Native to Thailand, Laos and Cambodia
Max size up to 6”
pH: 6.5 – 8.0
Excellent Algae Eating Fish!
The Red-Tailed Black Shark is actually extinct in wild. It was originally endemic to central Thailand. This is a very hardy species of fish that will do very well for all levels of aquarists. This is a solid black fish w/ a bright red or orange tail in the juvenile; colors may fade as the fish ages buit the fish is still attractive when they are dark gray with a reddish orange tail. This species will do well in most larger, well-maintained tanks if plenty of hiding places are provided and should not harm softer-leaved plants. however we highly recommend keeping it in a set-up designed to resemble a flowing river with a substrate of variably-sized rocks, gravel and some large water-worn rocks. The tank can be furnished with driftwood branches.
Like many other fish that hail from running waters it is quite intolerant to the accumulation of organic wastes and requires spotless water at all times in order to thrive. It also does best if there is a high level of dissolved oxygen and a decent level of water movement in the tank so a powerful external filter or two should be added to the set-up. Chemi-Pure additive will help aid in perfected water quality!