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is there any type of shark that would do well in a community aquarium? red tailed black sharks and rainbow sharks are meant to be alright with other fish as long as they are similar size or the other fish are larger but i wanted to check as sometimes i feel fish stores will tell you anything to get a sale.

the fish i would possibly be keeping the shark with would be:

pleco (definite)
pictus catfish (definite)
angelfish (likely)
black widow/skirted tetra (possible)
cories (possible)
mollies (possible)

thanks :)
 

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sorry, i should have said that i had ruled them out because of the size of tank they would need. ive been researching them (rainbow and red tailed black) and tbh i just dont think id trust them so am going to give them a miss. thanks though.
 

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A barb that almost looks like the shark which is a Puntius denisonii also makes a good community fish. They reach 5-6 inches but can be costly.
 

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they do kind of look like sharks. theyre really nice actually, i think ill look into them. they would be best kept in a small shoal i take it?

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A small shoal will make their colors appear at their best. I noticed some people though keeping a lone torpedo barb. I've never kept them but I've been planning to get them when vacation comes.:) A long tank is better than a tall tank so there would be enough swimming space for a shoal.:)

Good luck and hope you can come up with pictures of them.:mrgreen:
 

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do u mean denisoni barbs? if u do, they r awesome fish, i have just got 2 youngsters. they are £30 a pair in my lfs, but went somewhere else and got the younger ones for £12 a pair!!!
 

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when i looked them up it said the common name was red line torpedo barbs. though somefish seem to go by about 10 different names so possibly its the same fish
 

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Hi there,
i've currently got both Redtailed and Rainbow sharks as pairs in a community tank with Discus, Black widow Tetras, Angelfish, Clown Loach , Bristlenose Catfish anf Blue Platies.
Everybody seems to be gettting on well, and before they jumped tank on me, I also had Silver Sharks in a similar setup. The tank is, however, well laced with cavey rocks and plants as hiding holes, which all except the Black Widow Tetaras seem to use.....
I found the forum advice about getting 5 Black Widow Tetras very useful, as once I had reached this number, I found them fitting into a tight school, looking happier and giving the bigger fish something small to chase (with no harm done!).....
Thanx for this advice, as I now have a full and happy community tank to admire and relax to..........
Cheers Jewels
 

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Red Tail Sharks!!

I have had them before and they are awesome and friendly
 

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I have a rainbow shark with 6 tiger barbs, 6 green barbs, 3 cherry barbs, and a plec.

That being said, the shark ignores the tiger and green barbs but HATES the cherry barbs. He will chase them all around the tank
 

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Red tailed black sharks can be kept in a community aquarium. I have no experience but I believe this experience can be applied to rainbow and albinos as well.

First the environment for the shark. Have some caves, some hidey holes where the shark can feel secure and stake out her (mine's female) territory. She'll pick one and make it her own. Next, have plenty of cover in the tank. You want to break up the sight lines from the shark's cave. The less she can see the smaller the territory is. If the shark can see clear across the tank don't be surprised if she decides the whole bottom of the tank is hers and she has to defend it. Take a look at my 48 gallon corner tank. Tons of bottom cover. My shark has staked out the slate cave on the right as hers and her territory isn't much larger than it. Next, no other territorial bottom dwellers, one shark per tank and avoid things like Rams or convicts or fish that will get territorial. In a large enough tank you can have more but be ready to intervene if they decide their territories overlap.

Second, how to add the shark. Add your shark to the tank last. If the shark arrives in a tank already full of fish she's more likely to keep her territory small and defensible. If the shark goes in first she'll rule the roost and likely decide that the whole tank belongs to her. Get the youngest healthy shark you can. If the shark starts off small as just another fish she won't get in the habit of throwing her bulk around later in life.

It's not impossible to keep sharks in community tanks, it just takes some planning and management of the environment with your shark's habits in mind.
 

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in my tank i have to red tailed sharks 3 rainbow sharks including 1 albino rainbow shark and there fine with each other always near each other sometimes they chase each other but there is no harm done
 

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My rainbow shark lives with an Asian bumblebee catfish, two peacock eels, a blue Assam snakehead, three rosy barbs, seven arulius barbs and six tiger barbs. It practically ignores the tank inhabitants except the arulius barbs, which it chases every so often.
 

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in my tank i have to red tailed sharks 3 rainbow sharks including 1 albino rainbow shark and there fine with each other always near each other sometimes they chase each other but there is no harm done
Five sharks in the same tank is an extraordinarily bad idea unless the tank is several hundred gallons.
 

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Five sharks in the same tank is an extraordinarily bad idea unless the tank is several hundred gallons.
eventually there will be someone who can keep them successfully. However, the odds are extremely against it happening very often.

so now everyone will buy multiple sharks thinking it will work and many will die.
 

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I don't doubt that it will happen, someone will luck out and get 5 incredibly mild mannered sharks. A lot of people survive lightning strikes too, doesn't mean I play golf in the rain.
 

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Bala or silver sharks (Balantiocheilos melanopterus), if in a large tank and in a small group, are great community members generally.
 
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