Freshwater sharks can give your aquarium a bit of interest as
these unusual looking fish normally create a lot of motion by
gliding back and forth in colorful schools. Prior to introducing
any fish into the aquarium, it is smart to do a little research
to make sure that your environment is ideal for the fish and to
be sure your new fish is compatible with the old.
Below is some advice on freshwater aquarium sharks you might
consider for your aquarium.
White Tip Shark Catfish
These fresh water aquarium sharks are sleek in body with a head
like a catfish – kind of ugly if you ask me! The white tip shark
catfish is a very mellow fish that consistently vacuum the bottom
of the tank for food. White tip shark catfish can dwell in
brackish, salt or fresh water. These sharks are best in groups
and grow big so they should be kept in large sized tanks. The
best climate for the white tip shark is between 78 and 82
If you want to keep these sharks you ought to settle for only 1
fish per aquarium, or put in more than 6 as they can get a bit
cranky with each other in small numbers. Rainbow sharks need to
have tubes to move in and out of. These light colored freshwater
aquarium sharks have a raspberry - orange color on the fins and
tail. Rainbow sharks are sturdy but rather aggressive to other
sharks but will do well with other fish. These sharks can develop
to 9" and need to be housed in larger aquarium tanks with a water
temp between 76 and 80.
Red Tail Shark
These sharks must have a pipe, tube or cave to be their happiest
and can get as big as 5". Like the rainbow shark, red tails
should be kept alone or in schools of more than 6. The red tail
shark has a gray body with a red tail and does not get along with
sharks. The best water temp for the red tail shark is between 76
and 80 degrees.
Bala sharks are even tempered and hyper. Balas require a water
temperature between 78 and 82 degrees. These sharks will do best
in a sizeable fish tank with an external power filter. These
sharks are silver in color with black tipped fins and tail.
Including numerous Bala sharks to your tank will give you a vivid
group of fish gracefully swimming in your tank.
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