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Old 05-08-2013, 07:26 PM   #1
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Red tail Black Shark

I have a red tail black shark and the colour in the body doesnt seem full its almost grey, is this normal? Thanks
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depends on how you slice and dice it. sometimes they're that color due to.stress. sometimes poor diet. but most likely bad gene pool
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It is usually stress.
Did u get it at a pet store?
If u did, they r usually stressed from being switched from their original habitat to the pet store's habitat then suddenly to ur habitat. If it is stress, they will color back up again within a few days-a few weeks.
If they don't color up after a few weeks, it's prob cuz their parents weren't colorful either.
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It'll change back once it settles down..don't worry. Almost all fish change colors when stressed.
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All the "red" tailed shark at my local petsmart have turned into "grey" tailed shark
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All the "red" tailed shark at my local petsmart have turned into "grey" tailed shark
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Yeah..most are. It depends on the substrate and surrounding colors too. All the ones at petco are grey cuz it a light substrate and the petsmart ones are black by me. My rainbow shark is black..I can put him in my other tank which is play sand and he turns grey.
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So a darker substrate is better for red-tailed shark?
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So a darker substrate is better for red-tailed shark?
If you wanted him to be darker, then yeah..stress also does play a role too.
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Also females will be slightly lighter than the males. Females will also be more broad shaped.
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