Red Tail Black Shark (Epalzeorhynchos bicolor)
The Red Tail Black Shark falls into the same family as carp and minnows. They have a long and thin body that is shaped very much like a torpedo. Their bodies are black, and their tails are bright red; their dorsal fin begins roughly halfway back on their body; hence, they are mistaken for actual sharks.
You have to provide them with hiding places such as caves to help make them feel secure. Also, ensure you have a tight-fitting hood because they are known to be excellent jumpers.
Many hobbyists mistakenly decide to add more than one of these sharks to a small tank which doesn't work out as you will find out because one of them will soon become the dominant "shark", which will then chase and pester the others relentlessly.
|Scientific Name||Epalzeorhynchos bicolor|
|Other Names||Red Tail Shark, Fire Tail, Red Tailed Labeo, Red Tailed Shark|
|Aquarium Level||Bottom - Middle|
|Best kept as||Loners|
|Lifespan||5 - 8|
|Temperature||73 - 79 ℉ (22.8 - 26.1 ℃)|
|PH||6.5 - 7.5|
|GH||10 - 16|
|KH||10 - 1|
This species originates from the rivers, streams and waterways of Thailand. There is only one known population of red tail sharks in the wild, in the Chao Phraya basin's clear waters and floodplains as far South as Bangkok.
Water flow should be fast to replicate the Red Tail Black Shark's natural habitat.
Other Sharks of interest
Diet & Feeding
Redtail sharks will happily eat high-quality flake or pellet food, high-quality plant-based food, along with traditional quality flake food.
They will also graze on algae, and you should supply green vegetables to balance their diet.
You can also feed the sharks frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworm, and they seem especially partial to frozen daphnia.
You will find it extremely difficult to breed this species, especially when people tend to keep no more than one at a time unless you have a large aquarium, and even then, the success rate isn't high.
The only way it's possible is if you use hormone treatment.
Frquently asked questions about the Red Tail Black Shark
Are Red Tail Sharks aggressive?
It is recommended to house these fish with other semi-aggressive fish or ensure the aquarium is large enough for the other fish to escape harassment. In keeping with other shark type species ensure there is a group, so the aggression is more distributed instead of focused on a single fish.
Are Red Tail Sharks okay with Amano and other shrimp?
We have maintained Red Tail Sharks with adult cherry and Amano shrimp in the past without problems.