So... Are there “shark people” out there? The answer is yes! If you happen to visit this website regularly you’re probably one of them! Though some people are afraid of sharks, and others are indifferent, there are plenty of people who recognize the beauty and complexity of a shark and they just can’t get enough of them. So if you’re a shark person, how do you get your fill without living near an ocean? The answer might surprise you.
Knowing What Species Will Readily Acclimate To The Confines Of Large Home Aquarium
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What You See Isn’t Always What You Should Get
Despite the fact that you can purchase a large variety of different types of sharks, it doesn’t mean you should. Not all species are good for aquarium life, so you need to discover what ones need to stay in the ocean, and what ones will be comfortable and adapt to their new home. There are a number of shark species that will do well in a home aquarium as juveniles but will outgrow almost any home tank. When choosing the right type of shark for your home, you want to stick with the smaller species rather than the larger ones.
When browsing, you might see a baby hammerhead or various types of reef shark for sale, but these should be avoided. Large sharks can grow up to 2 feet (60 cm) each year and you will end up needing to get a bigger aquarium to house them. For example, young nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) make wonderful aquarium pets, but they typically attain adult lengths in excess of 10 feet. As with any pet you choose, safety for you and your family should be the first priority. Plus, with a lifespan of 25 to 35 years, you’ll need to know that you can care for your pet no matter what happens in the future.
The Sharks That Make The Best Pets
Most people who are shark owners own this type of shark. It would easily win any popularity contest due to its slim and fast-moving body and 2 handsome spots above his pectoral fins. Epaulettes love small spaces and confinement as it makes them feel safe. They love to bottom-feed on the sandy aquarium floor but do not need to eat often as they like to fast for a few weeks and then feast.
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This is a member of the carpet shark family and you will see this by the carpet markings on his body. Getting the right species of Wobbegong is a must as some species can get as big as 10 feet (3.04 meters) in length. Look for the tasseled or Ward’s Wobbegong to ensure that your pet stays small enough to handle. The Wobbegong has a very slow metabolism, meaning that he only needs to eat twice a week and his exercise consists of hanging out at the bottom of his tank.
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This is a smaller shark that includes seven different species. They typically get along really get along with other fish, but they have voracious appetites and might make a snack out of someone who looks like a tasty morsel. Feeding this type of shark a few times a day will keep her happy, but she is a bit more active than the Wobbegong, so a larger tank is a must so she can swim to her heart’s content.
4. Horn Shark
Horn Sharks have a very distinctive shark look to them, even though they only reach around 4 feet in length. The Horn Shark has its trademark spine at the front of the dorsal fin that it uses to protect itself from being swallowed by larger fish. While the Horn Shark is a suitable species for aquarium life, it can be a little difficult to acclimate to the aquarium at first. When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. To properly house the Horn Shark, the aquarium should be very large (300 gallons +) and should have a sand substrate bottom and some rock work to provide hiding places. A sand substrate is crucial as the Horn Shark will lay on the bottom of the tank often and crushed coral or aragonite substrates will cause scratches and irritation on the Horn Sharks abdomen.