Sharks

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Sharks

Having a shark is a great responsibility. It is your obligation to provide a tank for them to live comfortably. You must take into consideration that you are purchasing a juvenile that will grow to maturity, and will require a large systemPrior to purchasing, it is your responsibility to educate yourself on the needs of the shark and especially its requirements of space.

 

Aquarium Suggestions

- For Inactive species the aquarium must be .75 times as wide as the full adult length of the shark, and 2 - 2.5 times as long.

- For Active species the aquarium must be 1.5 times as wide as the full adult length of the shark, and 4 - 5 times as long.

- It is important to remember that tall configurations of standard tanks may not be as appropriate as longer or wide designs of equal volume.

- When choosing a substrate for your tank, a smaller grade is ideal. Sand or Fine Aragonite Sand is especially important for species that spend lots of time lying on the bottom or that bury themselves.

 

Tank Parameters

- Temperature should be between 70 - 80 Degrees (F)

* Some cold water species do better in the 60's

- Salinity Specific Gravity should be kept between 1.020 - 1.026

- pH should be kept between 7.8 - 8.3 

* Sharks are sensitive to pH- If adjustments need to be made, they should be done very slow.

 

Common Mistakes

1. Purchasing a shark on impulse without educating yourself on its biology and necessary care requirements

2. Purchasing a species that will outgrow your tank and/or financial resources

3. Purchasing a species that is too active for the tank you provide

4. Purchasing a cold water species for a tropical aquarium (a chiller may need to be provided)

5. Purchasing a species that poses difficulty for feeding

 

Best Sharks for Beginners 

* We do not sell each and every shark listed below, these are just a few suggestions.

Smaller Adult Sizes

- Coral Catshark                  - White Spotted Bamboo Shark               

- Gray Bamboo Shark          - Brownbanded Bamboo Shark

- Arabian Bamboo Shark      - Epaulette Shark

 

Medium to Large Adult Sizes

- Horn Shark

 

Sharks for Experts & Very Large Systems

We do not sell each and every shark listed below, these are just a few suggestions.

- Zebra Shark               - Nurse Shark

- Leopard Shark            - Blacktip Reef Shark

- Lemon Shark              - Whitetip Reef Shark

- Bonnethead Shark

 

Tank Mates

Bad Tankmates/ Potentially Harmful to your Shark:

- Scorpionfishes            - Butterflyfishes

- Large Angelfish           - Filefishes

- Triggerfishes              - Puffers

- Purcupinefishes

 

Good Fish Tankmates/ Non Harmful Fish:

*We do not sell each and every item listed below, these are just a few suggestions.

- Moray Eels            - Snake Eels

- Squirrelfishes         - Grouper

- Batfishes               - Spinecheeks

- Cardinalfishes        - Goatfishes

- Snapper                - Jacks

- Discfishes              - Monos

- Damselfishes          - Hawkfishes

- Sand Perches          - Gobies

 

Good Invertebrate Tankmates/ Non Harmful:

*We do not sell each and every Invertebrate listed below, these are just a few suggestions.

- Larger Cowries            - Larger Conchs

- Boxer Shrimps             - Cleaner Shrimps

- Hermit Crabs               - Decorator Crabs 

- Slipper Lobster            - Spiny Lobster

- Linckia Sea Stars         - Brittle Stars

- Pencil Urchins

 

Recommended Shark Food

* Although there is the possibility of transmitting certain parasites, fresh seafood is preferred to frozen as it has greater nutritional value. 

- Earthworms                 - Snails

- Clams                          - Market Squid

- Frozen Krill                  - Table Shrimp

- Blue Crab                    - Shark Formula Food (Ocean Nutrition)

- Sardines                      - Herring

- Mackerel                      - Orange Roughy

- Snapper                      - River Smelt

- Plaice