Aquarium Fish That Look Like Sharks

Fish that look like sharks

Sharks are fascinating creatures. From Hollywood movies to skeletal museum exhibitions,  sharks spark interest and among many, who are fascinated by its danger.

So, wouldn’t it be cool to have a shark tank?

Yes, absolutely.

But is it possible to have a shark living in a tank? 

Yes, it is possible.

But don’t expect a Great White shark or a Hammerhead. 

Those are way too big not adapted for in-home aquarium living.

But fish that look like sharks can be a suitable alternative. 

To clarify

The freshwater sharks presented in this article are very unlike the hungry predators that live in saltwater. 

None of the fish presented on this list are actual sharks. In fact, they are look-alikes or wannabes, who look and behave similarly to sharks.

In fact oh, they are not sharks but they do have a similar appearance, which will please fish keepers. 

In this article we will look at some of the best aquarium sharks and discuss the required parameters for these species. Generally the species presented below are not difficult to keep.  Well some will require some adjustment in your aquarium, it’s likely that you will find this PC that will fit perfectly in your aquarium. 

To give you some perspective about the species we will present, we will discuss sizes, shapes, and the colours that these species present. We will also discuss  other factors like Diet temperament and breeding. 

Tank mates

We are all used to thinking about sharks as hungry and merciless predators,  however, not all of the species on this list have an aggressive temperament. 

Some of the species discussed in this article are adapted to live with the species that currently live in your aquarium. 

If you are planning on adding a shark fish in your aquarium,  which is not discussing this article we recommend that you exercise proper diligence.  

We recommend that you confirm compatibility between the species before you introduce you shark fish. A general rule of thumbs: if the fish can fit inside the mouth of another fish, it will likely be an issue.

Furthermore,  it’s important to assess the level of aggression of a fish.  well if fish may not be able to eat another fish in one bite,  in-fighting is another concern. 

Freshwater Aquarium Sharks

Roseline Torpedo Shark

The Roseline torpedo shark can be a colorful addition to a fish tank.  Also known as the red-lined torpedo Barb and the Denison Barb, the species torpedo is native to India, notably in the Cheenkannipuzha, Achankovil, Pamba and Chaliyar rivers.

Compared to the other species found in this publication, the Roseline torpedo is small.  At maturation, it is 6 inches long (15.2 centimeters).

The Denison shark is a schooling fish and generally peaceful if kept in schools of 6 or more. To provide an environment where they can school and be comfortable an aquarium that is built along it’s better adapted for the species.

While the Roseline torpedo is relatively small in size, it should be kept in a large tank that is 100-gallon or more. This is because the species will require at least 6 of its kind in the aquarium in order to be healthy.

The Roseline torpedo, apt to its name, is a fast swimmer. Avoid pairing the species with other slower fish.

The Roseline torpedo fish is an omnivore and is adapted  to eat a wide range of foods. this includes fish flakes, bloodworms and vegetables.

Temperature: 72-79° F / 22-26° C

pH: 6.5 to 7.5 

KH: 10 to 15

Minimum aquarium size: 75 to 100 gallons, depending population levels

Diet: Omnivore

Size: up to 18 inches (45 cm)

Silver Apollo Shark

Silver shark

First up we have the silver shark, which is native to Thailand. The species is also known as the bala shark, the shark minnow and the tricolor shark. Silver sharks have an appearance quite similar to a shark and can grow to be quite large. In fact,  a silver shark can grow to be around 18 inches when it reaches maturity, therefore, a 75 gallon+ aquarium is required.

Luckily, silver sharks are peaceful and are a shoaling species.

The small size of the silver shark demotivates predatory behavior, however, there is a possibility that they do pray on to fish that are smaller than them. 

The species is omnivore and is adapted to eat  many of the common fish foods like fish flakes bloodworms and blanch vegetables. 

Iridescent Shark

The Iridescent shark is native to Southeast Asia. 

Visa sharks are often found in pet stores. However they are not easy to keep and maintain as they are commercially available. 

Juvenile ID sharks are about 1 to 2 inches long however, they grow up  to be quite large. 

At maturity an ID shark is around 4.3 ft in length (130 cm) and weighs 44 kg (97 lbs). This accomodation difficult once they’ve reached maturation.

 Furthermore, This species is a schooling fish which requires catfish keepers cheap at least five or six of them in the same aquarium,  in order to keep their stock healthy and happy. 

Due to their large size, fish keepers should ensure that their companions are big enough to avoid predatory behavior. This further Increases the need for a large aquarium.  ID sharks should be housed in an aquarium that is at least 500 gallons gallons. 

Siamese Algae Eater

Black Shark minnow

Violet Blushing Shark

Columbian Shark

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