|Chinese Hi-Finned Banded
Shark We are SOLD OUT FOR 2014
PLEASE read all the information below and watch the videos of these amazing pond fish.
The "sharks" are shy, docile, non-aggressive fish that get along with all pond fish. They are also masters of hiding! They are schooling fish so it is not recommended to add just one. Some will school with my koi and some "sharks" school together. I had not seen the one in my upper pond in many months. Then one day on my way to the greenhouse, there he was. And he was 16 inches long. Now that I know his hiding spot is behind a pot of lilies, I check on him regularly.
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Please note the photos and videos down below were done in March of 2010 and I did not see any reason to do new photos or videos because they look the same as they did last year.
More information for 2013.
Must see video! 1/01/2013 The video to the left was taken with my live stream underwater camera found here. In the lower right hand corner of the video you will see 2 of the 3 Chinese hi-finned banded sharks that live in our lower pond with our Koi. The other 4 that we have, 2 in the upper pond and 2 in our middle pond are much larger because they do not compete with the Koi for food.
We have 8 in our personal pond and they range from 8 inches to 18 inches in 2013. I fed mine Sho Koi that I soaked in water and mashed up so it would sink to the bottom. I could see the 3 in my lower pond going along the bottom eating algae too on my underwater live stream video camera. Two schooled together (one male and one female) the other in the lower pond schooled with the koi. You can photos of them near the bottom of this page taken mid summer in 2010.
FROM SOME OF THE 2012 BUYERS THAT I HAVE HEARD FROM SO FAR
*** A customer in Nebraska, zone 5 left his 2 in his pond. When the ice thawed (he kept an open spot all winter) one was dead. A few weeks later he emailed back to say the other one was spotted eating algae on the side of the pond. There is no way to know why the one died and one lived.
*** Mine did good he is growing and we had some nasty cold cold weather. I saw him a couple times in the last few weeks.
Cindy Andrews Texas
*** Hi Bonnie,
My hi-fin sharks spent the winter in my office in a 55 gal tank. They have grown to be about 12" long and we have fed them the food I got from you along with some flakes the other fish in the tank can't get.
I will probably return them to the pond next week! We had a cold winter here with one snow that gave us 14" and we had consistent temps in the 20's in December. I don't think the sharks would have made it although the goldfish made out great!
If the sharks grow as much this year I don't know what we'll do this coming winter.
Cape Charles, Virginia ( Eastern Shore)
r West Texas but they managed to make it th
I heard from one customer who not only lost all her Koi but her sharks to a heron
While researching I found many other names that this fish is know by and they are, Asian Hi-fin Banded Sucker, Chinese Hi-fin Banded Sucker, Chinese Sail fin Sucker, Freshwater Batfish, Hi-fin Banded Shark, Hi-fin Banded Sucker, Chinese Hi-fin Loach, bat fish.
Please be sure to watch the 3 live videos at the end of this page and hear my surprised voice.
Update late March I added 7 to my 15,000 gallon pond and I can see them going along the bottom eating algae. We have shipped out lots of them and the email response from those who received them has been awesome. Every one has been as impressed as we are!
They are docile, non aggressive fish that get a long with other fish.
You would need to bring them in the house for the winter to an aquarium if you live where there is ice for more than a week or so during the winter. They can take a few weeks of really cold water. Here in NC, zone 7, they winter over just fine.
Chinese hi-fin banded sharks are only found in the Yangtze River in China. They do not breed in captivity, no one knows why. They live 15 to 20 years and will grow to 20 inches. They only grow 1 to 2 inches a year.
All of my fish have been treated for parasites and bacterial infection and have been fully quarantined.
Your water has to be at least 60 and on the rise to add them to a pond. While you can add one to your pond/tank it is best to have 2 because they are schooling fish and tend to get lonely by themselves
You can see mine that has been in my pond since March 19th if you go to the link below that goes to my underwater camera. We have a temporary bottom drain cover and he sits near the 2 rocks on top of the cover. He swims away occasionally but then returns to the same spot. I can see him eating algae.
|These are baby koi I had in a tank that I decided to add the "sharks" to because it had the most algae and the babies are not able to eat it as fast as it grows.|
|Update May 28th 2010|
It has been 2-1/2 months since I
added 2 of the Chinese banded hi-fin sharks to my lower pond.
One would stay near the underwater camera stand and the other on or
near the rock that is holding down the temporary bottom drain cover.
It is a lotus pan turned upside down. LOL! but it works.
I had no seen either of them for a few weeks and figured the dratted
kingfisher got them.
In fact a couple of weeks ago, Rich was in the pond to get out breeders for spawning. He had drained down the pond by about 1/2. I have no rocks in my lower pond so there is really no place for a fish to hide. Or so I thought
I so enjoyed my morning coffee while watching them and their antics on my live streaming camera. I had been so bummed out because they were "gone".
This afternoon while on my way down to the greenhouse, I spotted both of them sitting together near the camera stand for the underwater camera. I dashed back up to the house to get my camera.
While the photo is not the best, you can see them both side by side. Now I need to figure out which is the male and which is the female.....
So for those of you who thought they were "gone" trust me, they are masters of hiding.
In this video they sharks have been floated in the tank and
transferred to a bowl so I could do photos and videos
|Update August 12, 2010|
5 months have gone by since I added the "sharks" to my pond.
They no longer stay on the bottom or hide. They now school
together by themselves or with my Koi. There are actually 3 of
them in my lower pond but I am not able to get a photo of all 3
|Update September 2010|
Yesterday we drained the upper pond and vacuumed the liner, dead headed the lilies and fertilized them. There were 2 small koi and one "shark" there. He/she was 7 inches back in March. He/she is now 10.5 inches
Today we drained the middle pond and vacuumed the liner, dead headed the lilies and fertilized them. There were 4 small koi and one "shark" there. He/she was 7 inches back in March. He/she is now 12 inches
He was so docile he laid in my hand under the water. So I decided to take a picture of him/her on its side
r You can tell his size by looking at my hand. I tried to hold him in my hand and do the photo but I needed to also work the camera at the same time. LOL
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