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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 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
I just got 1, well 2, but like yeah I read some of your other comments and they sound like a really cool fish. And yeah but I wonder if they'll get along with my turtle. My friend said just don't feed them live fish, but I'll try it anyway.
I have had my silver tipped shark for almost a year. I was cleaning the tank yesterday and he bit me! There was a deep, half circle bite in my index finger. He just runs up and down one side of the tank. I think he is chasing his refection, but it's fun to watch. I am getting "Chum" a friend so he isn't so aggressive.
We have a Silvertip Shark Catfish as well and he is wild and crazy. I think I need to get him a friend, cause he's so active. We thought he was strange when we first got him but realized that's just how they are. He moves crazy in our tank, everyone that comes over says (what's wrong with your fish!) lol
My silver tipped shark doesn't seem aggressive at all... But after having a baby algae eater, and two mickey mouse platys dissappear in the middle of the night without a trace left behind... I figured I better buy bigger fish because he just happens to think they're food. And my shark is about 6 inches long.
I have 2 sliver tipped sharks and 3 angle fish, 2 ghost glass cat fish, and 2 silver dollors. in a 55 gallon tank. They seem to get along fine. The sharks seem to like the corner of the tank with the heater, and swim up and down the side. They both are about 5in. long, and I got them about six months ago as babies. I was just reading comments posted looking for different foods they may like to eat, mainly now all they like to eat is pellets and frozen bloodworms. Does anyone have any other ideas? I would perfer to stay away from feeding them live foods.
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For My Fish I Looked Up Ways On How To Make Your Own Fish Food And Its Pretty Interesting . The Ingredients Were Like Any And All Types Of Fruits An Veggies And Then Blended Up Shrimp And Crab (With Shells Still On).But Stay Away From Oily Fish. With Some Unflavored Gelatin (boiled). A Few Other Things. Then You Blend Everything Real Finely Into Like A Mud Type Paste Then Put It In Like A Rectangular Pan And Freeze It And You Can Cut It Into Squares Or Just Break Pieces Off. I Did The Squares. I Just Throw the Whole Square In The Tank. Honestly I Haven't Seen Silver Tip Eat Any Because He's Always Swimming At The Top With My Bala's And My Pangassius Catfish. But My Swordtails And Platys Like It. =D
I had a silver tip for over 10 yrs. He was awesome. Got to be about 14" in a 100 gal tank. I had him in with both African and South American cichlids. I had no problems. I will add, they all were brought up in the same tank from day one. Today, I purchased 2 for another tank. Hoping to have the same success as the last one. Some tips, you need salt in your freshwater tank (absolute must). Keep them fed, try to maintain same size fish, clean your tank (they all loved this, you could tell they liked a clean tank), and dont give them "feeder fish", it makes/keeps them aggressive. Just vary their diet with proper food (maybe get 2 types of food) and (an occasional treat of shrimp pellets). They're fun, great looking, and can live for quite awhile. Good luck.
I had 1 shark in my tank and he kept doing laps around the top of the tank. When I added 2 more he stopped and now they just play all day and night.