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Red Tail Black Shark (small)

Red Tail Black Shark (small)

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The Red Tail Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor) is a small species of carp that is characterized by slender black "shark-like" bodies, and a bright red tail fin. This listing is for Red Tail Sharks approximately 1.5" long.

This animal is a very active bottomfeeder, popular for its striking appearance and hardiness. They live for 6 years on average and will grow to 6" in length, and do best in water temperatures in the mid-70's. Juvenile specimens tend to be timid and should have access to a variety of hiding spaces. Due to their large size and active demeanor, these fish should be kept in a minimum tank size of 55 gallons. This fish is an omnivore, and its diet should consist of plant matter (such as algae pellets, or blanched vegetables) along with a high-quality protein source (such as live or frozen bloodworms, daphnia, or brine shrimp). These fish generally will not destroy or uproot plants, making it suitable for densely planted aquariums.  

These fish are semi-aggressive, and not suitable for most community tanks. They are prone to chasing other fish, and should not be kept with tankmates that are slow or easily stressed.