red tail compatability Question

Discussion in 'Red Tail Shark' started by wilkinson7133, Dec 7, 2009.

  1. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    Are red tails compatible with angel fish? i know different fish have different personalities so i would like as much personal experience as possible, eg some say dont keep them with barbs mine is with 3. Any feedback much appreciated

  2. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    welcome to fishlore!!!

    it depends on the size of the tank...40g or more and yes they will be fine...

  3. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    cheers shawnie what do you mean 40g? one of my two angels is quite viscous they chase each other but i kept a beta splenden with them and it got shredded luckily i got to him in time.

  4. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    what i mean is angels and rts can co exist if the tank is 40g or larger..give the shark allot of caves and hiding spots to call his own..if you have other bottom dwellers, the tank size will change......bettas dont play well with anyone..they like a playground of their own ...
  5. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    did you use 40G as in 40 gallon? i found my betta to get on with congo tetras
  6. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    40g is 40gallons yes..sorry glad you betta gets along with others..but beware, that can and probably will change as they are not community fish by nature
  7. AlyeskaGirlFishlore VIPMember

    Hello & Welcome to Fishlore!

    with my experience with my RTS, he gets along with my Angelfish, He occupies middle to bottom part of the tank, he cruises the whole tank. Best to be added last because they get terrortial especially with fish smaller then them. I had to move my Dwarf Gourmai to my 20 gallon tank because my RTS started to chase him all over the tank and my DG was in the tank first. So it all depends. Like what Shawnie said, having other bottom dwellers, especially smaller he may chase. I added 5 Giant Danios to my tank about a week ago, they mostly occupy the top, he totally ignores them, plus they are fast if he decides they don't come down to his turf. Good luck!
  8. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    RTS are territorial and the generaly rules for tankmates for them are as follows:
    1) Too big to bother (ex. Clown Loach and Oscars)
    2) Too mean to mess with (ex. Convict Cichlids)
    3) Too fast to catch (ex. rainbows)

    I've never kept Angels and so am not very familiar with they're personality.
    Also since RTS are more concerned with the ground area of a tank than the height, if you give them a big area to patrol (anything larger then three feet long) and break up lines of sight as much as possible (plants, driftwood and decorations are great) since it's hard to chase what you can't see.

    Best of luck,
  9. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    hi all thanks for the feedback shawnie said 150L/40G what about 90L/24G what do you think? are peppered catfish too smaller companions?
  10. ShawnieFishlore LegendMember

    a 90L isnt big enough for a shark IMO unless you keep him alone ...and its definately not big enough for him to play nice with other bottom dwellers like cories :( sorry
  11. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    aah, surely he would be better in a 90L then a 40? i see loads of aquatic shops keeping them with other species in 40L aquariums
  12. Red1313Fishlore VIPMember

    The 40 we're referring to is 40 Gallons not Liters.
    90L= 23.78 Gallons.
  13. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    yeh i no i got that cheers
  14. AquaristFishlore LegendMember

    Hello. :animal0068: I have moved your thread to the "red tail shark" section of the forum.
  15. wilkinson7133New MemberMember

    cheers ken, iv put my red tail with my angel fish and he's settled in fine, no problems so fingers crossed
  16. SmackNew MemberMember

    Good for you. My RTS was in a community tank (55gallon) w/Danios (6") and three Afr. dwarf frogs. Some neon tetras and large black skirts. For about a year everyone got along. All fish were fed twice daily, mix of bloodworms, brine shrimp and flakes. Then one day I had to work late and were fed only once that day....well, Mr RTS changed moods and became, "Instant A-Hole" and took his aggression out on everything.

    I've moved him to an other 55 gallon w/2 Jack Dempseys and they've gained mutual respect as RTS quickly figured out that the JD wouldn't take any crud.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2010

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