Red Tail Shark - Medium
Redtail / Red Tail Shark
|Care Level||Easy - Moderate|
|Min Housing||40 gallon or larger|
|Live Plant Compatible||Yes, with hardier plants, see below|
|Special Water Conditions||None|
Pictures are for reference only, there will be variations in size and color of individual animals.
Redtail Sharks are best suited for tanks with semi-aggressive fish. Although they are small and cute when they are young, they can quickly cause issues by chasing and nipping at smaller, more laid back fish, which is what usually makes them a poor choice for community aquariums with smaller, peaceful fish. They continue to become more territorial as they mature.
These sharks do well with a little room for them to roam because of their size at maturity (usually right around 5" in captivity), so a 40 gallon or larger aquarium would be best.
They can be compatible with live plants that are hardier and thicker, such as Java Fern and Anubias species.