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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Red-Tailed Black Shark

Picture of Red tailed black shark
Common nameRed-Tailed Black Shark, Red-tailed labeo
Scientific nameEpalzeorhynchos bicolor
SynonymsLabeo bicolor (old genus name)
SizeUp to 5" (12.5cm)
OriginS.E. Asia (Thailand) - extinct in the wild?
Tank setupLarger tank (3ft/90cm plus) with plenty of decor in the way of plants, bogwood and/or rocks.
CompatibilityTerritorial, aggressive (see below)
Temperature22-26oC (72-79oF)
Water chemistryFairly soft, slightly acidic preferred (pH 6.5-7.0)
FeedingOmnivorous, some vegetable component to the diet is recommended.
SexingUnknown, males may have a more pointed dorsal fin
BreedingNo detailed reports - only very occasionally achieved in aquaria because aggression is a problem. However, all fish in the aquarium trade are commercially bred on fish farms.
Comments This fish is very territorial and can be aggressive, particularly towards its own species, but also to others, especially similar-looking species. Therefore it is advisable not to mix it with species such as the Red-Finned Shark, or other Epalzeorhynchos species, Siamese Algae Eaters (C. siamensis), etc. The aggressive nature can become more apparent with age.
Good tankmates would include robust midwater fish such as barbs, rainbowfish, and larger tetras.


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