Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Should I rehome?
So, I might have a little issue in my tank. It's a 29g community, and currently one of the residents is a red tailed black shark. He was an impulse buy quite a while ago and, unfortunately, it was also during a lapse of common sense when it came to researching (no more impulse buys for me! I'm planning all my stock out in advance from now on).
Since I got him he has just been an absolute dear. He has never bothered the tetras and he's buddy-buddies with my clown pleco (they actually will chill together under the same piece of driftwood). I just love him because he's so fun to watch, but recently I have seen him start to chase some of the tetras around the tank.
Now, if it were up to me I would have no issues at all just going and getting a cheap 55g for a semi-aggressive community seeing I potentially have access to a fully furnished one that used to belong to my dad (stand and all), but right now the issue is room. We just have no room for a 55g save for at my stepdad's office (he's a doctor), but he's not sure he wants to bother with it up there seeing he's not up there all the time to keep an eye on it.
However, if anyone has any ideas for some cool, space-conserving ways to fit a 55g with limited wall-space, let me know |D; That would be perfect. I have a spot in my room it could have potentially fit, but another bookcase is going there and I will have absolutely zero wall space once that's there unless I were to remove my bed and just sleep on a mattress in the middle of the floor.
Now, normally I would just sit back and watch how everything unfolds seeing it's possible any aggression will not escalate (the chasing right now is very short-lived and none of my tetras are showing signs of stress), but I was also reading that redtails get more aggressive as they age, which concerns me. I won't be able to monitor the tank as much as I would like once school-time hits.
Do yins think I should probably rehome? I did text the family friend that has my dad's 55g to see if he still had it set up and, if so, if he would be interested in Red seeing from what I remember of his tank he just had a couple semi-aggressive fish that could hold their own (like some of the larger gouramis), but he has yet to get back to me so for all I know the tank could be broken down in his garage.
If so, what's the best way to go about rehoming? Is there any luck on Craigslist? I know an option is to just taking him back to the pet store, but I saw some talk about how any returned fish are just euthanized even if they are in good health?
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Last edited by Lost Eventide; 07-23-2012 at 01:01 PM.