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Otocinclus: Oto Catfish Care Guide & Species Profile

How many rainbow sharks can live together?

Rainbow sharks cannot live together in a tank. In the wild, rainbow sharks lead solitary lives. Moreover, they’re very territorial and cannot tolerate others of their own kind.

As a general rule, you should only keep one rainbow shark in a tank, especially if you’re a novice fishkeeper.

With that said, if you insist on keeping more than one rainbow shark in a tank, there are some guidelines you can follow:

  • Never keep just a couple of rainbow sharks
  • Keep at least five rainbow sharks together, so the dominant ones have multiple rivals to chase around
  • Introduce them when they’re juveniles
  • Each rainbow shark needs at least a meter of separated territory