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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 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.
I have 2 silver tips and really like them. They do sometimes get agressive with each other but have never seen them get after any others in the tank. Didn't know they want the brackish water after maturing. I also have a Bala and 2 ghost cats, 1 african frog, 1 rosey tetra., all are thriving and have been for awhile. All have different ways about them.
My silver tip does vertical laps around my thermometer that stands in a corner. It's strange, but fun to watch.
I just purchased one of these fish today at Petco and it is about 4 inches. After reading these prior comments I am a little shocked to have had the woman at Petco tell me these would be OK with guppies and other community fish. I guess I will have to start counting the guppies and see if any start to go missing!
Our sharks our on the top too, back and forth all over the place!
These fish are cool, and have more of a shark body than Bala Sharks. They should never be paired with mollies, danios, tetras, pretty much anything that stays under 5 inches (community fish). Their size is usually advertised wrong as they can grow to be 24 inches (2 feet). As stated below, they do have to be changed to brackish water once they are mature, even Marine water if one wanted too. I work at a pet store and try to warn people about their size and that they should only be with same size tank mates. I have one in my African Cichlid tank, brackish setting, with two giant lava rocks, and knocked over Rome Pillars, it loves it. The cichlids do not bother it, possibly because it is like their vacuum cleaner. XD.
I love my fish. (^_^)
Hello There, I just purchased a Silver Tipped Shark (Catfish). He started on the bottom as I expected he would, but now he seems to be swimming at the top of the tank upside down. And he seems to be getting slower and slower. Can anyone tell me if they have seen anything like that or know what causes it? What can I do with him now?
I got a 4 inch silver tipped shark and about 6 guppies. Every night at least 1 of the guppies goes missing. I really like the Shark, he is fun to watch, but I'm scared to put anything else in the tank with him other than my plecastamous and cory catfish.
I have 2 baby silver tipped sharks in a tank with a redtail shark and they get along perfectly. They are really fun to watch them swim and eat they are about 1" and a 1/2 inch redtail shark