Clear and muddy river bottoms with wood and stones.
Elongated fish with slight lateral compression. The mouth faces downward and two pairs of barbels are present. The main body color is black which provides an impressive contrast with the striking bright red tail.
Keep only one specimen to a tank, because this species is very aggressive to their own and other similar looking species. Keep more than one individual in large tanks (i.e. tanks over 50 gallons). The Red-tailed Shark establishes a territory to defend aggressively.
Difficult because of their aggressive behavior towards their own species. They spawn in rocky caves and fry hatch after 30 to 60 hours. The fry are free swimming after four days. Their colors change from silvery to silvery brown, to brown and finally to black. The red tail develops after 7 to 10 weeks.
Listed as extinct in the wild due to high demand in the fish trade for home aquariums. Is listed as critically endangered according to IUCN.
These fish are actually not related to the shark family as their misleading name suggests. They are actually related to carp.
They are extremely aggressive and territorial.
Since they are hard to bread, they are often bred by hormonal treatment. Hormone injections are rarely given to fish destined for the fish tank, though, because even these will not color up a less-than-happy E. bicolor.
Adult (13 and over)$9.00
Children (3 - 12)$5.25
Children (2 and under)Free
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
2320 N. Prospect Rd.
Peoria, IL 61603