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3 years ago #1
Rohan
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What other fishes are compatible with red tail shark?

Are bettas compatible ?

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3 years ago #2
johnarthur
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They grow up to six inches long and can be aggressive, especially with members of their own species. If your aquarium has plenty of room and no aggressive tankmates, the red tail may be OK. They are not sharks but are related to carp.

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3 years ago #3
Rohan
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@ johnarthur

Thanks

is betta a safe tankmate?

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3 years ago #4
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Maybe a female Betta would be OK, but the red tail shark may harass a male Betta because of his elaborate fins and slow swimming.

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3 years ago #5
Rohan
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@ johnarthur



What other fishes are compatible with red tails?

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3 years ago #6
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what size tank are you planning on for this Red Tail Black Shark?

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3 years ago #7
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@ Jase

kept the 1 inch red tail in a 8g tank with a male betta

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3 years ago #8
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Consider immediate rehousing or even returning of the red tail shark. They are truly lovely fish, bit on the aggressive side, but need plenty of space.

8 gallons is simply not enough, and its not even great as a temporary house for him/her.

Sorry, but i know you care about fish, so i'm sure you'd want to ensure this new fish has the best home it can have.

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3 years ago #9
Rohan
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@ Jase



Should i keep him with my goldies in the 15g tank ?

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3 years ago #10
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you can keep him keep 1 red tail shark as they are intolerent toward there own species.. I've kept them for 6months before my friend took it from me...

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3 years ago #11
Rohan
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@ Subhayan

With what fish you kept the red tail ?

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3 years ago #12
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All depends how 'long-term' you want to keep this fish.

Its all very well saying 'you can give to a friend in 6 months' but this rather defeats the object of getting the fish in the first place?

Red Tail sharks do get to quite a size, up to 6 inches and if their lifespan average is up to 8 years or 10 max, then this suggests they can grow quite quickly which means your tank right now is way too small.

I don't believe that small tanks stop fish growing either, in fact everything i've read contradicts this theory.

Personally I would consider what is best for this fish. 8 gallon is too small, 15 gallon is too small. Do you have any friends with much much bigger tanks?

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3 years ago #13
Rohan
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Jase wrote:
All depends how 'long-term' you want to keep this fish.

Its all very well saying 'you can give to a friend in 6 months' but this rather defeats the object of getting the fish in the first place?

Red Tail sharks do get to quite a size, up to 6 inches and if their lifespan average is up to 8 years or 10 max, then this suggests they can grow quite quickly which means your tank right now is way too small.

I don't believe that small tanks stop fish growing either, in fact everything i've read contradicts this theory.

Personally I would consider what is best for this fish. 8 gallon is too small, 15 gallon is too small. Do you have any friends with much much bigger tanks?


Don't have any friends with big tanks

What should i do?

He(the read tail;though dunno whether its she or not ) is 1 inch now
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3 years ago #14
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if you don't think you can provide it with a larger home to swim in.. for its future life, the it may be worth seeing if you can find someone to take him and re-house him.

One thing is certain, 8 gallons is not enough, you need a tank 5 times that size to keep this fish, so unless you can truly say that you will buy a much bigger aquarium then i'm afraid you have been missold on this fish.

We could honestly put any fish thats only 1 inch in size into our smaller aquariums, but its always best to research what size they potentially grow to so we can decide if buying them is actually going to be good for the fish for the rest of its life.

I presume you cannot return this fish to the seller?

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3 years ago #15
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@ rohan I had kept them with goldfishes, blue lily, loaches,etc..they are good community fish. But dont keep the fish in the 8gallon atleast house him in the other tank you have. let it grow for some days . after it grows too big or creates problem to you, you can take it to the LFS guy and give it to him.. for some money.. or you can contact me i know a shop which would take any kind of fish you take to him but the factor is the price will be low..for the time being you can keep it for no problem atall.
@ jase its true I was very sure I wouldnot keep them my freind had booked it in advance after he bought a new aquarium he took it from me..

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3 years ago #16
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I currently have my red tail in a 20G (he's still pretty small) and I am told that that might be too small. I actually wanted to transfer my betta into the tank with red tail and that lasted all of an hour. The betta (who has actually done really well with other fish) immediately fanned out his fins which I have rarely seen him do and neither one of them wanted to leave the other alone. Maybe was the colour of the red tail that bothered the better, who knows. Currently I have my red tail with danios, corys, rainbowfish and barbs. The only issue I have seen is with the barbs. He chases loves to chase.. so far thats it but I watching for it too get worse. I think because the barbs are a bit aggressive and also like to eat food off the bottom of the tank. When I drop an algae wafer ALL my fish go for it (poor corys).. if a barb goes for it he chases them half way around the tank.. the other fish are smarter to just wait their turn and if the corys are feeding the red tail actually waits his turn which is pretty friggin' cute.

