Violet Blushing Shark

  • Labeo boga
  • Violet Blushing Shark
  • Cirrhina boga, Gobio boga, Cyprinus boga
  • Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.
  • Unknown. Mature females may appear fuller bodied.
  • 30cm (12”)
  • Will acclimatise to a wide range of conditions. pH: 6.0-7.5, dH: up to 20 degrees.
  • 22-27 deg C (72-81 deg F)
  • Large fish community
  • No special requirements

The Violet Blushing Shark is one of the more placid members of the Labeo genus. Juvenile specimens can be housed in aquariums measuring 4ft long, but be prepared to move them on to bigger quarters as they grow. Due to the eventual large adult size of this species, they will require an aquarium measuring 6’ x 2’ x 2’ in due course. Violet Blushing Sharks can be housed either singly, or else in groups of 6 or more specimens. Smaller sized groups will result in these fish exhibiting aggressive behaviour towards one another, which can so easily be avoided. These beautiful naturally 'blushing' fish may be housed with medium sized species such as Devarios, Botiid loaches, Rainbowfish, Barilius etc. Smaller tankmates are not advised, neither are other members of the Labeo genus (such as Ruby Sharks or Red Tailed Black Sharks etc) as there will be a large amount of aggression and territorial issues. The aquarium should have a soft sand substrate in order to protect the mouth area of this species, as it does tend to browse on algae. For this reason, no sharp décor should be used. Hiding places amongst rocky caves, bogwood and hardy live plants will be very much appreciated. The Violet Blushing Shark aquarium must be well-filtered and well-aerated. These fish originate from tropical rivers and streams with a good amount of current, so a decent flow rate should be provided. Excellent water quality must be maintained at all times.


Flake, green flake, slow-sinking pellets, granular foods, catfish pellets/tablets, algae wafers, spinach, cucumber, frozen foods such as mosquito larvae, daphnia, brineshrimp, Mysis shrimp etc. Will browse on algae.


There are currently no reports of aquarium spawnings. In the wild, this fish is said to move into flooded rivers to spawn.

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