Red Tail Shark Tips, Page 2Red Tail Shark
I agree with Steve that RTB sharks seem to love clown loaches, particularly if they are roughly the same size. I have 1 7.5" RTB in the same tank as a 6.5" clown loach, and they seem inseperable.
I have a Red tailed shark in a 50 gallon community tank with a bred pair of kribensis. They both seem to have their own side of the tank. If one goes on the others side they chase the other off. But I don't know if I should move one of them to give the other more room, but it seems that if they are on their own sides they both seem fine.
My red tail shark is usually pretty docile with the other fish in the tank (5 tiger / 2 green barbs, and 3 Odessa barbs.) But come feeding time he is going nuts chasing all the other fish, no matter what part of the tank they are in. Luckily the barbs are a pretty hardy fish, but I don't want them too stressed because it's a new tank and is currently cycling. I like her/him (I think it's female because of a light grey underbelly) but I certainly hope it calms down soon.
I have 2 cichlids bigger than my redtail shark who has his own cave. My cichlids get scared when they go pass his cave because he is not peaceful.
Red tail black sharks will help you curb your freshwater snail population if you don't over feed them. I keep one in a 45 gallon community tank of mollies, gold tetras, dwarf rasboras, and black phantom tetras. I know it's an odd combination but the red tail black shark is now 4 years old and cruises the tank with authority. The snail population has been stablized and shark happily dines on shrimp pellets every morning.
|From: Phil T.|
My RTBS has been a great addition to my community tank. With 6 active tiger barbs plaus a shoal of neon tetras I was anxious about how its addition would impact upon the community. I had read all the warnings! My anxieties were heightened when I watched around 25 RTBS's engage in open warfare in the shop's tank! Choosing one was a tricky balancing act. I wanted to get one that had not had its dorsal fin ripped to shreds (like some in the tank) but I did not want one so dominant he would terrorise the tank.
In the end I need not have worried. The first five minutes after his release were anxious. The alpha male of the barbs went for him and damaged the very tip of his dorsal fin. The other barbs followed suit and it was chaos for about five minutes. Then the red tail retreated to the shelter of a plant which he has made his home since.
This juvenile red tail has grown in confidence and when the tank is more dimly lit he happily swims around never troubling others and being left in peace by the barbs. Getting feeding right is important. I tend to let the greedy barbs get distracted by flake food on the surface then quickly flick a sprinkle of sinking pellets over the area of his plant. When they sink down he loves to roll on his side and eat off the plant. He also has helped get rid of an algae problem, feeding off a bit of artificial coral after lights out.
I have no hesitation in recommending this beautiful fish but choose carefully at the shop and make sure they bag the one you want!
I would suggest keeping a red-tailed shark either by himself or with more than just 1 other fish. I found that he bullied the barb I had put in with him until he died. They definitely like to have their home and they won't let anyone else near it. They are beautiful though!
I have a 5 year old Red Tail. He grew up in a 30 gallon with an Oscar and a Pearl Gourami. They got along fine. The Oscar has doubled both of them in size but no problems. I moved the three of them to a 75 gallon tank and added a 10 year old pleco. They are all living together in harmony.
Author : Mike FishLore
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