Yes, it is a big tank, and it is well maintained. Crowding isn't an issue, nor is a lack of hiding places. This is a tank that is set up with loach and catfish needs in mind, so there are a large number of hiding spots of all sizes and shapes.
I'm hoping that someone who has had experience with these fish, particularly with mixing sharks and loaches, or sharks and synodonis catfish (or both) can let me know whether or not I have anything to worry about. All of the research I have done points to sharks being highly territorial to the point of being aggressive, but the behavior I have observed at the LFS and on youtube videos doesn't seem to support this.
Expert advice, please?
It would help if there are some spare caves. The Red Tail will usually claim a cave, then defend the area in front of it. If the cave is open toward most of the tank then the 'Shark' might try to claim more of the tank. If the cave opens to a small area, perhaps defined with more rocks or driftwood then the territory claims are limited to that area.
Happy fish keeping!
After reading quite a number of stories similar to yours, I've decided not to add a shark to my tank. My tank is a pretty stress-free place (as far as I can tell) for the fish, and I'd like to keep it that way.
of course, not adding them in worry of altering the dynamic is probably a good idea. I have a cousin who had a very vicious black skirt tetra... only 1 out of the 4 was mean to everyone so it shows that you can say a species is "nice" and then get a bully. it can happen!
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