Animal Stories - Silver-tipped Shark
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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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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:(
I would recommend not starting them in brackish water. Start them in freshwater only. As they become juveniles they may like brackish water, but as adults they will make their way back to freshwater.
I have bought a number of these fish and can't seem to keep them alive. I have a 120 gallon aquarium and it is already set up as a brackish water tank. I have perfect PH and ammonia levels. I only have 2 small oscars and 2 small plecos in there. When I get these, they last about a day and then die. It's as if they die from exhaustion cause they never stop swimming crazy. Anyone have any ideas I would appreciate it, cause I really love the look of this fish.
I always loved these fish, the way they "patrol" the tank (55 gal) they look like sharks...howver, all mine have developed this white mold looking stuff on them and died.
I've had my 3 sliver tipped sharks in a 20gl tank for the last year along with a few smaller fish with no issues. I moved everyone into a 60gl tank and now the 3 sharks are eating their tankmates. They seem thrilled with the larger tank and look amazing. I feel bad they were trapped in the smaller tank for so long. They need the space to swim and grow. Does anyone know how to male from female?
I just got a silver tip shark. I have a 20 gal. tank with one tiger barb, one cat fish, and a black and orange tip shark. How long can I keep the silver tip in this tank, and will it stop growing if I put it in a 50 gallon for its permanent home