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Old 04-22-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Coral banded cat shark

What is with people having a coral banded shark in a 90 gallon tank? Would the shark even be able to live?
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:22 AM   #2
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They want something that is cool, so they think sharks are cool. They don't think of the animal at all.

I see tanks all the time that are not taken care of, or the poor fish can't even swim an inch. Most sites say 180 gallon is good for just one of them. I think that's a good tank size as I seen fully grown ones at the Newport Aquarium. They get big, but not huge. a 180 gallon tank with just one of them, and hardly any tank mates would be fine. I personally don't want to keep a shark unless I know I can house it with at least a 1000 gallon or more. A tank that is only 6 foot in swim space is not really enough. The depth of a tank is not the issue, it's the horizontal swim space. I heard 2 to 3 feet of depth is fine for them so long as they got enough room to swim and turn around.
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Ya I saw people having them and I got all excited about it. But then you think about it and it's like how do you expect them to live? I wish I could but maybe in the future with a much larger tank
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also they need a round tank because of their swim patterns they can not have corners and i wouldn't put any shark in less then 300 gallons hope his helps good luck
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:13 PM   #5
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An easy way to get a Shark tank, is to get the pools from Wal-Mart and fill that up (The ones that cost 300 dollars or more, with the plastic supports). Only downside is you could only look from the top of the tank. But it gives them plenty of swim space and it's round. Another thing I would be worried about is how flimsy the pool would be.

I would do a custom shark tank only if I had a heated barn type of space. Separate from my main home, but still insulated and heated. I don't think it would be difficult to build one or to expensive. Just some plywood and concrete, only make it three foot deep. It's a dream, but might never happen. :-p I would love some black-tip sharks, but I know they need a big swim space. I know of a shop that has a 40,000 gallon tank with three in it, and that even seems small for them. They went for depth thou, I would go for length and give them more swim space than depth.
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Would you need to put sand in it? Also do they need any specific light?
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Sand and Rock. The Sand is where most of your live bacteria would be, the Rock would just be for them to swim around. If I did build my shark tank, I would put Sand in the bottom of it. It would be like the tank at the New Port Aquarium. You can pet the sharks there, and they have a place to hide when they feel like they don't want to be bothered. My tank of course wouldn't be a petting zoo, but it would be the same design. Large open water tank with sand on the bottom and some live rock to swim in and out of. I would put the Bamboo Shark and Cat Shark into the tank. Being it would be big I would have about 3 each for a total of six sharks. I think it would be a cool project to have, and like I said, I don't think it would cost much.

If you referring to the pool idea, than yea! You would still need sand and some rocks for the sharks to hide in if they want. It would also help with the filtration.
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So will the pool idea why would I need?
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So with* the pool idea...what exactly would I need?
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Is sand absolutely needed? Or could I just throw some rocks in
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