiaticus

Thanks to Lemuel Martinez from Puerto Rico for the following information: 

The Chinese Hi Fin is also called the Banded Hi Fin.  It is mainly a herbivore as it has no teeth.  It will eat granules on the bottom.  It is an endangered species in China and most are wild caught. They told me the ones I bought were farm raised.  Anyway, as they grow they will loose the Hi Fin and will change its form and color into a "pleco like" color and shape.  But I have never read of this happening in captivity.  Because they are so slow growing, one might never see this happen.  I actually have seen 8 inch ones and they still have the high fin shape and color.  Their behavior is super friendly. They are very active swimmers.  In stores they might not look so nice, looking kind of pale, but when they feel safe and have good water quality the bands turn completely black.  I have mine with Discus, Angels, Rainbows, tetras and a dwarf Gourami and "no problemo".  The only fish that have attacked my high fins is my German Blue Ram, but luckily there has been no damage.

Some other names for the Chinese High Fin are: Chinese Hi Fin, Chinese High Fin Sucker, Sailfin Sucker, Topsail Sucker, Asian Sucker, Chinese Sucker, Wimple Carp, Freshwater Batfish, Entsuyui.

Chinese Hi Fin Banded Shark, Myxocyprinus asiaticus
Scientific Name: Myxocyprinus asiaticus
Family: Cyprinid
Temperature: 15 - 28 C; 59 - 82 F
pH: 6.5 - 7.5
Size: 60 cm; 24 inches
Life Span: years
Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer


Angels, Discus, Dwarf Gouramis, Goldfish, Rainbowfish, Tetras