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post #1 of 9 Old 01-09-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is it okay to put two red-tail sharks in a 55 gallon tank?

Is it okay to put two red-tail sharks in a 55 gallon tank?

Is it okay for tetras and redtails...?
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-09-2009, 11:16 PM
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No. They are *very* territorial. I would never put two Red Tails in anything under an 8, maybe 10 foot tank.

As for RTBS and tetras, it all depends on the type of tetra. What do you have in mind?
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Hey, Thanks for posting, I had in mind Neon tetras and I assume 1 Redtail.

I'm new to aquariums and could use some "pretty" yet "hardy" fish suggestions :) as well as aquarium help such as algae eaters (plecos).

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No. They are *very* territorial. I would never put two Red Tails in anything under an 8, maybe 10 foot tank.

As for RTBS and tetras, it all depends on the type of tetra. What do you have in mind?
Sorry, Cody but if you consider the number of hiding places, there is no reason why two RTBS cannot work. This is a matter of adding hiding places where they can mark their boundaries without too much interference. This is the first time I hear someone recommending an 8-foot tank for two RTBS.

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Sorry, Cody but if you consider the number of hiding places, there is no reason why two RTBS cannot work. This is a matter of adding hiding places where they can mark their boundaries without too much interference. This is the first time I hear someone recommending an 8-foot tank for two RTBS.
Now i'm not sure on whether or not I should buy two...
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Sorry, Cody but if you consider the number of hiding places, there is no reason why two RTBS cannot work. This is a matter of adding hiding places where they can mark their boundaries without too much interference. This is the first time I hear someone recommending an 8-foot tank for two RTBS.
I think it is just from what I have seen. All of the RTBS I have seen, and the one I had, are and were extremely active. I have never seen any two full grown RTBS in anything less than a 100G, but that is just my two cents.
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From what I've read I think you're both right. The RTBS must have LOTS of hiding space if they are going to be kept together. A 100g would be much better than a 55g. I have a 100g and they are not as big as they *sound*.

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From what I've read I think you're both right. The RTBS must have LOTS of hiding space if they are going to be kept together. A 100g would be much better than a 55g. I have a 100g and they are not as big as they *sound*.
Alright, fair enough. Thank you.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-10-2009, 06:15 PM
yes, if there are other fish, too. as long as it isn't only 2 red tailed sharks it should be ok! :)
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