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Michael Phillips - 2006-12-21
I have kept Bamboo Cat Sharks without trouble with White Tip Reef sharks. My tank is 6,700 litres (17.5 foot by 4 foot by 5 foot) or 5.1 metres by 1.25 x 1.1 metres.

The two White tips and two cat sharks went well together.

If anyone thinks they are upset, please visit.
They eat out my hand, appreciate visitors and enjoy games of interaction. Following cloths, chasing bait fish and wrestling with octopus legs.

They are fed three times per week.
If they get gators a little iodine on their squid or cuttlefish helps.


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  • chrissy - 2013-09-21
    hey micheal i have a beautiful bamboo shark called bambi. lately she is swimming upside down and lauing and quivering in same position, sometimes she is upright and ok. She is eating well raw prawn every day bout 3 small pieces off a skewer. love her very much worried please email me back would appreciate some insight to what may be wrong thx Chrissy
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mike kazma - 2008-08-13
I just got a California stingray. It is the greatest animal I have ever kept. I found it was a good idea to get a couple of snails that bury in the sand. These help to stop unwanted bacteria from growing in the sand and they eat any food waste that would deteriate the water quality. One thing, I cannot find good info about other fish that can be kept with her. I would be interested if anyone has any info on this subject.

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  • Sbmarvin - 2013-09-15
    There is a lot of controversy over tank mates. My stingray was the last one added to my tank. But I haven't had any problems. I have a 750 gallon with a skimz 352 protein skimmer, an in line uv filter (controls parasites) refugium and sump that holds almost all my equipment along with some algae. Inside my tank I have some coral and Acropora s. Tank mates includeva school of cromis, maxima clams, 2 solon fairy wrasses, orange shoulder tang, drumfish, 4 urchins, and an Australian Harlequin tusk fish. Many people have said that the round rays leave almost anything prior to their addition alone including shrimps but small additions after them they tend to think is food. Mine is very docile. Fyi I also have a sea grass bed and my ray loves it. Also have multiple marine plants that keep my nitrates way down and increase oxygen levels in tank. Tanks been running for 2 1/2 years, have had the ray for 7 months. So keep peaceful fish and add the ray last for best results.
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Dave - 2011-12-30
I have a saltwater aquarium measuring 14ft x 7ft x 7ft. I calculate that it is 4,741 gallons. I want it to be a shark tank (right now it only has a few small reef fish to break it in) and I a planning on adding 1 blacktip reef shark, 1 whitetip reef shark, and 3 whitespotted bamboo sharks (these are definite). I can't decide if i want to add epaulette or port jackson sharks. Anyway, could a Zebra or nurse shark also live in this system? And what shark combinations do you guys think would work? thanks.

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  • Paul Poeschl - 2013-06-14
    The black tip and white tip need a much bigger system, I would recommend a figurem8 shaped pond/tank of at least 10000 gallons
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bamboo shark - 2013-04-01
can i put a juviniel bamboo shark in a 125 gallon tank tell i get money and get a 200 gallon

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-01
    Yes you can but not too long!
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Aaron - 2009-02-27
Hello, I am a professional aquarist at a large public aquarium. These rays usually get too big and need more space than a typical home aquarium can provide. They also tend to do well in the beginning of there stay in home aquariums but usually die an untimely death. They will breed in capitivity if they have enough space and we supply local wholesalers and other public aquariums with the T. lymma that breed here.

There are ways to take pressure off the animals that are popular in the aquarium trade. Only buy animals that are hardy and will have enough space in your aquarium. Just because a fish store is selling it doesnt mean it is a good choice for anyones aquarium. DO YOUR HOMEWORK and be a conscientious aquarium hobbyist.

