Shark Species > Quick Stats
They are omnivorous, standard foods should be given.
Tricky, Some can be aggressive, they also require adulthood which can mean very large tanks.
Provide them with hiding spots; standard water conditions, avoid acid water.
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Keep them with fish of similar size. Most sharks ideal tank mates include: Barbs including Tinfoil Barbs, Danios, Gouramis, Silver Dollars, Rainbowfish, similar sized New World Cichlids, Loaches, Plecos, and similar sized Scavenger Catfish. Rainbows and red-tails are territorial and should be kept individually in a community tank. Some species, such as balas, should be kept in schools of at least three sharks.
Shark Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Sharks Q/A
- All Sharks are jumpers, accomplished jumpers. You must make sure your tank is completely covered they will jump out.
- They are quick growers and may have to be separated if they get too big.
- Sharks can become quite large. They have been known to grow up to 18 inches and live for many years.
- Keep one or keep many. At least 3 for bala sharks, better off with 6 or 10.
- Don't be alarmed, sharks will quickly turn color when frightened.
- Sharks sometimes are quarrelsome among themselves.
- Use 1/2 a dose of any medication due to the makeup of their scales.
Shark Species: DO'S - Sharks Q/A
- Bala Sharks need a school.
Shark Species: DONT'S - Sharks Q/A
- Redtail sharks, like rainbow sharks, can be intolerant of others of their own species.
- Don't try to keep large sharks with small fish, they will become missing.
Shark Common Species Care Sheet - (PETCO.com)
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