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Redtail Black Shark

posted: 05/15/12
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Redtail Black Shark
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The Redtail Black Shark, also known as the Redtail Shark, Red-Tailed Labeo, or Redtailed Black Shark, is an excellent choice for the semi-aggressive community aquarium, as long as it is the sole shark and the other tank mates are of similar size. The Redtail Black Shark is a beautiful fish with a jet black body and bright red tail. The dorsal fin is marked with a white tip.

It requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This shark may set up territories around the aquarium. The Redtail Black Shark will become very aggressive towards its own species when mature.

Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Redtail Black Shark have not been documented.

An omnivore, the Redtail Black Shark is not a particularly finicky eater. Flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex, as well as vegetable-based foods should be fed.

Ideal tank mates include: Barbs, Danios, Gouramis, Rainbowfish, similar sized South American Cichlids, Loaches, Plecos and similar sized Scavenger Catfish.

Fish Facts

Name: Redtail Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)

Family: Cyprinidae

Range: Thailand

Size: Up to 4.5 inches

Diet: Omnivore

Tank Set-up: Freshwater: Plants, rocks, driftwood

Tank Conditions: 72-79°F; pH 6.5-7.5; dH 10-15

Minimum Tank Capacity: 50 gallons

Light: Medium

Temperament: Semi-aggressive

Swimming Level: No specific level

Care Level: Moderate

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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