FREE FISH CARE GUIDE Aqua Life Warrnambool Aquarium Just another reason why Aqua Life is your specialist aquarium store… Shop 16, Centrepoint Arcade 125 Liebig Street Warrnambool, VIC, 3280 RED-TAILED BLACK SHARK The Red-Tailed Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor) is often known as the ‘Labeo’ Shark due to a former scientific name, Labeo bicolor. This freshwater tropical fish is, in fact, not a shark at all. It is more closely related to Goldfish than the marine sharks that share its common name. It is both a popular aquarium fish and a despised one, due to being generally misunderstood. The problem is, it can be a terror in most tropical community aquariums. The key is to understand the needs of the Red-Tailed Black Shark. Firstly, it is exceedingly territorial. This is primarily because it is naturally a grazing fish, and it must protect an area (or grazing site) as its food source, chasing away other fish – especially ones of the same species. The solution to this territorial aggression is to ensure that there is only ever one Red-Tailed Black Shark in the aquarium. Even similar-looking species (such as Gold Shark and Rainbow Shark) are best left-out. Some people find that even red fish are attacked; supposedly the fish thinks it is seeing the distinctive red tail of its own kind. To avoid problems with other species, keep it with fast and robust fish that can keep out of the way. Adding plenty of cover, such as live plants, will make them feel more secure and lessen aggressive behaviour towards other species. Despite this one drawback, Red- Tailed Black Sharks are an impressive looking fish and are well worth keeping, being an interesting ‘feature’ fish of the community aquarium. QUICK REFERENCE… ORIGIN: Thailand, specifically the Mekong River basin. ADULT SIZE: 15cm / 6 inches. Occasionally slightly smaller. GENDER: Males have a pointed anal fin. PH: 6.3 – 7.8, but neutral (7.0) is best. WATER HARDNESS: soft to medium. TEMPERATURE: 24 - 26º Celsius. DIET: Some algae. Sinking tablets and frozen foods. We recommend feeding Spectrum foods, especially to bring out the bright red colour of the tail. KEEP WITH: Must be the only one of its kind in the tank. Avoid all other ‘sharks.’ Any quick or robust fish should be fine. Some recommendations are: larger Tetras, Barbs and Gouramis. Bottom-dwelling fish may be harassed. SPECIAL NEEDS: Clear water, plenty of cover to define territory. All Information & Care Sheets were written by Aqua Life. Information & advice intended as a guide only. Ph: 5562 8790 Aqua Life is on Facebook! Become a fan!