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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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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
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.