Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)

Written by Robert Walker On February - 23 - 2012 under Fish Breeds 0 Comment

Being one of the most popular freshwater species; the silver carp has an intriguing body color or shade (blue-violet) is accented by a orange-red strip, which starts from his from tail and goes all the way to the middle of the body. Males in comparison to females are smaller, thinner, and more colorful and often have a reddish hue in the ventral area.

These species live about 5 years. Fish are easy to maintain and are perfect for beginner aquarists.

They are peaceful and can be kept in aquariums that are filled with other medium sized fish. Like other specimens of the Danio family, fish live in schools and should always be kept in groups of at least four individuals.

Habitat and care

The Burma, Thailand and Sumatra rivers are the native grounds of the Silver carp. Because it requires a slightly higher level of oxygen than other Danio specimens, it is very important to choose a good aquarium filter. Silver carp can tolerate low water temperatures and can be kept in an unheated aquarium.

Swimming at all levels, they like to jump, the aquarium must be covered. Opt for a large aquarium, with plants on edge. Radiant colors of these fish are most visible in reflected light from above. They like morning sun. While not demanding in terms of water parameters, however, prefer neutral pH water.


Any form of food like: life, frozen or as flakes. In nature, their diet consists primarily of insects and zooplankton will be accepted by the Silver carp. To keep them healthy, feed them with quality tropical flake or granulated food or with living food such as Tubifex, mosquito larvae, shrimps and Daphnia.


Silver carps are easily reproduced by eggs. The female has a more rounded body, while the male is considerably smaller and more colorful. When pairs form, they are very loyal.

The water in the tank for breeding should have 26 to 30 degrees C, and its level should not exceed 10-15 cm. It would be nice to add fine-leaved plants, or group floating plants. Marble balls can be used as a substrate to protect the eggs of other fish.

In the breeding aquarium should be placed two times fewer females than males. They have moved a few days before males. It will form pairs and leave the group to spawn among plants. Adults should be removed as soon as the deposit was completed, otherwise, they will eat the young.

Keep the aquarium in the dark until the eggs develop to prevent fungal growth. Fishes will go out 36-48 hours after submission and must be fed with fresh shrimp. They grow quickly and can be fed finely crushed dry food or special food from pet stores.

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