Animal Stories - Leopard Shark


Animal-World Information about: Leopard Shark

   Leopard Sharks are a beautifully marked shark that are very interesting to watch. They swim constantly and tirelessly. Their nose is much better than their eyes which is evidenced by the circling motions when they smell food but cannot see it.
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stalter - 2004-06-16
This shark is a good shark to keep although it needs a very large aquarium. At full size this shark needs 58-68F water as it will only live 2 years in warm water (ie. 80F)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    This guy doesn't just need a good size aquarium = he needs at least a 400 gallon aquarium just for himself. It is a large investment and undertaking for a novice.
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ken - 2009-07-09
i got 200 gallon tank is it ok for leopard shark

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  • bob - 2010-06-19
    Yes.
  • Jacob - 2011-09-29
    No, it would be iresponsible to put a shark in that, unless you plan to upsize to a pool size tank. I would advice you not to buy it and if were going to upsize wish you would wait. It would save you so much trouble and would allow the leopard shark which is beatiful and a good edition to the home aquarium to live long and healthy so my final answer is absolutely no not till you get a 400 plus gallon tank which would be at less the width of the full grown shark female not male and at least 3 times the length, have a good protein skimmer, a good filter (sump), monitor all the water paraments and keep them the lowest they can, and most importanly have a schedule like weekly or fortnightly water changes and add chemicals as required. Please please buy the largest and correct size that the pet shops and Internet has stated, and do all the research you can before you buy it. Too many buy them, not knowing what they're getting in to and be warned no one will take a 3 or even 2 foot shark even the large aquariums choose not to take them anymore which means you need to house them for there entire life. They are like your babies and you must be responsible when buying them.
  • Mike - 2011-09-30
    Diego Hey bro you can catch one easy fish off the jettys or in the bays with octopus or squid. You will need 30 lb test. Night time is best. Me and my daughter just caught three this week. They get like 6 feet long and 50lbs. For a while it will but I say more like 500 gal tank they need to swim all the time. good luck Diego
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casey - 2009-04-18
I was wondering where you would put a leopard shark?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    You would need a minimum of a 400 gallon tank. It is not easy to keep these and should not be done by the novice. Attached is the article.
  • Jacob - 2011-09-29
    Make sure you have done your research and have the correct setup. If you wish to buy them find an aquarium near your home and talk to them. Make sure you can house them in a tank for their entire live not a couple of years, the minimum is 400 gallon about 1200 liters.
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diego - 2008-05-27
Hey I was wondering where to buy a seawater fish tank, 150+ gallon, and where to buy a leopard shark.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    You need a 400 gallon aquarium (minimum size) to maintain just one of these creatures Too small an aqaurium or to high the temperature and they will just die. It isn't easy and a sizeable expenditure and time investement involved over a 25 year time frame. Please read up more before you make your decision. It could be a costly mistake.
  • Jacob - 2011-09-29
    Hi
    Sorry to back you Bach but 150 gallon tank is no were near appropriate to house it for life. At this stage you might say will it grows slow but this is a shark that needs to swim all the time and the tank would only house it for a year or two. If this has not changed your opinion just let you know that they are big polluters, which will cause a lot of problems, like weekly water changes which can harm or kill your fish. I'm not telling you not to buy it just think about to tell you not to, but think about the fish and the price to by a tank large enough to house it. In result of my experience and having keep this shark in a 10 by 10 and when it got full size I thought it was a little On the small size.
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andre - 2008-02-17
Guys they are now Illegal to keep and catch under 3 ft! They are cold water animals and really do need a chiller and lots of swimming room. Again they do not require a lot of gallons but think more of the footprint of the tank. Wide and long is always better. Also please never feed freshwater fish such as goldfish to a saltwater carnivore, instead buy frozen fresh sea food free of preservatives and chemicals and feed them fresh foods. Please research before buying and only buy if you intend to keep animal for full life term. Keep in mind the lifespan of these majestic and legendary beauties can be up to 25 years in captivity. Please be responsible owners and consider all these things before purchasing such a huge responsibility.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-11
    Thank you for posting that information. So many think it is easy and it is a major undertaing. It is also a large investme.nt and something that can not easily be done by a novice. I appreciate your comments and agree.
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SBANGLER - 2009-09-28
I live in Santa Barbara where we have lots of Leopards in the water. Water temps only hit around 70.f for at most a few weeks, if at all. These sharks would do much better with your tank set around 60.f. During the winter water temps are in the low 50's. That's not cool to "cook" the shark at 70f.

Thats like saying you will live comfortably in 100.f.

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stefan - 2003-08-24
That is one beautiful shark you have and a very nice aquarium. It must be be cool and it looks like he likes his aquarium and thank for putting it on the internet this will make my day beautiful.

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