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post #1 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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red tailed shark freaking out.

i have a red tailed shark and every so often he will just freak out and swim in a circle really fast around his house and then swim straight up and hang upside-down on the inside roof of his house. he has been doing this for a week or so. is he sick or is he just bored?
any help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 10:38 PM
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what are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?

They also should be kept in as a single species with carefully selected tankmates otherwise issues with aggression arise.

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what are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?

They also should be kept in as a single species with carefully selected tankmates otherwise issues with aggression arise.
Ammonia is 0, Nitrate is 0 and Nitrite is between first colors of 0 and 5 and he is in a tank with ghost shrimp
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Might just be bored as it doesnt have anything to chase, shrimp are not exactly active tank mates for it.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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Might just be bored as it doesnt have anything to chase, shrimp are not exactly active tank mates for it.
alright thanks. and sometimes he just lays on the ground and looks like he's dead.
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one other thing, what size tank is it in?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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one other thing, what size tank is it in?
i have a 10 now as he is only about a month old but is going to be moved to my moms 55 once he gets a little larger
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might just be he needs more space as 10g is a little small but good on him going to the 55g. They do like to have bursts of speed occasionally.

Just be careful as to what fish he goes in with, they can get quite aggressive although rarely will cause injury, it is more stress from chasing fish away from its territory.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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might just be he needs more space as 10g is a little small but good on him going to the 55g. They do like to have bursts of speed occasionally.

Just be careful as to what fish he goes in with, they can get quite aggressive although rarely will cause injury, it is more stress from chasing fish away from its territory.
right now in the 55 is another red tail shark that is 4 years old and some kissy fish and a large pelco the shark never really bothers them but it might be because he's old.
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post #10 of 12 Old 04-14-2012, 11:14 PM
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Be extremely careful adding it to a tank with another shark..They generally DO NOT get along well together.
The older shark will see it as a threat and likely stress the younger one to the point it will cause problems or at worst death.

The tank would need areas that both fish can claim as their territory and also for hiding should aggression show.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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