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tom roberts - 2007-03-28
i love my blue spot! its my second one, the first one i had was in my tank about 5 months and it died. im sure it was my fault though. i added some medicine to my tank to take care of a 20.00 yellow tang and ended up killing 4 of my fish! including the yellow tang. so i bought another blue spot stingray and have had it for a year now. he is doing great. what a funny fish, he eats right out of our hand. he never messes with any of the other fish. he is about 10 inches round now and about 16 or 17 inches total length. i have a 180 gallon tank so there is plenty of room for him to swim around and enjoy himself {or her} not really sure what it is. i havent been able to keep any other rays in my tank, they dont seem to live more then a few days. but at least this one is doing great. well good luck to anybody else that is gonna get one.
Tom

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  • Keith - 2012-01-04
    I just got a blue spotted sting ray but he refused to eat. I have soaked the silver slider with garlic, he took it underneath him and a few minutes later, he push it away... Any suggestion on feeding him? Thanks
  • harry - 2012-09-05
    Try squid tentacles from local fish store . cut them small enough for the ray to get usede to it.  I have found the tentacles irressitable to rays. good luck . odds are against keeping any rays for any length of time.
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Brent - 2009-07-17
Chris your concern is noted but as a responsible aquarist and a Green Party of Canada candidate all aspects of the ecology of the ocean must be taken into account. I myself am a vegetarian as commercial fishing is what accounts for 90% of the fish deaths that occur in the ocean. The populations are dwindling because people continue to drive cars and acidify the ocean as well as place dangerous chemicals into it. The marine hobby does have an impact of course but by all estimates and calculations if 1% of the bi catch from commercial trawling was to be put into the marine aquarium trade it would be a world wide over saturation very quickly and prices would plummet very quick. Those fish are left on the decks of those comercial fishing boats where they are allowed to suffocate to death before being sorted and then thrown back in the ocean. Yes cyanide and dynamite was used in the ocean a lot in the past but laws attempt to prevent this now and it is much much less common. If we are really to take care of our oceans we must stop commercial trawling and drag nets and use methods that only catch what we want as a food source. Also reduce or eliminate the burning of fossil fuels which is causing acidification of the ocean and destroying the base of the entire food chain on the planet such as phyto-plankton. The oceans stability is the planets stability and the planets survival!

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Ryan - 2008-04-11
As far as sharks go, this is one of the best suited for captivity. It stays really small, 42 inches in the wild but in the aquarium it is much smaller, around 20 inches though this is highly dependent on the amount of feedings you give them. They can be kept succesfully in a 55 gallon aquarium but a 75 would be much better. If you want to grow him out bigger though you will need at least a 125 gallon. One other thing is that the babies are nocturnal and if you have a heavily decorated aquarium you run a rather high risk of your shark getting caught and drowning. The best way around this is to add decorations a little at a time and slowly get the shark used to bright lighting.

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  • Troy - 2013-01-22
    I have a baby bannded cat shark right now in my 75, he's about a year old now and just over a foot long. He moves around great in there but is getting aggressive now here's what I was thinking. Instead of upgrading now which I can't afford to do at the time, is to trade him in for a baby marble. But what I want to clarify is that this guy (the marble) will only grow half the size of the bannded I have is this true? I have been looking around and I'm finding that most sites say that marbles become the same size maybe just a few inches shorter then that of its cousin the bannded. If this is so a marble would be a lot happier in there then the baby bannded.
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Liam - 2012-07-30
How do I get salt water? And do I need a special kind of filter for it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-08-01
    You normally mix your own salt water using aquarium salt and a hydrometter to measure the salinity.  Filter depend on size of tank and what you are doing.  A wet/dry system is the norm.
  • person - 2012-11-12
    Exactly how much salt (1,2,3 cups?) do they need, and can u feed them dead/cooked shimp?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-12
    The bag will tell you how much to add.  Make sure to get a salinity meter to assure you have and maintain the right salinity.  You can feed uncooked shrimp.
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elsie - 2011-01-30
How can you tell the sex of a bamboo cat shark?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-11-10
    It's really easy. If the shark has claspers (two penis like structures by the anal fin) it is a male. If the claspers are not present you have a female.
  • elizabeth cox - 2012-10-08
    Are the claspers really noticable right at birth or does it take a couple of months?  My little one won't stay still long enough for me to peek when it's swimming and I don't want to freak it out by holding it still to look
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