Saltwater Sharks

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About Saltwater Sharks

Group:
Saltwater
Size:
Large
Temperament:
Aggressive
Aquarium Size:
Very large (200 gal)
Swimming Region:
Bottom
Fish Water Condition:
Suitable Tank Mates:
Sharks and Rays
Difficulty Of Care:
Daily care
General description


Sharks are some of the most majestic and most dangerous species of saltwater fish kept in the aquarium hobby. They are only recommended for advanced hobbyists. Most species of shark grow far too large to be kept in a home aquarium, and even the smaller species that are often kept in aquariums need to be housed in extremely large tanks. Sharks are characterized by their long, powerful bodies, cartilaginous skeletons and vertical gill-slits located on the sides of the head.


Sharks are some of the most majestic and most dangerous species of saltwater fish kept in the aquarium hobby.


Origins


Saltwater sharks are found in oceans across the world.


Color


Most aquarium varieties of sharks are dully colored in shades of tan, yellow, brown and grey. Their bodies are often market with various spots and bands.


Maintenance and care

The most important thing to remember when attempting to raise saltwater sharks is that they need extremely large aquariums of 200 gallons or more. The aquariums should also ideally be circular or hexagonal in shape as sharp corners can often restrict the shark’s swimming movements. Shallower aquariums with large surface areas are also preferred.


When decorating the saltwater shark aquarium it is important to leave as much open swimming space as possible. It is however advisable to include a few hiding places into which the shark can retreat into.


Water quality and stability are two important factors when raising sharks in the home aquarium. A very high quality filtration system and protein skimmer is an absolute must. It is also recommended that large water changes be carried out weekly.


Sharks are highly predatory and should not be housed with any other species of fish. Several sharks can be kept together in the same aquarium provided that they are housed in a sufficiently large tank. Sharks can also be kept with some species of rays.


The most important thing to remember when attempting to raise saltwater sharks is that they need extremely large aquariums of 200 gallons or more.


Feeding


Saltwater sharks should be fed on a meaty diet of fresh marine fish, shrimp and scallops. They should not be fed more than 2-3 times per week.


Breeding


It is possible to breed sharks in an aquarium environment, but this requires an aquarium that is large enough to house several sharks while maintaining perfect water parameters. This can be hard to achieve in the home aquarium.


Aquarium varieties


Bamboo Sharks, Cat Sharks and Epaulette Sharks.


Photo credit: Steve Childs/Flickr; Hans Hillewaert/Wikimedia

Amy Tokic
Amy Tokic

Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).

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