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Old 10-16-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Cat Shark!

Hey guys, I like to bring this debate up again as I know there is a lot of people out there that have so many difference of opinion on it. I have seen fully grown Cat and Bamboo Sharks in tanks that are only around 300 to even just 180 gallons which Liveaquaria suggest. Even at the Newport Aquarium where they are in a huge tank for people to pet. They don't seem like active sharks.

They don't hardly ever move, they look like they just want to stay in one place and never move. I was even told by the biologist at the Aquarium their the only type of shark that don't really need a round tank being they don't move or bump into things. They are perfectly happy just sitting in one spot all day every day. According to the "professionals" , they are like that in the wild and don't really need a big space to be happy. They are like the Betas of the Shark world!

Of course they don't recommend them as pets unless you know what your doing, but my question to this community is simple. Are we too hard on people that keep Bamboo and Cat Sharks in at least the minimal tank requirement that Liveaquaria suggest? It would seem kind of silly to build a HUGE tank for them only to pick out one spot and sit there all day without swimming. Be a boring tank if it was huge and no one really swimming in it.

Heck the cost of them are not even that much. They only ask $50 dollars for the shark. I am thinking of starting a pet store in my little community and I thought a 500 gallon Shark tank with a one or two Cat Sharks and one Bamboo shark would be cool for people to come see.

I know the cost really has nothing to do with their requirements, but I am just saying if they were something really hard to take care of and needed a lot of space and care the cost would be out of the ball park. Kind of like the Black Tip Reef Sharks. I only know of ONE person that has three of them, and they are in a HUGE round tank. He built the tank himself and he loves his sharks. The tank is over 17 thousands gallons.

I asked this here being that almost all Shark tanks are FOWLR.

By the way, just because we have been talking about "pool tanks before' here is one that is set up in a basement. I disagree with his stock, but it's still better than what most people have.

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Old 10-16-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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That is awesome, I would say it is overstocked but it would be cool with a couple. Especially if the had laser beams.
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Old 10-16-2013, 01:52 PM   #3
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A 600 gallon might work. I'm not too familiar with shark care but to be safe I'd get the biggest tank for that space
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:08 PM   #4
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Wow that tank is cool
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:08 PM   #5
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I like how everyone is talking about the tank, but not the Debate Question. LOL
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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Because not that any people are experienced with shark keeping I'm guessing.

It's got to be the ultimate tank though ay!
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Old 10-25-2013, 07:44 AM   #7
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It's quite strange as I just watched a show with a shark egg that hatch out and was one of the most amazing this I'd ever seen. Very tempting in my new 220 gallon but I have smaller species in the tank I worry would get gobbled up.
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I think you are referring to the coral cat shark in terms of the egg hatching. either way. Id say that the larger tank requirements are needed for sharks in general due to their bioload. they can be insanely messy eaters and also produce a TON of waste. but as for being to hard on hobbyists, yes I believe we are WAY too hard on hobbyists. that even goes for other fish as well (atleast in the sw side of it). I truthfully believe that so long as a fish isn't stunted, showing signs of depression/stress, and the parameters are ok, we really shouldn't jump on hobbyists for "overstocking"
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What about their tank buddies? Would they eat things like chromis if kept well fed?
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I personally don't have experience with sharks, so I couldn't answer that question reliably for you.
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