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Old 04-04-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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I am fascinated in sharks. My goal in the future is to own a true monster shark when I become loaded with money and am a veteran salt water aquarium owner. I have a long ways to go and a lot to learn but I was wondering what types of sharks can be owned. Can you list specific speicies? I want to read up on it so that I can get a little motivation to reach this goal. Also, how much would the price be around for each shark? I heard that people owned Nurse Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, black-reef sharks, white tipped sharks, and some sting/manta rays. What is the usual tank size for these monsters?
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:46 PM   #2
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More money than I could ever afford considering the size the tank would have to be...Nurse Shark=1000+. The link below has pricing and housing descriptions.

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Thanks. I will read this. I appreciate it.
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As you can see from that link they require a huge tank and are very difficult to raise.
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The Nurse Shark in my LFS is in a 5,000 gallon tank.
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My gut reaction is to try to disuade you from ever considering it, BUT if you are truly fascinated and dedicated to learning then I can't do that. There are people that very responsibly keep sharks in home aquaria. It CAN be done. It's expensive and not easy, but possible. The commonly available sharks in the hobby are the wrong ones to consider. I know nothing about it myself, but a friend of mine in the local club has kept sharks for years. Ignore anything heard at an LFS, take each step one at a time (i.e. get FW "down" first then research SW), and have realistic goals measured in years.

Off-topic- yea, 3G- betta, no more and only if it's heated and filtered. If I read or remember wrong, I apologize.
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My gut reaction is to try to disuade you from ever considering it, BUT if you are truly fascinated and dedicated to learning then I can't do that. There are people that very responsibly keep sharks in home aquaria. It CAN be done. It's expensive and not easy, but possible. The commonly available sharks in the hobby are the wrong ones to consider. I know nothing about it myself, but a friend of mine in the local club has kept sharks for years. Ignore anything heard at an LFS, take each step one at a time (i.e. get FW "down" first then research SW), and have realistic goals measured in years.

Off-topic- yea, 3G- betta, no more and only if it's heated and filtered. If I read or remember wrong, I apologize.
Yes. I will of course have to take this goal slow and break it down into different parts and accomplish them before I get a shark. It will take many years but like you said, Dedication will get me to that point.
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It's not like you're trying for a whale. People have and continue to do sharks, but it takes years of learning and some big bucks. Just show a little faith and you'd be suprised what can happen.
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Oh no.... You said shark... I cant wait to read this thread....LOL

I say get one... I had a nurse in a 125 gallon... Kept it about 2 years or so. They grow like mad so make sure you have a place to take it when it out grows the tank. I took mine to my LFS and traded it for some other goodies... It was fun to keep! Would eat out of my hand! Not real pricey either! Kept it without a hitch!
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In complete honesty, stick to small reef dwelling sharks such as Epaulette's, Bamboo's, Horn sharks, catsharks, etc. unless you can literally afford at least a 10,000g display for Requiem sharks. Most requiem sharks would eventually have to be moved from a 10,000g display and into larger aquariums (think large pools upwards of 25,000g+). This would also cost you ten of thousands, possibly hundreds of thousands.
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