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Old 08-10-2014, 06:13 PM   #1
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Shark tank?

Getting ready to have a VERY tank tank built in between my kitchen and living room at the moment I was thinking of making it into a shark tank but I need some good opinions on this first. What shark would be ok or any at all? Just trying to get lots of opinions before I go ahead.


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How big of a tank are we talking? Sharks need hundreds of gallon sized tanks. Then, depending on the shark, on if there can be corners in the tank.


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It will be rounded and we are thinking 300 to 400 gallon. I wouldn't know gear time would be ok if any? If we don't do the shark tank it will still be built just have to think of other cool stuff to put in it.


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Bigger for more options if you can. I have heard of cat sharks being the only be ever heard of being kept, but there are of course more. A large skimmer to help keep the water clean would be of benefit, as sharks are pretty difficult to keep.


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A cat shark would probably be fine in that size tank.


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I really like the cat sharks they are beautiful. I have a kind of dumb question I guess but I have seen at my local store shark eggs what are in them? I didn't ask questions because I never though about getting one before.


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Usually in shark eggs at my LFS are the Cat Sharks in there.
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Old 08-10-2014, 09:59 PM   #9
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Having sold many different types of sharks in my career, I have to say that I am not really happy with many of the sharks I've sold being in fish tanks of any size. Any shark that gets to an appreciable amount of size really does not belong in a fish tank. ( IMO to be politically correct. )
With that being said, many of the cat sharks ( banded, Epaulette, spotted, etc) I've sold had long lives (to my knowledge) and are probably better suited to aquarium life as they are not really active swimmers and most only get to about 4 foot in length. The big thing is to make sure you have plenty of bottom space for them to swim when they want and hiding areas in the decor for them to hide in without getting scratched up. Soft sand should be the bottom substrate. Since there are a number of varieties and these sharks tend to not be territorial, a small collection is possible in that sized tank with the right filtration and decor.

As for the shark egg question, most often, the shark inside the egg is a banded cat shark however, we used to also get horn shark eggs which looked like a large drill bit which "unscrewed" a bit as the fetus grew and eventually popped out the top. It's an amazing thing to watch the embryo develop then hatch. We also used to run "guess the hatch date" contests for our customers for store gift certificates with just bragging rights for the employees who guessed right.

With the current population crisis of sharks world wide, serious thought should be placed into a proper set up for any shark you may get as every one that is taken from the seas and dies from our neglect makes that species one more specimen closer to extinction. ( Don;t mean to be a downer but shark populations of most species are in serious trouble. Keeping any shark in a tank should not be taken lightly. IMO)

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