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Valerie Blackland - 2008-11-12
Great whites and other sharks have received a deeply unfair rep. from tourists and citizens, and it is time this stopped. Parents tell their children to beware for sharks as they are killers, but is this true? A lot of research has been put into this, and some experts believe that, to the shark's eye, we humans appear to be seals or other prey, so who can blame them for hunting as they would naturally? After all, we live on land, and they live in the sea. We are the ones invading their territory when we enter the ocean, and, as the dangers have been clearly explained to us, I see no reason why it is the shark's fault that they prey on humans who have entered the ocean of their own free will. Sharks are actually adaptable, intelligent and fascinating, and it is only the sight of those teeth that scares us! When was the last time you saw a picture of a shark in a tank with fish, minding it's own business? Of course not! Those circulating are of shark bites, and sharks swimming menacingly towards divers. I mean, just look at JAWS! Realistic? I think not, and it is this kind of bias that will eventually bring sharks and other such predators to extinction!

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Madi - 2008-10-28
Sharks rock.

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Robert - 2008-09-16
I purchased a banded cat shark egg from my LFS and about a little over 3 months it finally hatched. Now "JAWS" is a month old and 7 inches long from head to tail and loves to cruise the tank at night and just hangs out during the day unless she is feeding. I recommend these sharks to anyone that can afford a large tank to house them in (175 or larger). The bigger the tank the more comfortable the shark will feel and the more comfortable any other tank mates will feel. I hand feed her Ghost Shrimp soaked in Vitality vitamin liquid and Frozen Shark Formula. This is the best fish I have ever owned. Ever since I was little I wanted a pet shark, but always do your research before you buy any fish. It will help you in the long run to avoid any problems.

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Leanna - 2008-06-16
Hey, I'm trying to get my mom to let me get a brown banded catshark. So I wonder if you go to a petshop and ask the person that owns it if he/she could somehow order one, instead of it being shifted to me. Cause I wouldn't wanna take a risk of it being brought to me, cause something might happen!

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joe - 2008-05-12
I just bought a bamboo shark egg Saturday and it hatched the next day. I was so surprised, unfortunately I wasn't supposed to get a bigger tank for a couple weeks because I wasn't expecting him to hatch that quick. So now I have to go get a new tank, but I'm not really complaining about it! I think I'm gonna get a 150 gallon tank.

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  • ken - 2010-04-23
    I wouldn't rush right out and buy the bigger tank you have time for it to grow.
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Quinn.f - 2008-03-05
the shark on the Liveaquaria site listed $ 69.99 are actually Marbled Bamboo Cat Shark
(Chiloscyllium plagiosum) aka whitespotted bamboo

not Atelomycterus macleayi

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Kenneth - 2007-12-23
The species of Heterodontus that require cool water (below 70F) are the Australian species. The Horned (H.francisci) is native to Southern Califonia & Mexico - generally lives in waters from 64-80F. So it actually can do pretty well in most home Aquaria.

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ken - 2007-12-11
The statement about a federal permit for Nurse sharks is incorrect. There is no such permit or regulation currently on the books. This species is a very hearty shark which has been protected from over harvest in Florida by strict commercial laws limiting collection and in the total fishery by seasonal closures.

It is not illegal, BUT, you must make sure that you are buying from a supplier who has legally obtained the shark from a Federal Seafood Wholesaler. We are shark collectors and know the laws, both state and federal. Enjoy this species, but, please, be responsible.

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pat - 2007-11-15
I bought the egg and "Shamu" hatched Christmas Eve, 2006. She is doing very well (9" from snout to tail) & my water parameters are very good. She adores eating live ghost shrimp (once a week) and defrosted silversides. She lives with a white ribbon eel, an engineer goby, a clarki clown, a blue chromis, a blue velvet damsel, a percula clown, a pencil urchin and a coral banded shrimp. She sleeps all day, & cruises all night. Temp is currently at 72.5 degrees, specific gravity at .23, pH at 8.2. I have crushed coral substrate and multiple live rock with a wet/dry filter & protein skimmer. I will be adding a refugium shortly, because I would like to add soft corals to my live rock

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Cole McIntyre - 2007-11-10
Lovely fish, just great for the saltwater home aquarium. I saw some on Liveaquaria.com, they sell this shark species for $69.99. Also, its been specially (tank) bred in the U.S.A. Just search for sharks in the Marine section.

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