Red Tail Shark Question

  1. delta5

    delta5 Well Known Member Member

    After I rehome all non-cichlids from my 55g and add a bristlenose will it be possible to house a RTS with cichlids? Planning on keeping the 10 tiger barbs in a dirt/planted 20g long.
     
  2. Adam55

    Adam55 Well Known Member Member

    I don't see why not, but what sort of cichlids? I have a RTS with a firemouth now and they never really take notice of each other.
     
  3. Phishphin

    Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    Like Adam said, the real question is what cichlids? :)

    If there is a single "good" territory, there may be some brief infighting.
     


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    delta5

    delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Yellow labs and an acei. I think ill have 5 yellow labs, 5 acei, 5 third mumbla, bristlenose or albino, RTS. IDK how dated this thinking is but I keep reading divide your tank size by 2 and thats how many cichlids you can have. So I figured 15 african cichlids and the other 2 I mentioned would be fine. Of course before adding the third african species I'll upgrade my filtration. (currently aq50, C-220)
     
  5. Phishphin

    Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    I guess the only concern I'd have with a heavy stocking of african cichlids is that the RTS may not appreciate it as much and may become much more aggressive with interlopers once it hits adulthood. Although, I've never mixed the two so I couldn't really say. If you are going for an african biotope, I would maybe reconsider fish outside of that jurisdiction. Just my :;2cents
     
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    delta5

    delta5 Well Known Member Member

    What if I kept it to 9 labs and the acei I already have?
     
  7. Phishphin

    Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    I suspect it would probably be ok. RTS, while aggressive with their own kind, seem oddly tolerant of other fish... so long as they get their space. :)
     
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    delta5

    delta5 Well Known Member Member

    Will a RTS push it's way through thick plants? I'm thinking it'd love the back corner with a little cave, driftwood and lots of plants. make the middle of the tank open space, and keep the right heavily stocked with limestone. I'm thinking i'd like a taller pile of rocks verse wider.
     
  9. Phishphin

    Phishphin Well Known Member Member

    That sounds like an excellent idea! I'm sure the RTS would love it.