Red Tail Shark

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Laxin10, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. Laxin10

    Laxin10Valued MemberMember


    So I have room for a 40b tank (unfortunately don't have room for a 55, my house is filled with tanks). Since I've never kept them before, I was wondering if I could house a single Red Tail Shark in one with no other tank mates (I know they get to be about 6 in). I've been fascinated with them since I had originally started this hobby 5 years ago.
  2. FishFish221

    FishFish221Well Known MemberMember

    Yes, you can.
  3. OP

    Laxin10Valued MemberMember

    What about substrate? I always prefer using gravel over sand (aside from my salt water tank). I know sharper gravel might hurt them. Would larger more rounder stones be okay?
  4. Lance0414

    Lance0414Well Known MemberMember

    As long as the gravel is round then it should be fine and large round stones should be fine also.
  5. fissh

    fisshWell Known MemberMember

    Try to get as large as you can, so you know you have a show specimen. They do live a looong time, I saw one that was 22 years old and 7 inches long!
  6. toolman

    toolmanWell Known MemberMember

    I had 2 in my 75gallon tank when I first got it, were some of the coolest fish to watch.

    Love this idea!
  7. OP

    Laxin10Valued MemberMember

    And what about flow? Are RTS sharks happy with a little extra current aside from the filter? I have a spare power head that I've been wanting to use.

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