Myxocyprinus asiaticus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : China, Yangtse river
Length : 60 cm - 25"
Min. length aquarium : 250 cm - 100"
English names : Chinese Highfin Sucker, Sailfin Sucker, Chinese Sucker, Wimple Carp
This fish is only suited for a very large aquarium.  Only at young age they can be kept in a smaller aquarium.  The aquarium can be planted with hard plants.  A powerful filter is appreciated.  It is a schooling fish that lives in large groups in Yangtse river.  He grows slowly and can reach the age of 25 years.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.  He loves mosquito larvae.  They eat their own excrements as well.

This fish has not been bred in the aquarium.  In their natural habitat this fish is very productive.  The female lays up to 50.000 eggs that are guarded by the male.  In China this is a fish for consumption.  After the construction of the Three Gorges Dam the fish has become more scare.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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