Epalzeorhynchos bicolor
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Epalzeorhynchos bicolor

Common Names: Red Tailed Black Shark
Redtail Shark
Synonyms: Labeo bicolor
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Thailand.
Main Ecosystem: Swamp; Swamp
Temperament: Territorial; Hostile. Not recommened for community tanks with smaller or weaker fish.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Hollows and hiding places are recommended. Only one Red Tailed Black Shark should be kept in each tank as they are intolerant of their own species.
6.5 - 7.5
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
12 dH - 16 dH
Potential Size: Male: 17cm (6.7")
Female: 17cm (6.7")
Water Region: Middle, Bottom; Middle-Bottom
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Hard to determine. Females are larger and stronger. Females have a grey stomach, males are solid black.
Breeding: Too intolerant of its own species to breed in an aquarium.
Variants: an albino variety is available
Comments: The Red Tailed Black Shark is a beautiful fish and can be kept in a large community tank if there is plenty of cover to hide in. This fish is too aggressive for beginners. Very closely related to the Rainbow Shark. An albino variety is also available.
Main Colours: Black, Red
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Downturned
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
Contributors: Bubblebrain
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