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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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Danielle recommended that fish should not be bought from Wal-Mart. I buy all my fish at Wal-Mart; mainly because they are the only ones that sell fish in my area. There is one pet store, but his fish are almost double the price. Even if the fish arnt the healthiest from Wal-Mart, they have a 90 day return policy, just keep your receipt and if the fish doesn't make it, take the body back. I've got 3 tiger barbs, 1 shark cat, 1 algae eater, 3 tetras, 2 African dwarf frogs, 3 mollies, a snail, and 4 small gold fish in a 30 gallon tank with 7 live plants and plenty of cover. All of them from Wal-Mart, only had problems with the mollies a week after I got them, took them back and got 3 new ones. I'm not saying Wal-Mart is the best place to shop, but when I asked the other pet store about their return policy, he laughed.
I have 2 Silver Tipped Sharks(Columbian Shark Catfish) and they are my favourite fish by far. They are housed in a 50G Tank with 5 bumble bee gobies, 2 Needlefish, 2 Silver Scats, 1 Mono Sabae, 1 Mono Argentus. I have a sandy substrate. And my specfic gravity is 1.12.(Sea Salt in the water) I've had my 2 sharks since they were babies and they grow quite fast. I started them in freshwater for 6 months then started to add sea salt in at every water change increasing very slowly. They love the brackish water. They became more and more active as the salt was increased. These fish can survive in freshwater but thrive in brackish. Its amazing how many fish out there do well in brackish. The needlefish became more vibrant in colour and active.(Be careful with orange scats and needlefish) Had 2 almost kill one of my needlefish.
I have had 2 silver tip sharks for 1.5yrs now. My favorite fish in the tank.
they are my "babys". They have are about 6.6in long now. They do eat fish that
fit in their big mouths. Although I have 2 small red tetra's that are hanging
in their with them. I put aquarium salt on water changes and they do just fine.
I feed them flake food, frozen brine shrimp also and redworms.
My silver tipped shark died last night...It was definitely my favorite. I'm scared to get another one though, because I have a regular water tank. I was never informed that they were brackish water fish. Do these fish even stand a chance in regular water? Mine only lived a month. It was very spunky up until the day before it died.
I have 4 gourami's, 3 black skirts, 2 bala sharks, and 2 silvertip's all in a 55 gallon and they ALL are very good together! I NEVER added a pinch of salt and they swim around fast & swiftly. I've been feeding all of them a mixed diet of flakes, pellets and mixed flavored blood worms. They all go crazy over the blood worms. They literally know when I'm feeding them. They watch me walk too the tank, lift up the hood and they start swimming crazy! 99% of the time I feed them only once a day, sometimes I'll give them a snack of flakes which they love also. Temperature wise, my water heater is set at 78 and all my levels are great. Very happy with this mix.
I have had my sharks for almost 6 months now. They've grown so much since I first brought them home. I do NOT put any salt in the water. For about a month they were not doing so well and wound up putting them in my 55 gallon which I had just set up and got the water nice and good by letting goldfish stay in there for about a week. I now have guppies in their old 5 gallon and they are doing well and even had babies. For those of you having problems keeping them alive I would have to wonder where you got them from. I got mine from Petco. I do not buy my fish from places like Wal-Mart because the fish are never healthy and die withing the first week of owning them and then they threaten the fish you do have. I would recomment doing a 1/3 water change if they are not moving or swimming a lot.
Actually, they are freshwater fish. I've had one for about 4 months now and it's my second favorite fish. He's good sized, about 4in, and loves to eat rosy red minnows. Although he is very territoral, he patrols one corner of the tank and goes after anything that goes there. I've never added salt or anything to my tank, really I'm afraid it'll hurt my needlefish if I do. If anyone has any info about that please let me know.
They are not freshwater fish and will not survive long in freshwater.
I love these fish. They are so much fun to watch. They like to hang out and lounge around at the bottom of the tank, but they also enjoy swimming around, especially vertically against the glass. They love it when the tank is freshly cleaned. When they look bored they will actually yawn! It's the funniest thing. Mine also don't mind being pet every so often.
I've had my for about 3 years now since they were little things, one is about 7 inches long the other is 9 inches, living in a 29 gallon tank with a pleco. These guys will eat smaller fish and will kill larger fish if they are not fed. They got along ell with Iridescents until I went on vacation and the person I asked to take care of the tank failed to feed them enough. These are very hardy fish. They've outlasted 4 plecos, rainbow sharks, mollies, cherry barbs and basically everything else I had at one time or another.
As far as food goes, I feed them a mixed diet of flakes, shrimp pellets, and algae pellets. These guys are like vacuums, and will literally suck up rocks and spit them out!
Love these fish! But I can't keep em alive either. There's nothing wrong with the pH or temp or anything. I had one that lasted about 3 weeks then died and just got a new one today, and he's already swimming funny:(