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Keeping sharks in a home aquarium

 
 
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:22 pm
@shewolfnm,
I think you mean the Bala Shark, I kept em with guppies and they were pretty tame (but they weren't full grown).
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:22 pm
@boomerang,
If you're ever down here boomer, you can't miss the shark exhibit at the
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
http://aquarium.ucsd.edu/Plan_a_Visit/Top_Ten_Reasons_to_Visit/

or at Seaworld where you enter the shark tube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMiYmYJydNg&feature=related
http://www.seaworld.com/sitepage.aspx?PageID=431
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thegalacticemperor
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:30 pm
@boomerang,
Look into the epaulette sharks. They are best suited for the size tank you are considering.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:40 pm
@Robert Gentel,
was that what you posted a photo of?
Because if so, that is not the fish I am thinking of..
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:41 pm
@shewolfnm,
I posted a link to the Bala Shark image search and a photo of the red-finned shark.

Here's the Bala:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/72/Balasharkloach.jpg/180px-Balasharkloach.jpg
shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:50 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Yeah, I just double checked your other post and that isnt the fish I am thinking of.

the one I am thinking of is quite pricey (50.00 compared to the Bala about 5.00-7.00) and is a bit of a novelty type fish. Though I dont -think- shark is in its name at all. I just tried googling some fresh water shark like fish photos and did not see it.

i will be going back to the shop this weekend. Now, I will definitely take my camera as I am stumped as to what this fish is.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:51 pm
@boomerang,
Nothing like the sharks.. but what about fresh water piranhas ? Very Happy
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thegalacticemperor
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 04:33 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Come on, the kid likes sharks. Don't steer him towards a wussy freshwater fugazi!
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 04:58 pm
@thegalacticemperor,
Well if it's a shark he wants it's a shark he wants. No way around that. The Epaulette is a good recommendation for home aquariums but I don't think it's very "shark-like" either:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42100000/jpg/_42100380_epauletteshark_ap.jpg

I remember being disappointed in these kind of sharks as a kid, they don't have the pointy nose! I don't know of any stereotypically "sharky" sharks that would be a good fit though...
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 05:11 pm
Mo is home from school now and, as usual, he is drawing shark picutres -- the great white, the thresher, the megaladon, the short fin mako. Then it was my turn. I don't draw very good sharks so I went with an easy one -- the basking shark. I hardly had the mouth drawn when he guessed what it was. Then he asked me to draw a sand tiger shark and I told him I didn't know how. "Uh mom. It's the one with the little barbs on it's fins....."

Anyway, he drew it for me and I looked it up and he is right.

Then he drew a Port Jackson shark and a goblin shark and a great hammerhead.

I buy him big drawing pads and he draws shark after shark after shark.

I might be able to get away with a less than shark looking shark since he knows more about what sharks are supposed to look like than most kids and certainly more than I do.

Did you know a zebra bullhead shark has remained unchanged for 200 million years? Mo knows.

I'll look into that shark, Mr. Emperor!
thegalacticemperor
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 05:25 pm
@boomerang,
Excellent option for you, I think. I remember being fascinated with them as a kid. There is really no comparing them to freshwater fish. They are actual sharks! Good luck and have fun. Let us know what you decide on Very Happy
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boomerang
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 05:57 pm
I showed Mo that picture and he said he thought it looked like a Port Jackson shark:

http://www.elasmodiver.com/Sharkive%20images/Port%20Jackson%20shark%20018.jpg

The head shape is very similar.

CJane, I would love to bring him to see both of those places! The Scripps Institute looks amazing!

We're driving down to Santa Barbara tomorrow for a couple of days. I really wish we could head on down.....

Thank you all so much for your ideas and information. I really apprecite it - you have saved me hours and hours of research. I love having a starting point like this to launch from.

Thanks again!
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animalsrawsome
 
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Reply Sun 7 Jun, 2009 10:57 am
@boomerang,
You should get a bala shark. Its not a real shark its a large minow but it looks just like one. It doesn't cost as much and its easy to care for.
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armyjeep69
 
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Reply Sat 31 Oct, 2009 05:38 am
@boomerang,
I have looking into getting a shark as well, right now doing some research in the Atlantic sharpnose (http://new-brunswick.net/new-brunswick/sharks/species/sharpnose.html), Not sure if a 200gal will work or not yet. Since I have 6 more months on my deployment, I have time before I do this. Good luck.
armyjeep69
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davidpauley11
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 05:01 pm
@boomerang,
Try a banded catshark. If you have dealt with exoctic marine species then you would have no problem with one of these. Its gonna need a big tank when it gets older, but you could start it out in a simple 55 setup.
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 7 Jul, 2010 05:18 pm
Thanks for the great Picasso Trigger photo. Had one 20 years ago that used to squirt water when it was hungry. I was distraught when he passed away.
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Sharklover91
 
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Reply Sat 24 Jul, 2010 02:35 pm
Happened to come across this post and cant help but notice you're looking for "Shark-like" sharks... These would be members of the Requiem family i assume, Thus the only shark that im aware of kept in home aqauriums would be the "Black tipped reef shark"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP60qmCvuhM
^^^
Ignore the guys description about how to keep them but that is a good representation of a tank used to house a Black tipped reef shark they tend to retail at a very high price, (Within the region of 500-1200 GBP so in dollars i guess its aroudn 700-1500 dollars) However they are amazing creatures that move and look the part.

Otherwise my best suggestion as im only 19 and have to wait before i can lay my hands on my own black tip would be a "Siberian Diamond Sturgeon"
Not the same look i know however i have 2 of them in an 8ft aqaurium that glide up and down and i have to say the way in which they move is very shark like

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN9UOyPJE8Q

Theres a vid of some... Hope that helps..
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