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.
Latest Animal Stories
george whiting - 2011-01-11
How much for a bamboo shark? :)

Click For Replies (2)
  • jose - 2011-05-09
    I paid $90.00 for mine. I don't know if it is ok. Just to let you know.
  • Klaus Sorensen - 2012-04-25
    I paid $50 for my egg and I'm buying an already hatched one for another $50
Reply
Alfie - 2011-03-15
I love these sharks I'm going to get a marbled bamboo cat shark when I get my 1000+ liter 10ft x 2ft x 2ft tank in a couple of months can't wait.

Reply
Rachel - 2011-02-22
Our son just got his first Bamboo Shark yesterday. 10"....Really excited for him and this adventure....We were wondering about the dangers (if any) of having a large Sea Anemone in the tank as well. Anyone know?

Reply
samantha - 2010-12-13
I've had a banded cat shark for about 4 to 5 months now and he just all of the sudden stopped eating he won't eat the food he normally eats (frozen krill) so I thought changing the food might help I tried shrimp won't eat that tried guppies he won't eat that and on top of everything he went from black to brown in over 24 hours can someone please explain to me why this is happening to my baby?

Reply
Sheldon Porter - 2007-03-11
My first baby bamboo shark hatched 2 months after getting him. He loves squid and any tidbits I put in for him.
I've now got a second shark and he's due to hatch soon.
If you use an ozonizer be careful as I read that they have attributed to many deaths of sharks in aquariums! Keep it on low or on occasionally to clean the water.
Sheldon from Manchester.

Click For Replies (2)
  • joe - 2010-10-03
    Hey I've been wanting to get a bamboo shark for a while but I only have a 90 gallon tank would that be big enough or what because I can't afford a new tank and I really want a shark I love fish.
  • angel - 2010-12-13
    How do you know when it's going to hatch?
Reply
derek - 2010-11-17
Well I have now had my bamboo shark for 6 weeks. He seemed slow at first but now he just love's to swim at night. He acts like I never feed him but feed him every other night. I plan on getting another one to breed them in my new 400 gallon, but will be moved to my 5000 as soon as it and the house gets done next year. I can't wait!

Reply
justin time - 2008-02-18
These sharks rock - they're like mini nurse sharks :)

Click For Replies (1)
  • joe - 2010-10-03
    Hey I've been wanting to get a bamboo shark for a while but all I have is a 90 gallon tank and I don't have the money to buy a bigger tank do you have any tips?
Reply
David Jones - 2009-12-05
Chiloscylliums need to be feed once to twice WEEKLY, not daily. This is covered in publications such as Scott Michael's "Aquarium Sharks and Rays" as well as many online resources. Keeping one in a tank as small as a 150 would be very inhumane, considering this shark is capable of getting large enough that it couldn't even lay straight by the end of it's 20+ year natural lifespan. Using goldfish as feeders will ultimately cause a very malnourished shark with an incredibly short lifespan, and it does NOT do well with mixed communities of fish... these sedentary sharks tend to fall prey to many agile fish (angels and tangs will peck their eyes)

Click For Replies (1)
  • chris - 2010-09-02
    Thanks for the info, I am recently looking into buying a bamboo shark and your information is and was very helpful.
Reply
rob fusco - 2009-01-30
Well, I just bought an bamboo shark egg about two days ago. I am waiting for it to hatch. I presently have a 90 gallon tank with about 60 lbs of rock and a few corals, but in about a week I am getting a 265 gallon reef ready setup from a friend who lost intrest in it. I plan on having the tank built into a fake wall in my basement that is being finished off. This will be my first shark so hopefully things go well for me. He/she will be living with a blonde naso tang, a cole tang, powder blue tang, a yellow tang, and a scribbled rabbit. Wish me luck and possible other sharks to come in the future. My 90 gallon will remain in my master bedroom.

Click For Replies (1)
  • Jon - 2010-08-10
    I am a master in the shark field and study them in very large tanks. I would not recommend you keep sharks with other fish. Sharks can be very aggressive towards other fish. Be very cautious of your fish tank and I hope everything gets along well.
Reply
chris - 2009-01-11
Mine hatched about 3 weeks ago, I haven't seen him eat anything yet. I've offered him squid, krill, mysis, live ghost shrimp, he won't eat anything. Any tips??????

Click For Replies (2)
  • cameron - 2010-07-04
    Yea mate, cut up some frozen prawns into bite size pieces for it! Make sure the prawn isn't solid and isn't completely thawed out! Try place it in front of the sharks mouth and leave it for about 10 minutes! If it doesn't eat it take the prawn out.
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-04
    use a feeder stick
Reply