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10-10-2007, 06:33 PM
i dont know if this is in the right section but....

i want to get a red tailed black shark when i sort my tank out...

just wondering if i can get a cat fish and have a shark too?

will the r.t.b shark do enough eating to keep the algie at bay?



10-10-2007, 08:13 PM
As far as I know RTBS dont do much for algea for that you could use a pleco(type depends on size of tank and other parameters).Also take into consideration the territorial nature of black tail sharks when adding tankmates.

A good small algae eating pleco is the bistlenose

10-11-2007, 12:46 AM
A RTBS can be a great fish in the right tank, but there are concerns with them.

They can be very aggressive, and any small fish you have in with them can / will be chased mercilessly. They are territorial and even bigger fish like cichlids are not immune from them, I had one in a 55 with a GT, and neither fish ever gained dominance, though an uneasy peace did break out. Also they ideally need at least a 4' tank and good hiding spots.

While they do eat a little algae, you really can't rely on them to keep your tank free of it, much better to use a bristlenose pleco, or an algae scrubber for that.