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Old 01-25-2014, 12:22 AM   #1
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Shark time! (For real)

Alright, I see it in you eyes... All of you, have wanted sharks at some point!
It finally time for me to just say "yes" to such a task of keeping sharks.
Actually, I'm going a giant step further.
I plan to eventually breed them.
A friend of mine and I are setting up a 250gal (plus a 50gal sump/whatever you would call this) hatchery/nursery tank right now (will try to get some pictures tomorrow).
Don't even start to worry, I'm not blindly rushing into this! I DO know how big sharks get/how much room they need (I plan to upgrade to at least a 1000gal shark/ray pond eventually).

Now that, that is out of the way; do any of you have experience with raising, or breeding sharks?
We are planing to start with cats (banded, and coral cats) and add epaulettes later on.

Advice is more than welcome!
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:35 AM   #2
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I'd run a bigger sump and a massive skimmer if you're planning on keeping more than one shark in that 250 for the time being.
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Old 01-25-2014, 11:38 AM   #3
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Here's the system (empty for now)

It used to be an aquaponics tank (for those of you who know what that is), and it had 100% biological filtration.
There were 20 Koi in the bottom tank, with a vegetable grow bed on the top; both to better grow the plants, and to filter all that the koi could put out.

I'm going to will the top with rock to act as my "sump" and the bottom will have the sharks.
I am going to have some extra filtration added on, I'm just not sure what all I will use.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:09 PM   #4
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From what I understand, shark breeding can become very dangerous. If the one shark doesn't have a place to hide the partner could kill it
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:22 PM   #5
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That tank is no where big enough to attempt what you want to do and the process of keeping and breeding sharks is in the expert level of saltwater skills...not trying to burst any bubbles but that level of skill to successfully achieve what you are trying to do is hard to come by and takes many years to learn
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For now (and when I say now I mean: in a month of so) I'll just be hatching sharks.
I won't even try to breed them until I upgrade.
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:33 PM   #7
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For now (and when I say now I mean: in a month of so) I'll just be hatching sharks.
I won't even try to breed them until I upgrade.

seems that no matter what someone was going to say to you that you were going to do it anyways regardless of warnings so I wasted my time responding it seems...well have fun and do lots of research...those sharks don't deserve to die because of inexperience so do lots of homework before jumping in head first
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Old 01-25-2014, 10:58 PM   #8
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All I'm trying to get at is, I'm setting up that tank - sharks or not.
I know someone who wants me to hatch sharks for them, and that is my only tank big enough to do it.

I started this thread hoping for some advice, as I am new to this aria of aquaria.
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Sharks are a difficult creature to keep. You have to be quite specific with which you attempt as many need long amounts of room to swim and even tanks with no corners. I would ensure that you be very careful in what you choose to attempt in this setup because of the corners and there not being much room for them to swim, think horizontal rather than vertical.
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Tank? I see a plastic tote with the top cut off! I have 3 empty ones you can have for free
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