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Sj45 02-08-2009 11:59 PM

Taking Back Rainbow Shark
 
As you can see, in my signature, I thought I had a "red tailed shark" but I actually have a "rainbow shark" (difference being the red tailed has just a red tail where the rainbow has all red fins) i'd much rather prefer the red tailed over my rainbow but it's been probably 2 weeks since I bought the fish. He is perfectly healthy but the fish store won't take him back will they? and seeing they fight w/ others I can't put more than 1 in a fish tank.

Details: I did not ask for the return policy...

I am a perfectionist and everything has to be perfect, ahh bothers me :P ok thanks.

Burninator 02-09-2009 12:13 AM

i was going to get a RTBS but i ended up getting a rainbow shark for the color. I like the different colors. Mine has worked out great so far.

Sj45 02-09-2009 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Burninator (Post 169952)
i was going to get a RTBS but i ended up getting a rainbow shark for the color. I like the different colors. Mine has worked out great so far.

I myself kind of prefer the "RTBS" i assume but it's good thing we disagree :) both will be bought.

Burninator 02-09-2009 02:26 AM

well goodluck.

Hopefully he still ends up in a decent place.

Are you going to stock your tank with anything else?

1077 02-09-2009 05:36 AM

Most recommend ONE shark if you have to have one, per tank. They don't appear to bother other upper level to mid level swimming fish. But I recently returned a rainbow shark approx 5 inches to the store for it began nipping the tails and dorsals of corycats and seemed intent on pestering kuhli loaches whenever it found them. Pity,, Despite numerous places for it to call it's own, It seemed intent on claiming the entire lower region of 75 gal tank which is what I believe minimum should be. I find no serinity in a fish that aimlessly swims back and forth from one end to the other due to lack of space or lack of hiding or resting areas. the more you can provide of both, the happier the fish will be.
Two small 3 inch sharks could work in 55 gal for a while but i fear it would only be a matter of time before one kills the other outright,,, or stresses it to the point that it succumbs to parasite or disease.:-(

Sj45 02-09-2009 08:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Burninator (Post 169976)
well goodluck.

Hopefully he still ends up in a decent place.

Are you going to stock your tank with anything else?

yes, a couple angelfish are on the way and most probably a pleco :)

Sj45 02-09-2009 08:56 AM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 169998)
Most recommend ONE shark if you have to have one, per tank. They don't appear to bother other upper level to mid level swimming fish. But I recently returned a rainbow shark approx 5 inches to the store for it began nipping the tails and dorsals of corycats and seemed intent on pestering kuhli loaches whenever it found them. Pity,, Despite numerous places for it to call it's own, It seemed intent on claiming the entire lower region of 75 gal tank which is what I believe minimum should be. I find no serinity in a fish that aimlessly swims back and forth from one end to the other due to lack of space or lack of hiding or resting areas. the more you can provide of both, the happier the fish will be.
Two small 3 inch sharks could work in 55 gal for a while but i fear it would only be a matter of time before one kills the other outright,,, or stresses it to the point that it succumbs to parasite or disease.:-(

I hear you but I do fully believe, a red tailed shark should fully be able to live in a 55 gallon, that's a lot of room for a 4-5" fish. claiming the whole bottom is from what I would assume rarer as they usually claim a cove or corner of the tank. I believe Petco should take un-wanted fish for free, but I'm not sure. I got him cheap, $2.

1077 02-09-2009 10:35 AM

The one I returned was a rainbow shark and of the two,, the black red finned are the more aggressive. I hope it works out for you.

Sj45 02-09-2009 01:46 PM

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Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 170033)
The one I returned was a rainbow shark and of the two,, the black red finned are the more aggressive. I hope it works out for you.

I should be alright, He'll have a couple rocks + plants to call his own in a tank of fair size.

Burninator 02-09-2009 02:00 PM

hrm. Let me know how it goes with the angelfish.

Ive been looking for another fish to add since i still have alot of space i could add fish with.

Im wondering how well they will do with your low amount of barbs


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