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Old 03-16-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Planning for a future shark tank

I am planning a future build that will probably be a couple of years from now before it happens.

I have an acrylic guy who can build anything I can dream up of, so I plan to start gathering all of the equipment including the tank soon.

Here is what I want to accomplish...

I want a FO tank to house a cat shark, snowflake eel, & a porcupine puffer.

The first question is compatibility, whats your opinion? I plan to add them all around the same time while they are all small, yet big enough not to become eel food.

Next is tank size... I haven't determined this yet, I was thinking of a square tank with less height and more depth, I think this would allow for a smaller water volume while still giving the fish & shark the room they need. I am thinking a 200-250g would probably be sufficient. Thoughts & input welcome, this is just an initial guess, I feel it would be better for the shark than a standard 200+ as this would be more square footage.

I would want minimal rock in the tank and was thinking of a center overflow with diy rock built around it like a centered column with lots of eel hiding places. This way the shark will have lots of surface area to roam. Also this will allow me to place the tank in the center of a room or as a divider should i move it in the future.

Probably a 4" fine sand bed. I already have a 50g sump built and an AquaC EV-240, and plan to build a large algae turf scrubber as the main filtration to supplement the fact that there will be little LR in the system. Considering the Tunze Wavebox for water movement.

This is just the beginning thoughts, I need to do lots of research and am definitely taking my time on this, want to plan everything perfectly before I buy anything.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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One important thing I can suggest is to make sure the rock you put in there will be glued down. Sharks have a tendency to knock these down and can injure themselves.
Lastly, I know a cat shark requires a minimum of 180g, but if you plan on keeping it through adult life, I would shoot for more of a 300g+ tank. Just my 2 cents..

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Old 03-17-2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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Go with the coral catshark, it's more active and it only grows to 24"
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One important thing I can suggest is to make sure the rock you put in there will be glued down. Sharks have a tendency to knock these down and can injure themselves.
Lastly, I know a cat shark requires a minimum of 180g, but if you plan on keeping it through adult life, I would shoot for more of a 300g+ tank. Just my 2 cents..

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Thanks for your response!

The rock work would be a "cone" that wraps around the overflow so it is unable to collapse.

I was looking into the coral cats (atelomycterus mormoratus). From what I've read if I were to build a 200g that is shallower than the standard with more width allowing for a bigger footprint. Would that be sufficient to house one through adult life as they max out around 23". I'm open to thoughts from others and will only go ahead if it's fair to the shark.

Is the porcupine likely to be incompatible due to there tendency to nip?
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Go with the coral catshark, it's more active and it only grows to 24"
Exactly what I was planning on
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Perfect!
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Can get too short if the shark maxes at 24" you need about 30" tall cuz if it wants to swim up and down or eat food near the top it will have space and i dont suggest a puffer with 2 predators or the will puff up a lot and thats not good in your tank but how bout a pair of tomato clowns (tougher) a small school of like 5-6 blue/green chromis'(too fast and small so they wont bother attacking it),a blue hippo tang (witch will get to big for them to eat and there fast)a yellow tang(fast enough to get away) and then like 1-2 more fish that you like along with 3 cleaner shrimps because they are the only shrimp that wont get killed and some other inverts+corals/nems but hey thats just what i would do,i wanna see your stocking list
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Can get too short if the shark maxes at 24" you need about 30" tall cuz if it wants to swim up and down or eat food near the top it will have space and i dont suggest a puffer with 2 predators or the will puff up a lot and thats not good in your tank but how bout a pair of tomato clowns (tougher) a small school of like 5-6 blue/green chromis'(too fast and small so they wont bother attacking it),a blue hippo tang (witch will get to big for them to eat and there fast)a yellow tang(fast enough to get away) and then like 1-2 more fish that you like along with 3 cleaner shrimps because they are the only shrimp that wont get killed and some other inverts+corals/nems but hey thats just what i would do,i wanna see your stocking list
Thanks for the guidance! I am still considering the tank dimensions and that's a good point! I plan to house a snowflake eel as I already have a baby one in my 72g, I was thinking a blue hippo tang, and maybe 3 yellow tangs. Also are large sea urchins compatible? Trying to think of some cleaners that both the shark and eel would avoid.
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Also I'm not really planning on adding corals as I have a separate reef tank, I may throw in some low maintenance softies, probably mostly mushrooms.
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They will leave ur cleaner shrimp alone,urchins,and large hermits also but you may also be able to get some snails.but im not sure and if you get clowns you should get an anemone to protect them when they sleep
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