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04-19-2012, 10:22 AM #1
Future Shark Tank
I am planning a shark tank it we will be 10 feet deep 20 feet long and 12 feet wide I want a black tip but I want to know some sharks I can mix with it along with rays and fish please help
04-19-2012, 10:25 AM #2
Welcome to the forum, perhaps post in the saltwater forum for better help?My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
04-19-2012, 11:49 AM #3
04-19-2012, 12:33 PM #4
I've seen nurse sharks kept with black tips. also tarpon might work for another large tankmate.
best of luck with your build, would love to see you document it.
04-19-2012, 10:49 PM #5
Sounds small for even one much less two sharks (Blacktips get to be five feet and their range average 0.21 sq mi). In rather larger tanks like the National Aquarium, many different species are housed together. I assume you will have the vast pumping and filter system to deal with the high water turn over rate to deal with the waste products and these creatures need for oxygen - thought they had to swim to breath. Hope you live were it is always warm since these sharks require rather warm water. This will be one very expense tank project.
04-19-2012, 11:00 PM #6
I sincerely doubt this is a genuine project.
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04-20-2012, 06:15 PM #7
If you are interested in a shark tank build I would highly recomend the book Aquarium Sharks & Rays: An Essential Guide to Their Selection, Keeping, and Natural History by Scott Michael
There are various species you will be able to house with a blacktip but they will all need to be very large.
I would suggest contacting a few of the high end aquarium stores/custom builders with your question. Even the zoo or state aquariums will be able to point you in the right direction.
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04-29-2012, 10:50 AM #8
0Originally Posted by Cermet
How much bigger should I get the tank? And I do know that when sharks out grow their tank its best for their health to relocate them.Ty
04-29-2012, 10:55 AM #9
0Originally Posted by 850R
Idk yet need to do more research on filtration systems. Ill let you know when I find the system I am getting.Ty
04-29-2012, 11:23 AM #10
Sorry, only now read your question.
As for size, your basic approach for the tank is valid but you need to reduce the tank height - width and length (within reason!) is everything. These sharks do like shallow water (again, within reason.) So, if you use that volume, increase the length/width and drop the height. This will, by the way, save you really big $$$ since wall height really increases strength requirements and this ups cost like no tomorrow.
Filtering is done by all major national shark keeping aquariums. Try calling one and ask to speak to the shark keeper - they may point you to their engineering company. That may or may not be helpful. Filtering will be everything and then, even more. Temperature (these are warm water fish!)and oxygen will be issues too. That is, warm water holds less oxygen so the shark will consume what little is available fast requiring constant and fast replacement! The ocean with waves and a bit more volume, just does not have this issue - pay close attention to this or the shark and your project is doomed.
At least these sharks do like shallow water and tolerate smaller areas. Still, I'd never keep two - in a confined space many types of sea going animals can become hyper aggressive (but that is guessing but still, two will really increase the bio-load.)
The only issue you MUST consider is $$$. Not only must you have enough up front to build the tank and filter, but large enough reserves that when you discover problems, you have money to throw at it - otherwise, you will end up with a rather large tank/filtering system for guppies ... .
Best of luck.
Last edited by Cermet; 04-29-2012 at 11:28 AM.