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Old 08-23-2013, 02:40 PM   #1
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Shark tanks

I've always wanted to have a shark tank but never could afford it but I've also heard of taking a small pool and converting that..does anyone have some pics of there setup with sharks or with pool idea?
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If I could do something like that, I would still go with inactive species like bamboo sharks
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Yeah, sharks swim thousands of miles so Id do like betta said and get an inactive one
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I've always wanted to have a shark tank but never could afford it but I've also heard of taking a small pool and converting that..does anyone have some pics of there setup with sharks or with pool idea?
Technically you could use, in theory, anything that will hold water and can be plumbed for filtration. I think you could probably use a "pool" but unless its clear on the sides it wouldn't be much enjoyment. The surface agitation you need for the water to stay aerated would ultimately ruin your viewing experiment. Plus a top down view of fish, sharks and rays isn't as impressive to me as a well built acrylic tank. If all you want are sharks or rays, you could build a shallow but long and wide tank I would think something like a 1' tall by 6' long and wide would be sufficient. That's ~270 US gallons so still reasonably manageable as far as over all maintenance. Tank doesn't absolutely have to be rounded you just have to put some smooth rocks in the corners to keep him from bumping his nose. That's about all I can give on sharks with my length of knowledge.
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Technically you could use, in theory, anything that will hold water and can be plumbed for filtration. I think you could probably use a "pool" but unless its clear on the sides it wouldn't be much enjoyment. The surface agitation you need for the water to stay aerated would ultimately ruin your viewing experiment. Plus a top down view of fish, sharks and rays isn't as impressive to me as a well built acrylic tank. If all you want are sharks or rays, you could build a shallow but long and wide tank I would think something like a 1' tall by 6' long and wide would be sufficient. That's ~270 US gallons so still reasonably manageable as far as over all maintenance. Tank doesn't absolutely have to be rounded you just have to put some smooth rocks in the corners to keep him from bumping his nose. That's about all I can give on sharks with my length of knowledge.
Thats too small for aquaria sharks and rays. Id go 2ft deep minimum and 8x8 or better yet, 12x12! Thats 2150 gallons of ocean!
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Thats too small for aquaria sharks and rays. Id go 2ft deep minimum and 8x8 or better yet, 12x12! Thats 2150 gallons of ocean!
I disagree. I didn't say put 10 sharks and rays in there. Nor did I say large species. I've seen many successful tanks around here with those same dimensions I stated. As the shark grew I would find it a more suitable home before I put a 12 foot square tank in my house but that's just me.
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Who wants a 2-4' shark? Rehoming them isn't easy. Just be prepared.
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Yeah...it's not an easy undertaking and it's not something you can do with little funds. I would suggest a massive, round tank. Captain Nemos near me had a 5000 gallon tank and the sharks quickly outgrew it. they were causing damage to themselves and had to be removed ASAP. The point is, 5000 gallons wasn't enough....
They have since made it a "reef tank" of sorts-
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Yeah...it's not an easy undertaking and it's not something you can do with little funds. I would suggest a massive, round tank. Captain Nemos near me had a 5000 gallon tank and the sharks quickly outgrew it. they were causing damage to themselves and had to be removed ASAP. The point is, 5000 gallons wasn't enough....
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Thank you ad well. Rehoming a shark that big definitely isn't easy. Thats why you should be prepared BEFORE you buy anything
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Who wants a 2-4' shark? Rehoming them isn't easy. Just be prepared.
Someone that doesnt make the money to support a 6' Shark like me. More like doesnt want to spend the money to support one when i can dive and see them all i want.
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