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Old 11-22-2011, 02:41 AM   #1
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240G Shark Tank Build

My name is Jake Angel from IL. I do not consider myself a newb but I am new to online forums. I have worked for Petco as the Aquatics Specialist for almost a year now and have been keeping fish for more than 3 years. I was introduced to the saltwater world when I got the job at Petco and I am now addicted to it.

My current saltwater tank is 125 gallons and has been up since may. I use 2 3 foot 4 lamp Wavepoint T5 fixtures to light it. In each fixture I use 2 actinic 460 bulbs, an actinic 420 bulb, and a coral growth accelerator bulb. The tank is stocked with 150 pounds of LR stacked into 5 separate towers using 1/2 inch PVC piping and a drill bit for internal structuring. I have a few various mushroom and zooanthid colonies scattered around the tank with a kenya tree, pagoda coral, green finger sinularia, some whisker's and some clove polyps as well. As far as fish go, I have a 6 inch Blueface Angel, a 6 inch Sailfin Tang, a 6 inch Volitan Lionfish, a 5 inch Blue-jaw Trigger, a 5 inch Miniatus grouper, and a 15 inch White-spotted Bamboo Shark. I use a 30 gallon sump tank underneath with a ASM G2 protein skimmer inside it. But I am getting a bigger tank since the shark is going to grow to up to 3 ft in length!

I have just as of a week ago ordered a custom tank from glasscages.com. Got a great deal on it and am going to pick it up after the first of the year. It is a 8ft x 2ft x 2ft 240 gallon long glass tank. Got the oak canopy and stand for it along with an extra door put into the side of the stand so I can put the 65 gallon sump tank on wheels and can slide it in and out of the stand with ease. I also got the holes drilled and bulkheads put in, 2 glass overflows with black acrylic covers installed, 4 hinged lids, and a 1600 G/hr pump. I am also going to purchase an additional 100 pounds of LR, another ASM G2 skimmer, and a RO/DI unit.

I really want to do this new tank the absolute best way possible with my main focus on the white-spotted bamboo shark. I feel like I am going to get rid of the lionfish and grouper. As amazing as they are, they are just too boring and aggressive to other tank mates and I feel like they are limiting me to what other fish I can keep. I was also wondering if I could add a second or third shark and maybe a stingray or two? Any comments, tips, pointers, or anything anyone might have would be great. The more help the better.

Thank you in advance to anyone who replies and I will be posting pictures of my current tank later on tonight.

Jake Angel, IL
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:08 AM   #2
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I wouldn't add a stingray since they need lots of sandbed but you can add another shark. Try to make it the same size or near the same size as the one you currently have. I would get a better skimmer though because predatory fish produce a lot of waste.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:22 AM   #3
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Is there no smaller stingray that would work in a 2ft wide tank? What if I left the entire middle wide open keeping my LR on the left and right hand side stacked high with many ledges and maybe make a cave in the base of each side?
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:23 AM   #4
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And I wouldn't be using just 1 ASM G2 skimmer. I would be using 2 both in the sump tank.
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Old 11-22-2011, 03:27 AM   #5
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But I guess I could spend the extra money and get just 1 massive one. If there's anything worth doing its worth doing right. Any suggestions?
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Def go one huge one. Why go thru the hassle of dialing in and maintaining 2 skimmers?
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While I can respect the fact that you're upgrading to try and accommodate you're shark, and what you're doing is much better than what A LOT of people do for sharks. Its still a 3 foot long shark in a 2 foot wide tank. At some point he will outgrow even this massive tank.

I would disagree and say keep the 1 shark you have. Though I do agree that a stingray shouldn't be kept in that tank.

Great point by huma, 1 big skimmer would be easier.

This would be the ideal way to keep sharks.
500 + gallon shark lagoon
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