Animal Stories - Silver-tipped Shark

Animal-World Information about: Silver-tipped Shark

   Though this is a very attractive fish and fun to observe, the Silver-tipped Shark or Shark Catfish gets rather large, up to 14 inches (36 cm) and needs several companions. This equates to a rather large aquarium!
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Sarah - 2012-07-27
Was wondering if they can eat fresh liver?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-28
    Some will take fresh meat.  But it will dirty your tank and any meat that isn't finished can cause issues in the tank if not removed.
Pete Gold - 2012-03-02
I'm new here sorry but can someone give me some advice...
Started up my new Aquarium with the intent on getting Malawi Mbuna. Got the special live sand and got some starter fish to get the eco system going. 4 Giant Danios 2 Plecos
and 4 small ST Sharks. Two days now. Sharks are NOT doing well and one is dead. LFS guy says Ph too high at 8.0 this web site indicates these guys can do ok in this range???
No Amonia 0.0, Nitrites 0.0, Nitrates 0.0... Temp is 76-78F
Used API Master test kit... Water hardness - do not know at this time
It is a new tank but used the LIVE SAND and Bio Clear additive as well.... I see no reason to start cycling water YET as no abnormal water tests? All other fish dong well...

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-02
    Did you put them in all at once? May need to add some veggies to the tank since it's not established yet. The Live Sand you used, was it for fresh water? That could be an issue if it were Marine Live Sand.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-16
    Check your salt levels! This happened to me, my ST shark was not eating and my salt was too high. As babies, they are more brackish then salt. Keep the salt around 1.016-1.020. let him get used to the salt. As the ST shark begins to grow, up the salt levels to 1.020-1.025.
Tasha - 2012-07-09
Okay, totally new about this. So my boyfriend and I decided to get a ten gal tank for my sons room, thinking he would love it. (He does btw) but when we got it, I had already had a tadpole (unknown species & bought from petstore) and a snail (which was found at the lake). We had them in a one gal bowl and really needed to upgrade. So we went to the petstore because we wanted new fish.. Well we left with a fish that looks just like the catfish, or the guy called it a 4 tail shark catfish? Anyways, and two comets.. The guy didn't tell us the catfish needed salt or fresh water? But they are all doing great, all get along fantastically, but should I worry if the catfish will eat/kill any of them or if he/she will hurt them? I mean like I said they get along great so I don't feel like I need to worry.. But I'm not even sure if that's what it is, AND how do you know if it's pregnant or just plain fat?!? I'm worried, I don't want babies!! Haha but really I just don't know & hope someone can help me!!!

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-10
    This fish will end up out growing the tank.  Not really the best starter fish.  I would return it and start with mollies, guppies, platties or sword fish.  If you plan on keeping it plan on upgrading again.  They are pretty cool fish.  I would guess it is just plump!  They are sensitive to water condition changes and like a little salt, but that wouldnt be good for tadpole.
Daniel - 2012-07-02
What sound I do if my silver-tipped shark stoped eating the pellets I feed him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-07-02
    try flake, bloodworms. or may be some live shrimp.
Linda - 2012-06-26
My husband wants to get this type of fish and I've been doing some research on it. I pretty much know most of what I need to. However, I was wondering if someone could tell me exactly which fish would be good to go in a tank with it? As in the specific names of the most compatible fish.

savannah - 2012-06-22
I just got one of these from wal-mart and didnt know anything about them. Its about 3 inches and is in a 10 gal tank by itself with brackish water. Will it survive in a 10 gal tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-22
    Yes but will out grow the tank fairly fast.
Paul - 2012-03-30
I have 2 of these and 1 has just started to go swimming around the tank non stop for the last day or so which is out of the ordinary for this breed of catfish shark. Checked PH GH KH AMONIA & NITRATES which are fine. Can anyone tell me what is going on with the fish and a cure for what maybe the start of some disease??????
Many thanx

Hayley - 2011-09-13
My shark catfish has started to hide and chase other fish if they come to close. He also appears to keep gulping. I'm wondering if he is likely to be brooding?? Any tips?? I have read that this is pretty unlikely for them to breed in captivity... But wondering what else would cause this behavior?
I have 5 shark catfish in 180L tropical tank x

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  • amy - 2012-02-18
    Hi, I know this reply is very late but the first thing I would do is test the water. Your ammonia and/or nitrites might be high. Definetely a water change would be in order. Also, I learned that almost all bacterial and fungal infections are secondary to a parasitic infection. At the first sign of illness I treat my tank with 'Quick Cure' and add a little additional aquarium salt. The salt provides them things necessary for their immune system to fight it off. After that I do a 7 day course of melafix. It's natural and cures secondary bacterial infections and helps any damaged fins/scales to re-grow. Pimafix is also a secondary treatment for fungal infections. My fish have not tolerated it well but it has been highly recommended to me by many people and I keep some on hand. Hope this helps for the future.
Stephanie - 2012-01-28
I purchased two of these beautiful fish at PetSmart and they died within ten days. The girl in the fish department did not know anything
about them at all. I realize now that the water for my angel fish is too soft for these sharks.
Does anyone have suggestions about similar sharks thsat would stay smaller and go better in a soft water environment?

Josh - 2011-09-27
Do silver tip sharks NEED brackish or saltwater as they get older or is it possible for them to survive in fresh water their whole lives?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-27
    Silver Tip sharks are actually brackish water and in the Animal World Article Silver Tip tells you how to do that.
  • Katie - 2012-01-08
    Yes silvertip sharks do need brackish water as juveniles they can survive in freshwater but it is best to keep them in a brackish tank with a salt content of 1.005 and this should be increased gradually to 1.015 or above as adults this is for their long term health.