Fish Species

Shark Minnow

Shark Minnow - Description

The Shark Minnow is also known as the Tricolor Sharkminnow and can be identified by its silver body with black markings on it Dorsal, Pelvic, Caudal and Anal fins.

A hardy fish, it is a good choice for the beginner. It gets the name 'shark' because of its torpedo shaped body and large fins but it is not in fact a true shark.

The Shark Minnow is a common tropical aquarium fish, however it is an endangered species in its native habitat.

Popular Name: Shark Minnow
Species: Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Profile of the Shark Minnow

This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Shark Minnow species.

  • Size: Up to 35cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 6.0 to 8.0. Temp 22 to 28 Degrees

  • Diet / Feeding: Dried, Flaked or Frozen Food

  • Temperament: Peaceful

  • Habitat: Freshwater Rivers and Streams

  • Behaviour: Good Community Fish

  • Range: Mekong and Chao Phraya River basins, Borneo, Malay Peninsula and  Sumatra, Asia

Scientific Classification of the Shark Minnow

Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Balantiocheilos melanopterus

  • Popular Name: Shark Minnow - Tricolor Sharkminnow

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Cypriniformes

  • Family: Cyprinidae


Aquarium Fish Index

Facts about Fish Species - Shark Minnow

The colours, shapes and sizes of individual fishes varies enormously - you really need excellent quality pictures or photographs to assist in the identification process.


A combination of the number of fins and their characteristics, color, scale counts, general features, maximum length and distribution are used during a species identification process.

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