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kimpossible 08-09-2010 01:34 AM

red tailed shark ?
 
Does anyone keep a red tailed shark with their yellow lab cichlids ? If it's possible, I think it's a great color combination.

kitten_penang 08-09-2010 03:52 AM

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Originally Posted by kimpossible (Post 442690)
Does anyone keep a red tailed shark with their yellow lab cichlids ? If it's possible, I think it's a great color combination.


read this http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fres...tricyellow.php and then this http://www.fishlore.com/Profiles-RedTailShark.htm then decide.

kimpossible 08-09-2010 12:05 PM

Thanks for the links kitten. I guess my idea isn't so good after all.I know there are always exceptions to the rule, but I don't want to chance it. I just bought two used 29 gallon tanks, so maybe the members here can give some ideas that will work with a red tailed shark in one of those tanks.

kitten_penang 08-09-2010 12:18 PM

it says one in a community tank is unlikely to be disruptive but avoid black colored tank mates as they maybe attacked.

JayGrimsby 08-09-2010 12:26 PM

I have a RTBS in a 50L tank at the moment. It's about an inch and a half long.
I also have 5 Danio's in there too.. they all get along a treat.. Infact a leopard print danio has made really good friends with the RTBS.
A little off topic but just shows that Red tail's are really friendly.. they just get grumpier as they grow up!

kimpossible 08-09-2010 12:56 PM

Thanks for your help. I'll probably get one to put in one of the 29 gallon tanks later on. I need to do more research on tankmates for it, but keep the suggestions coming. Actual experience is better I think.

beachcire 08-09-2010 04:17 PM

I have a RTBS in with my African Cichlids but that is a 72 Gal tank. Before I moved her into that tank, she was quite happy with 6 tiger barbs in my 25 gal tank, however they were all purchased as juveniles and were introduced to the tank at the same time.

Byron 08-09-2010 07:13 PM

If you read our profile of the Red Tailed Shark [click on the shaded fish name, or use the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top], you will note that this fish attains 6+ inches and should not be in anything less than a 4-foot tank. And on its own, and other bottom fish must be selected carefully as many will be seen as rivals. Particularly as the fish matures, which was a good point someone mentioned. Also, they have a nasty disposition toward striped fish many times, for some reason.

And while it is always possible that some specimens may not show their true colours, so to speak, the fact remains that nature has created this species a certain way with natural instincts and behaviour traits. As the fish grows things change; if it grows (or more accurately attempts to grow) in too small an environment, things can get much worse. The stress caused to the fish by being in too small an aquarium--and this does cause considerable stress to fish, as science is now proving--also wears down the immune system making it more susceptible to disease and health problems.

So, to kimpossible and your idea of getting a shark for a 29g tank--if you have plans for a 4-foot tank in the very near future, fine; the shark can manage in a 29g for the short-term, but not long.

Byron.

kimpossible 08-09-2010 09:42 PM

Byron I do have a 55 gallon tank but I really don't want to disturb the 2 clown pleco's that live in it. I'll just have to find something other than the shark to put in the two 29 gallon tanks. The person I got the yellow labs and kenyi from suggested a species tank for these two kinds . The tanks are on a double stand with one above the other so that would be a pretty contrast of colors. Any suggestions for tankmates ? Thanks to all of you for your input.

Byron 08-10-2010 10:49 AM

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Originally Posted by kimpossible (Post 443261)
Byron I do have a 55 gallon tank but I really don't want to disturb the 2 clown pleco's that live in it. I'll just have to find something other than the shark to put in the two 29 gallon tanks. The person I got the yellow labs and kenyi from suggested a species tank for these two kinds . The tanks are on a double stand with one above the other so that would be a pretty contrast of colors. Any suggestions for tankmates ? Thanks to all of you for your input.

The cichlids are African rift lake fish. As far as I am concerned, that means a tank devoted only to fish from the rift lakes. The water parameters alone demand this, very hard and alkaline (the pH of Lake Tanganika is above 9, Lake Malawi 8-9, and the hardness is very high, only a notch down from what some call "liquid rock"). There is little else that will do well in this type of water. An African tank can be very interesting, sand substrate, lots of rocks to create caves, and then the right mix of fish. But a 29g is small for this group of fish, so exercise caution and select carefully. I am not up on this group of fish, but many other members are, and I'm sure they will have suggestions for compatible fish.


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