Red Tail Shark Losing Colour

Mrswesty1628

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After some help please. I have a Red Tail Shark which over the last couple of days has gone agrey colour and his fins look more orange than Red. Have tested the water and everything is within acceptable parameters. He gets fed on flakes, wafers or frozen food and also shares veg like courgette with my plec. I do a 30% water change on a weekly basis. Does this mean there is something wrong ?
 

NC122606

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Mrswesty1628 said:
After some help please. I have a Red Tail Shark which over the last couple of days has gone agrey colour and his fins look more orange than Red. Have tested the water and everything is within acceptable parameters. He gets fed on flakes, wafers or frozen food and also shares veg like courgette with my plec. I do a 30% water change on a weekly basis. Does this mean there is something wrong ?
What size tank?
What is in the Tank?
Parameters?
Do your Pleco and RTS ever fight?
A picture would help.
Welcome!
 
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Mrswesty1628

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Hi. Tank is 60 litres,.
I have a bristlenose plec, Red Tail Shark, 3 Balloon Mollies, 6 Neon Tetra and a Gourami.

I have never seen them fight, they seem to share the tank really well.

Parameters

NO2 0
No3 25
Gh 8
Kh 6
Ph 6. 8

Pictures of tank and shark attached. New to keeping an aquariam so just worried have done something wronh
 

Basil

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I don’t think he’s a red tailed black shark. He looks like a rainbow shark to me. They do tend to be more gray than black.
 
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Mrswesty1628

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Basil said:
I don’t think he’s a red tailed black shark. He looks like a rainbow shark to me. They do tend to be more gray than black.
Oh wow really. Ive just googled ans I think you may be right. It was advertised as a RTS. I feel silly now ....
 

NC122606

Member
Mrswesty1628 said:
Hi. Tank is 60 litres,.
I have a bristlenose plec, Red Tail Shark, 3 Balloon Mollies, 6 Neon Tetra and a Gourami.

I have never seen them fight, they seem to share the tank really well.

Parameters

NO2 0
No3 25
Gh 8
Kh 6
Ph 6. 8

Pictures of tank and shark attached. New to keeping an aquariam so just worried have done something wronh
Seems good but 15 gallons is way too small for them, I think they need at least 55 Gallons. Overstocking can cause stress as the Dwarf GouramI can be a bully.
 
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Mrswesty1628

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NC122606 said:
Seems good but 15 gallons is way too small for them, I think they need at least 55 Gallons. Overstocking can cause stress as the Dwarf GouramI can be a bully.
I got told that this would be okay for the size tank so have been really careful not to get anymore fish as thought it was now fully stocked so am shocked that you think its way too smal The GouramI can be a bully yes, and it seems to growing bigger on a daily basis.

Will they be okay in this size tank?
 

NC122606

Member
Mrswesty1628 said:
I got told that this would be okay for the size tank so have been really careful not to get anymore fish as thought it was now fully stocked so am shocked that you think its way too smal The GouramI can be a bully yes, and it seems to growing bigger on a daily basis.

Will they be okay in this size tank?
It is your tank but they are very active swimmers and grow up to 6 inches. They will get very aggressive in that size tank. That is why the minimum is 55 gallons.
 

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