Does Anyone Know What Kind Of Freshwater Fish This Is?

Victor Noda

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I think hes supposed to eat algae.
 

Iverg1

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A picture would help
 
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Victor Noda

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haha...thought it went up...hold on..

Here he is!
 

MikeRad89

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High fin banded shark

Myxocyprinus asiaticus
 

JoeCamaro

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Chinese High-Fin Banded Shark

MikeRad89 said:
High fin banded shark
You beat me to it. We were writing at the same time I guess, lol.
 
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Victor Noda

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I bought him at a fish store that's kinda far away. I wanted something that was hardy enough to live in my outdoor goldfish aquarium but for a 20 gallon tank. I didn't want him to get any bigger than 6 inches. The guy at the store told me, I think maybe a ranger or a congo, or something, but I forgot. He supposed to eat algae, but so far, I think he just likes fish food.
 

MikeRad89

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Well he's going to get a bit bigger than that. They grow to nearly 5 feet.
 
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Victor Noda

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Ah...very cool. I'm really excited about this guy. Although, when I bought him, he didn't have any stripes...he was just pink...and then something happened. Do you think he's okay?
 

FlipFlopFishFlake

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That is NOT a plecostomas, and not even a good algae eater. That is a baby fish known as the high fin banded shark. As an adult it will get huge (over 50 inches) and turn a muddy brown color, as well as losing it's fancy dorsal fin. I recommend taking it back as soon as possible as it is highly unlikely you have the means to care for it as an adult.
 
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Victor Noda

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Whaaaaaaaaaaa???? Yikes!

I'm showing my wife right now.
 

FlipFlopFishFlake

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Victor Noda said:
Whaaaaaaaaaaa???? Yikes!
Ya, look up pictures of adults and they look like completely different fish haha
 
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Victor Noda

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Well, in summary. I just spent the entire night researching the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark. I learned a lot and I know it would be irresponsible of me to keep him, now, knowing that it's just going to be huge, and I would be forced to take him over to my LFS to have them rescue him. He is a pretty cool little fish, although the circumstances of how I acquired him is a bit fishy...meaning that he was described to me as something he is not...but oh well.
 

Seth15

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Unfortunately sometimes workers at LFS will describe fish as something else purposely or non-knowingly just to make a quick sale.

Glad to hear though that you have made a responsible decision to return him, hopefully the next owner can provide the proper home/pond.

Victor Noda said:
Well, in summary. I just spent the entire night researching the Chinese High Fin Banded Shark. I learned a lot and I know it would be irresponsible of me to keep him, now, knowing that it's just going to be huge, and I would be forced to take him over to my LFS to have them rescue him. He is a pretty cool little fish, although the circumstances of how I acquired him is a bit fishy...meaning that he was described to me as something he is not...but oh well.
 

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