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There are a number of sharks sold as pets but the most common species are Nurse Sharks, Black tip reef shark, white tip reef shark, epaulette shark, wobbygong shark , leopard sharks and horn sharks. Some of these species can grow to be 4m / 13 ft long which makes it easy to se why these shark isn’t suitable as pets for most aquarist. Another shark that can be found in aquarium stores from time to time is the bull shark which is especially unsuitable to keep in aquariums since this is one of the most aggressive sharks there is. Bull shark can be found in freshwater but should not be kept as a freshwater fish.
Hi, I have been keeping Marines for about 4 years; and I wanted to ask your opinion on keeping sharks in an aquarium. I have recently dismantled my last tank and I have room for an aquarium that is 108 x 48 x 48 inches that I will have custom made, it will back on to my garage so all equipment and maintenance can be done in there. I would really like to keep shark(s) in this system- particularly a black tip reef. Is a system this size large enough for a black tip reef shark? And if not what other shark choices would you suggest for the home aquarium of this size? Many Thanks Peter
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It is my opinion as a senior aquarist that any responsible, ethical hobbist will pass sharks by. Many sharks sold at pet stores or online get far too large for most home aquariums. Nurse (Ginglymostoma cirratum), black tip reef (Carcharhinus melanopterus), epaulet (Hemiscyllium trispeculare), wobbygong (Orectolobus spp.), leopard (Triakis semifasciatus), and horn (Heterodontus spp.) sharks can grow between 3.25 feet to over 13 feet long. One local wholesaler I know even considered selling bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas)--one of the most aggressive sharks around. They can grow to 10 feet long and are sometimes found in freshwater. (Thankfully, this insane exercise never came to pass!) Blacktip reef sharks were once abundant on Hawaiian reefs, but are less frequently sighted now. The resident blacktip reef shark in the Aquarium’s Hunters on the Reef exhibit came from a pet shop in Los Angeles. Sometimes it is necessary to bring sharks from as far away as Palau, Micronesia, in the Western Pacific, over 5,000 miles (3,000 km) from Hawai‘i.All these details are important for the kind of repetitive operant conditioning the zoo practices. The sharks learn to associate certain actions with rewards. Just as your dog has learned which cupboard you keep the treats in, the blacktips and zebra sharks respond to the aquarist's signals because they know compliance will earn them bites of mackerel, pollock, and squid. Sure, the blacktips could nab a fish or two from the exhibit — and Wiener admits that it might happen on rare occasions — but why waste the effort when you know that red triangle's coming?I was at Island Pets in Richmond and there was a Blacktip Reef Shark and a Moray Eel in this big tank near the back. Unfortunately i missed the live feeding by an hour.