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well it's happing tonight,we have a 120 reef, 24 nano, 12,nano all are reef tanks, we just broke down our 150 cichlid tank and it is cycling right now, we wanna make it a shark tank:D just wanted to get other reefers opinions on what types of fish/eels can we keep with the sharks, the type of sharks we want to have are bamboos,cat bandeds, or if we can get a nurse from tropicorium and a wobbigong i think they are called we'll have them thanks for any imput or ideas
 

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that thread is your best bet.. unfortunaly a 150 is no where big enough for a shark let alone more than one. .... you do know the nurse sharks get 9 feet and 400 LBS right? about the only shark that might be a possiblility for one year or two.. would be a baby coral cat shark.. they max out at 24 inches or so.. a good measurement on tank size is full grown shark length x 1.5 and that should be your minimun tank width and full grown length x 3 for tank length.. just for some ideas...

the bamboos get 42+ inches long...

NO ANGELS with sharks there is really no other fish no lions.. tangs are ok..thats about it...
 

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shark tank

well i was gonna start out with eggs and hatch them, i had sucess hatching them before and they don't wanna eat when they hatch but mine after a couple days started munching down it can be a challange but i am aware of their size potential so trade in's will be done before it's too late because then no one wants huge sharks it's just fun raising them up as babies
 

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Ok - hatching shark pups from the egg - generally very bad idea -especially if you don't have experience in raising sharks.


A 120-150 gallon tank may be ok as "grow out" tank for small pups (from about 6-18"). But generally you'll need a tank that is at least 225-500+ gallons to keep any adult "Home Aquarium" Shark - Such as Coral Catsharks, Bamboos. Eppies or Horns.

Nurses are a big NO - since these sharks will eventually get to be at least 8-10 ft long, and require a large swimming pool size shark lagoon - just to Keep a single adult for life.

Wobbegongs come in all sizes from the small Northern/Wards (About 30") to the giant Spotted (which grows to 10 ft.). So you have to be really careful on your species selection.

As for compatiable tank mates. Angels, Triggers, Puffers, & Lions aren't suited with benthic sharks. While Groupers, Eels, & tangs tend to be compatiable (usually).
 

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well i do have knowledge on hatching a few select species of sharks, by all means not all, i have had sucess in the cat banded and the bamboo did very well i do know close friends in florida that can re- locate if they become too big, that they have good size lagoons that they keep adult's i was just kinda confused a little on what fish you can safely keep with them as before i started reefs i had sharks and only sahrks i never tried mixing other fish with them my 150 would only be a temp. home till they outgrow and not waiting till the last minute neither where the animal was compfortable thanks for the feedback you can never stop learning:D
 

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The captain said:
what about dwarf angels?
Hmmm ... No. Dwarf Angels can be just as bad as larger Angels with benthic sharks.

even the best suited species - such as Groupers, Eels & tangs are species dependant (meaning it all depends on the exact species or size of said species involved).
 

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cichlid333 said:
well it's happing tonight,we have a 120 reef, 24 nano, 12,nano all are reef tanks, we just broke down our 150 cichlid tank and it is cycling right now, we wanna make it a shark tank:D just wanted to get other reefers opinions on what types of fish/eels can we keep with the sharks, the type of sharks we want to have are bamboos,cat bandeds, or if we can get a nurse from tropicorium and a wobbigong i think they are called we'll have them thanks for any imput or ideas
If you are still thinking nurse sharks, or large wobbies... put it out of the question LOL... in my opinion this is wrong. these sharks get WAY too big for the average aquarist to accomidate. however a 150 is a fine start for small juvinile sharks of the other species stated above... but if you have the adequate space, i wouldn't rule out setting up a small pond later on down the line when the sharks get larger... they will be much happier in an environment that they can swim freely, and openly without running into things... this is esp true durring feeding time when they get VERY excited! the more open space the better!
 

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If you are still thinking nurse sharks, or large wobbies... put it out of the question LOL... in my opinion this is wrong. these sharks get WAY too big for the average aquarist to accomidate. however a 150 is a fine start for small juvinile sharks of the other species stated above... but if you have the adequate space, i wouldn't rule out setting up a small pond later on down the line when the sharks get larger... they will be much happier in an environment that they can swim freely, and openly without running into things... this is esp true durring feeding time when they get VERY excited! the more open space the better!
Agreed.

Well stated. ;)
 

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so what do you think you are going to do with these sharks as they get too big for your 150? Even if you just wanted to give them away there aren't very many people with the room or expeience to keep them. I understand your excitement and desire to raise them but you need to consider their welfare.
 

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wet thumb said:
so what do you think you are going to do with these sharks as they get too big for your 150? Even if you just wanted to give them away there aren't very many people with the room or expeience to keep them. I understand your excitement and desire to raise them but you need to consider their welfare.
This si the exact reason i dont go set up a 350 or somthing for a shark. lol. gotta be concerned about the welfare of the pet, and long term consequences of its health before we buy it. its the same reason i cant find an eel for my tank- all of em like shrimp. its a balance. if i want to see sharks, ill go to chicago and give money to the big aquarium there lol. it why i dont understand everyone buying up sharks. some new trend now, but detrimental in the long run for the lil (or not so in time!) buggers.
 

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This si the exact reason i dont go set up a 350 or somthing for a shark. lol. gotta be concerned about the welfare of the pet, and long term consequences of its health before we buy it. its the same reason i cant find an eel for my tank- all of em like shrimp. its a balance. if i want to see sharks, ill go to chicago and give money to the big aquarium there lol. it why i dont understand everyone buying up sharks. some new trend now, but detrimental in the long run for the lil (or not so in time!) buggers.
Well - considering there are sw aquarists with sw pond that range for 1,000 to over 30,000 gallons. And private aquarists that are successful keeping & breeding sharks - I would say it's very possible.

The big thing is about sharks is basically they require a commentment - to do the neccessary research, and be willing and able to keep them for the sharks entire life time - which may be 20 years or more.

They aren't easy or for all aquarists. But can be a very interesting and wonderful pet - if the aquarist knows what they are doing.
 
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