Scientific Name: Myxocyprinus asiaticus
Common Name: Hi Fin Banded Loach, Chinese High Fin Banded Shark , Chinese High Fin Sucker, Sailfin Sucker, Topsail Sucker
Adult Size: 2 - 3 feet
Life Expectancy: 25 - 30 years
Habitat: Yangtze River in China
Minimum Tank Size: 1000 gallons
Ideal Tank Conditions:
- Temperature Range: 34 - 90°F
- pH Range: 7.0 - 8.6
- Hardness Range: 150 ppm
Diet & Nutrition: Omnivore; accept most types of food and can successfully be fed sinking pellets and wafers. Sinking catfish pellets are generally good as well. Vary the diet by feeding them frozen foods, e.g. shrimps and vegetables such as frozen peas and broccoli, every now and then.
Compatible Tank Mates: See Compatibility Chart
Breeding & Spawning: Not known to spawn in captivity due to them rarely reaching maturity.
Gender: Sexing, or identifying the sex, can be difficult if the koi is under a foot long. With older koi, males are slimmer and smaller than females. Females have a fuller body and broader shoulders