Even though shark shaped, the Red Tailed Shark is more closely related to a goldfish than a shark. Red Tailed Sharks make a spectacular aquarium fish, with its velvet black body and brilliant red tail. Do not be disillusioned if the colours are a little washed out initially, as they will develop stronger colours once settled. Within hours of being transferred to a well planted home aquarium the red tail shark comes into full colour. Hiding places and a large, well planted aquarium should be provided.
Max Size: 12 cm
While Red Tailed sharks are primarily omnivorous, they can also be predatory and eat smaller fish. They will eat any fish food provided but some greens should be offered, as in nature a larger part of its diet is algae.
They are very aggressive to their own kind, which increases as they grow, so only 1 specimen should be kept in the home aquarium. They can also be aggressive with smaller species and are not suited to a community tank with small Tetra species. However, they can be kept successfully in a larger community tank with other species of Barbs, Gouramis and Rainbows.View Our Fish Compatibility Guide
Ease of Keeping
Required Water Conditions
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