Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Redtail Shark - Aquarium Fish
Tank:The aquarium tank recommended to keep the red-tail shark is at least 20-gallons. The tanks should be decorated with several places for this fish to hide.
When the picture at the top of this page was taken, there were over 150 Redtail Sharks in the aquarium. When they live together in large numbers in a large aquarium, they get along well with each other. They quarrel but almost never hurt one another.
A good crop of algae is absolutely recommended for a Red Tailed Black Shark tank so if you find algae unsightly, this is not the fish for you. They spend almost the entirety of their day grazing algae from filter tubes, sponges, the lips of HOB filters (fighting the overflow), plant leaves, and tank ornaments, although, unlike plecos, they will rarely graze on the walls of the aquarium aside from looking for food stuck at the water line.
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The Red tail shark is very popular in freshwater tropical aquariums. It is very beautiful with a vibrantly red tail that contrasts against a pitch black body. The intensity of the coloration can indicate how well your Red tail shark is doing in the aquarium, since a diseased or stressed Red tail shark often develop a more dull and listless coloration. If you care for your Red tail shark, it can live up to 15 years.It requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This shark may set up territories around the aquarium. The Redtail Shark will become very aggressive towards its own species when mature.The Red tail shark is popular in Asian biotope aquariums as well as traditional community tanks. It is very territorial and keeping several Red tail sharks in the same aquarium will usually result in a lot of fighting. It can also be aggressive towards other species, especially if those species look similar to the Red tail shark. Keeping it with robust fishes that will not tolerate being bullied is therefore recommended. Keeping your Red tail shark with other fish from the same genus is generally a bad idea, and the Siamese Algae Eater and Red-Finned shark should also be avoided. Young specimens are usually more peaceful than older fishes. The Red tail shark has been successfully kept with big Tetras, Barbs and many other types of sturdy fish species.Breeding the Red tail shark in aquariums can be hard, and the Red tail sharks in fish stores have therefore usually been imported from Thailand. In Thailand, large amounts of Red tail sharks are produced in fish farms each year. Only occasional reports of Red tail shark spawnings in aquariums exist. One of the problems that must be overcome if you want to breed Red tail sharks is the fact that they are very aggressive. Keeping more than one Red tail shark in the same aquarium will usually result in a lot of violence, and this is naturally a problem if you intend to breed them. Sexing is also difficult. Females may have a less pointed dorsal fin.