- Diet: Flake, Frozen, Freeze-dried
- Maximum size: 14"
- Water temperature: 72-82° F
- Swimming level: Bottom
- Experience level: Advanced
- Tank Setup: 40+ gallons
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Despite their name and its connotations, sharks are extremely peaceful (except for red-tailed sharks) and live best in a community aquarium with fish of the same disposition. In fact, they are not really sharks and actually belong to the minnow family. It is their upright dorsal fin that gives them a shark-like appearance.
While most fish tend to stay at a certain level of the aquarium, you will see your shark swimming at the bottom, middle and top of your tank. They are omnivores, which means they eat both plant and animal matter, including prepared foods, small live foods and certain vegetables. Sharks are active swimmers and need a large tank that is long rather than tall. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.
Sharks will eat a wide variety of flake, frozen and freeze-dried foods as well as small, live foods, including tubifex worms, daphnia, mosquito larvae, bloodworms and brine shrimp.
To boost your sharks' overall health, supplement their diet with vegetable matter, such as fresh, sliced zucchini, romaine lettuce as well as canned or frozen peas.
Sharks are active swimmers and need a large tank that is long rather than tall. A good rule of thumb is one gallon of water for every one inch of full-grown fish.
Decorate their tank with plastic plants (they'll destroy live plants), but be sure to place them on the sides and back of the aquarium so they'll have enough space to swim in the center.
Sharks can share their aquarium with fish of the same size and temperament.
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