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3 years ago #17
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i put my red tail shark with 3 yoyo loaches, 1 kissing gourami in 55 gallon. you can't put him in such a tiny aquarium. red tail shark and betta both are aggressive fish. why don't u purchased 60 gallon tank with divider. ur betta can lived happily in 5 gallon and red tail in 55 gallon.

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3 years ago #18
Rohan
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rashan wrote:
i put my red tail shark with 3 yoyo loaches, 1 kissing gourami in 55 gallon. you can't put him in such a tiny aquarium. red tail shark and betta both are aggressive fish. why don't u purchased 60 gallon tank with divider. ur betta can lived happily in 5 gallon and red tail in 55 gallon. :P


That's a huge tank mate

Will be enuf for me to stay inside
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3 years ago #19
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Rohan wrote:
rashan wrote:
i put my red tail shark with 3 yoyo loaches, 1 kissing gourami in 55 gallon. you can't put him in such a tiny aquarium. red tail shark and betta both are aggressive fish. why don't u purchased 60 gallon tank with divider. ur betta can lived happily in 5 gallon and red tail in 55 gallon. :P


That's a huge tank mate :P

Will be enuf for me to stay inside :P


lol. 65 gallon won't take much space. 36L x 18W x 24H.
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3 years ago #20
Ryan D
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As a beginner, and being quite young with little money, i bought my Red Tailed Shark and housed it in my 18g tank. I now have a beautiful 55 gallon tank, but i'm afraid it's too late. I bought this other tank a month ago, and all of my other fish (dwarf gourami, silver dollars, angelfish, platys, and dalmatian Mollies) have all grown quite well, and all seem to be healthy. Even with this large tank, my Red Tailed Sharks size has not increased, after such a long time of being stressed in an environment that was much too small for his possible size i think he has pretty much hit his limit for size. he's a bout 3 inches in total.

By the way, if you plan on getting a new aquarium, or keeping Red Tails ever again, i recommend adding aquarium salt. I have never seen my red tails fin so impressively red before. it also will not harm any fish, and generally enhances them

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3 years ago #21
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With so many fish species, your aquarium may have compatibility issues related to water parameter requirements and behaviors. If you regularly use salt in a freshwater aquarium, you should know that some freshwater species are sensitive to the stuff. In addition, salt does not evaporate like water so its concentration tends to increase. Salt concentration thus needs to be monitored with a refractometer or hydrometer.

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2 years ago #22
Freshwater
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I just added my beta in with my red tail and they get along great. The shark try's to intimidate the beta, but the beta is not having it and won't be chased. I think they have developed a healthy respect for one another.

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2 years ago #23
matt
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it depends if you are going to get rid of it then i re home tropics as i have a 35 gallon tank currently empty

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2 years ago #24
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Ive kept guppies, tetras ( would have to keep peaceful small ones)
Bala sharks, ottos,gouramis(dwarf),platies,mollies and danios(take care when choosing which ones) with red tailed shark.

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2 years ago #25
FrysRus
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I have a 30 gallon with 3 tiger barbs, 2 albino tiger barbs, 2 Gold Gourami's, an 8 inch long Trinidad Plecostomus, 6 Zebra Danios, AND a red fin shark. No blood baths yet.

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2 years ago #26
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i have one red tale shark with a rainbow shark and get no problems in a 55 gallon. its the personality. just like people some are agressive more than others.

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2 years ago #27
tomtom
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can you keep them with angels fish

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2 years ago #28
PnC
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i have a red tail, a rainbow shark, 13 female bettas, a gazilion guppies, 6 zebra tetras and 2 of what i call Killas hehe cant remember what they actually are thO and upsidedown cat fish, chinese algea eater, rubber lip pleco, and reg pleco i have no problems in my 60 gallon tank besides the guppies gang up on the red tail. its actually kinda funny to watch the guppies suround the red tail and lead him where they want him. cant wait til he grows some thO he just about a half an inch long atm. i honestly believe if you do your tank right you can house many diffrent semi-aggressiv fish together for years

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2 years ago #29
PnC
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sorry that was danios not tetras my mind went to fast for my fingers sorry for the error

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2 years ago #30
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RTS stays best with Rainbow fishes like solomon and parkinson, yoyo loach, clown loach and dennisoni barb.
Need to give RTS a seperate shelter made of stones and a seperate shelter for the loaches. RTS are territorial and hence will keep a strict vigil on his home. For 4 yoyo, 1 RTS 2 solomon and 4 parkinson you need a minimum 40 gallon tank with top filter or a 1200 litre per hour corner filter.

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