Maybe you ended up here because you’ve been watching too much Shark
Week—or perhaps you’re an aquarium owner thinking about diversifying
your fish tank. In either case, here’s everything you need to know
about shark ownership.
The Bigger, the Better
(When it comes to tanks, that is.) If you are looking to add a shark to
your commercial or residential aquarium, be advised that just because
a shark will fit in your tank doesn’t mean they will have enough
space to live and thrive. One of the quickest ways to kill a shark is
by putting it in a tank that doesn’t allow it to move about freely
without bumping up against glass and other tank fixtures.
Sharks also tend to be more aggressive than other fish, which makes additional
space even more important, as a cramped space can cause them to become
agitated and more likely to bite or harm other fish.
Freshwater vs. Saltwater Sharks
If you’re considering buying a shark, you may be imagining a much
larger species of shark than is realistic for a residential or commercial
tank. However, it is true that the possibilities available to you in terms
of weight, size, and species of shark broaden with the size of your aquarium.
While you may not be able to purchase or keep a large saltwater shark,
such as a Tiger shark or Hammerhead, smaller species may be viable options.
One of the best saltwater sharks to keep in a residential or commercial
aquarium is the Wobbegong. If you go for one of these, ensure you get
a smaller species, such as the Floral Banded Wobbegong—otherwise,
you may become the unwitting owner of a 10-foot shark! Other smaller saltwater
sharks, such as Epaulettes (which tend to prefer smaller spaces) may also
Freshwater sharks are quite different from their saltwater counterparts.
They tend to be much smaller, although you will still need a fairly large
tank (minimum of at least 50-60 gallons) in order to give them enough
space to live and grow into their new home. (Again, the smaller the tank,
the more likely your shark is to behave aggressively toward your other
fish.) The majority are omnivorous and they do not typically feed on other
fish or animals. Some of the best freshwater sharks include Siamese sharks,
Red Tail sharks, and Mekong Giant Catfish.
First-Time Shark Owners Beware
If you think caring for a shark will be just like caring for a larger fish,
think again. Sharks tend to require much more maintenance, specialized
care, and particular diet requirements, not to mention much more space.
Whether you are considering freshwater or saltwater sharks, your friends at
Living Art Aquatic Design Inc. are here to help you make it happen. We can help you turn your idea into
a work of art by doing everything from the design to the installation,
as well as any subsequent maintenance you may need.
Call (310) 626-1448 to consult with a member of our team and get started today.