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Old 07-27-2004, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question about a specific fish

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I have recently purchased an iridescent shark and was told by the store that the shark would only grow to be six inches, but then I went to another pet store and a guy told me that same shark would grow to be sixteen inches. Which one is it? Right now I have him in a 10 gallon tank because I thought he would not grow that much. If anyone can help me, it would greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:38 AM   #2
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He will grow 16"+. Definately return him.
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Old 07-27-2004, 04:27 PM   #3
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Neither is corect....try 40". I have seen scores of these dumped on LFSes once they reach 20"+, assuming tht they live that long in the home aquarium and do not jump to their death or bash their heads in on the ends of the tank first.
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Old 07-27-2004, 07:22 PM   #4
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assuming tht they live that long in the home aquarium and do not jump to their death or bash their heads in on the ends of the tank first.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:48 PM   #5
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I've seen pics of irridecent sharks that were at least 2 or 3 FEET long....I'd see if the second store will buy it back from you or let you trade it, I wouldn't trust the one who sold it to you in the first place not to sell it to someone else with a 10 gallon tank.
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Old 07-27-2004, 11:54 PM   #6
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Right. If it is a true irridecent shark it will get huge. Remember lots of lfs mislable their fish. Make sure it is actually an irridecent shark before you return it.
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hmm do irridescents get bigger than balas? because ive heard so many warnings on balas but nothing on irridescents
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Old 07-28-2004, 11:18 AM   #8
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IRs get MASSIVE, I've seen a slew of them returned to the local big al's lately. They have a 5000 gallon pond they put them and all the over sized fish into. There's probably 4 full grown pacu, 5 full grown pleco, 6 adult balas and 5 2' IR's in there.
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Old 07-28-2004, 01:43 PM   #9
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Right. If it is a true irridecent shark it will get huge. Remember lots of lfs mislable their fish. Make sure it is actually an irridecent shark before you return it.
To be fair, if it is even of the same genera, it will get massive.
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Old 07-28-2004, 04:17 PM   #10
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Yes it is true like the rest of the people said, They can get up to a 12" or more. They are the coolest looking fish in the world too. I was going to get one at the LFS one day, and my buddy that works there stoped me and told me that they get huge and that they will eat anything they can get there mouth around. He also said that if he had a chooice they would not sell IR's cause usually people really don't have the right amount of room for one of them.
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IRs get MASSIVE, I've seen a slew of them returned to the local big al's lately. They have a 5000 gallon pond they put them and all the over sized fish into. There's probably 4 full grown pacu, 5 full grown pleco, 6 adult balas and 5 2' IR's in there.
I wish I could see that!!


I say its an excuse to go from a 10gal to a 250 gal =o)
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I say its an excuse to go from a 10gal to a 250 gal =o)
More like from a 10 to a 5000....trust me on that one, a lone pair of 24" IRs are crowded in a 750.
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Then a 5000 it is!
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you can get like a 2000 gallon pond tarp for like 200$. or are you thinking about a tank
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