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Oddly Colored Red Tailed Shark (Red Pectoral Fins) (Pic)

I bought a very small red tailed shark today (a little more than an inch long). When I got him (I'm assuming here ), he was the normal "LFS pale" color. I just got done watching him and noticed that he's coloring up nicely. I was taking a closer look and realized he has red pectoral fins! The other fins are the customary RTS black with slightly white tips (except the caudal of course which is red) - the dorsal, anal and ventral pair are all black. Has anyone ever seen one like this? I know for a fact it is not a rainbow shark but am wondering if it's some sort of hybrid. It has all of the classic markings and look of a red tail, just a pair of red pectoral fins. Could it be due to the young age - I've never had one this young?

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Here's the best pic I could get of it...

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wow, very nice, looks cool. Maybe hes a cross between a Rainbow and red tailed shark?
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Yeah, I don't know what it is, but he sure looks cool! I'm hoping the color sticks as he gets older.

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Definitely not common. Very rare.

Here's mine: (so fat, looks like a goldfish)

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i just took back a redtailed just like you mentioned... he was awesome. but tormented my two SAE's... his two pectoral fins were red as well~.. and his tail was blood red~..all this other fins were black but had a greenish/blue irridescent(sp) color to them and all white tipped~.. the best lookin redtailed i've ever owned.. but i need my SAE's more~.. oh.. and the two red pectoral fins seem to bleed down onto his belly.. usually the bellies are white or white/speckled black, but his had a redish hue~..

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Both of those redtails look very nice! Too bad they can't be kept w/SAEs...

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Man, that's a beauty you've got there bigpow!!! I'll be curious to see if mine retains the color.

I'm hoping not all RTS are SAE tormentors. Looks like several people have had good luck mixing the two. Time will tell I suppose. So far, mine haven't had problems - granted they are still small...

Here's a link to GDominy's 135 where he's keeping both it looks like... http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...941#post102941

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So far my CAE's and RTS's get along fine. I have two of each in my 75, so they all have a fair bit of space to themselves (I know, only supposed to have one RTS per tank, but they each have their territory and tend to ignore each other). I have a few semi-aggressive fish in teh tank (some cichlids and such) so I am always watching for aggression...so far so good, maybe they are all just scared of each other!
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Bigpow... Great looking fish, I would say if it did not have that redtail it would look like a goldfish.

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Wow! Beautiful fish!

I can see why they are so popular!

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i one regular red tail shark in a 55 gal with 2 SAEs...they get along fine although every now and then the SAEs get all pissed off and chase everyone around for an hour. possibly trying to mate or something...I dunno. It's funny to watch and they don't do any damage anyways.
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