Animal Stories - Bamboo Shark


Animal-World Information about: Bamboo Shark

  The Bamboo Shark is also called the Brown-spotted Cat Shark or Brown-banded Catshark. Juveniles like the one pictured here have the bands and occasionlly spots. The adult Bamboo Shark are often plain gray or brownish in color.
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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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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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jose - 2011-05-09
Need help feeding my new shark as 3 days that don't wan't to eat. Any advice!!! What can I do? Thank you.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-10
    Feed all kinds of large meaty foods like small pieces of fish, squid, shrimp, and live goldfish. Best to feed small amounts several times a day.

  • Jade Thompson - 2011-05-12
    Get long pair of hemostats and get feeder guppies, pinch on tail. Let the feeder fish flutter right underneath sharks mouth. It took me 3 days to get mine going but I worked with it 3 or 4 times a day. Keep trying, don't give up. It will live up to 2 weeks off of its fat built up off of the egg, but needs to eat.
  • jose - 2011-05-13
    Thanks Jade, apreciate the feedback. Today is my fifth day of trying and still no result. Already tryed silversides, goldfish and drops of garlic xtrime. First thing tomorrow get some guppies!!!
  • bill - 2011-05-21
    Yes, it is hard but what would be even more difficult would be to lose your investment. I just lost one of mine by failing to change filters. Take extra time and effort. You will have fun with results.
  • jose - 2011-05-21
    That's correct Bill, thanks for the comment. Two days ago the shark is finally eating but very small amount of food, so far so good!!!
  • elizabeth cox - 2012-10-02
    Looking for answer to above question , how to get my baby bamboo shark to eat
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Rusty - 2008-12-10
we got a shark egg about a month ago. It finally hatched. He mainly hangs out under the rocks during the day but I noticed he does not like the emerald crab crawling through his space. He looks really cool walking on his fins. We named him SKULL SAC!

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  • jerome - 2010-07-06
    Hey man where you get you bamboo shark can you help me find or get one and how much are they?
  • trent101 - 2010-08-08
    How can I got a bamboo shark?
  • Mr. Apple - 2012-09-05
    Hi, contact me I can help get you Bamboo Sharks. You can respond to the email attached or to middlemaninc@yahoo.com
  • harry friedman - 2012-09-13
    Looking for a zebra horned shark or a hassel'ts shark. can you help me find one. I have an appaulette, marbled cat, banded cat and shovel nose all doing great..
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jason - 2011-10-09
Just wondering were am I able to purchase one of these beautiful fish as I live in Australia?

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gerald felipe - 2008-03-16
I've had a shark egg for 6 weeks and it did not hatch yet. I wonder if it is going to hatch.

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  • Maddy - 2012-04-15
    It ussally takes about 3 to 4 monthes till it hatches
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Stephen Troester - 2011-08-10
Hey, I got a bamboo shark and today when I did a water change it started acting strange swimming in loops and I have to sit by the tank because it lands on its back. I'm hoping it's just something that will go away cus Bruce was just fine till I did the water change.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    Usually something like that is because of stress or the conditions of the tank. Check the water, temperature PH etc and make sure all is OK. Attached is Animal World Article which summarizes various diseases but also behavior things. Scroll down and look up symptoms and recommended treatment is there. OK?
  • Anonymous - 2011-08-14
    Well sad to say it died and my blue tang died and a camel shrimp died as well it was because I got a fish that was ill and had tb and fin rott and ich and I went by the instructions on the bottle and on the second day of treatment is when all hell broke out it was that nox ich treatment but my cc seastar, clown fish, damsel, snowflake eel, big camel shrimp, hermit crabs, sally light foot, all seem to be doing well. I'm just glad I didn't lose all my fish. P.s. if you get a fish that has a sunk in stomach and won't compete for food get it out it has tb which can wipe out an aquarium in days.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-17
    Did you have an ammonia spike?
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-17
    Most meds kill sharks
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jose - 2011-05-22
I`m very happy, today the shark is eating better!!! 2 weeks trying but finally the results are very pleasant. Thanks for the tips and advice.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-22
    Good going - lots of people know the answers to your questions. I am glad that fella could help you. Interesting answer - never would have thought of it. Great
  • Lionel Kakeh\r\n - 2011-07-18
    Fine, I noticed your site in digg and these posts really attracted me ~
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mike anderson - 2011-02-25
I have a bamboo shark now for about a year it's almost 20 inches it's in my custom tanks I made just for it and I love theses shark getting a male soon to breed with my big female.

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C.M.T. :-p - 2008-02-03
I currently have a baby bamboo shark. I haven't had it for much time, but this I know, they have an excellent sense of smell. I mean as soon as I drop the food in the tank, he knows. But I am trying to find him an owner because I can't keep him.

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  • Karl - 2012-06-10
    That is a shame that you have to rehome this shark. I have 7 of these as I rescue them and they are housed in trios in 10000 gallon ponds. If you struggle to find a home for it you can use me as a back up. Please email me if you have any questions or need some help with it. Kind regards Karl.
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