Quick questionaire to find out if you too can become a shark keepr in your own home;
1) Do you have 2 spare rooms in your house, one being +30ft x 20ft
2) Are you in a job where your annual salary exceeds £250,000 pa. If answered no then proceed to the final question.
3) Do you work 2-3 days a week and therefore have a lot of spare time. If answer is yes proceed to Q.5, if no then proceed to Q.4
4) Does your Income allow you to hire out a staff member for 30+ hours a week for tank upkeep.
5) Is your spouse/gf,bf/other willing to take 30+ hours out of their daily life to help in maintenance.
6) Are you in good health, shark keeping is strenuous work and sharks can live for decades, so decades of effort and work will be required.
7) Are you comfortable in shark infested waters? Cause being 30x20 your siphon aint gona reach the middle by itself.
8) If you have neither of the above resources then it is assumed you invest heavily in the lottery and are on the verge of scooping the jackpot?#
If you answered no to any of these questions then in reality a massive project like this isn't really feasable.
I wrote this up for a bit of fun, but on the serious side this is what is going to be required. Teri Henry the famous Frenchman who played football (soccer for the americans) for Arsenal just invested in a such set up, 250K was his input and the running costs are £1000's monthly.
Only the mega wealthy can really do such a set up, sharks can rome 10's of miles on a daily basis, so even a 30x20 tank which is massive to us, is a jail cell for these magnificent creatures. Sorry to pee on your fire a little bit but you really gotta look at the reality of it.
My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
Unless you are building a house around the tank and recently won the Power Ball then this project is doomed.
My guess is that the new member (3 posts) that comes to AC and says "I am building a massive shark tank" is a bit of a fraud anyways.
Hmm... either you:
A) Are a regular person who hasn't thought this all the way through, especially the costs and maintenance that will be required... in which case hopefully you take ScottishFish's advice to heart,
B) Are fabulously wealthy, in which case don't you think it would be a good idea to hire a professional with experience in building and maintaining aquariums in the 10,000g+ range? I mean, the folks here know a lot about fish and about aquariums, but the tank you're proposing is probably bigger than the combined volumes of every fish tank owned by everyone who has posted in this thread combined (not including outdoor ponds),
C) Are pulling our legs.
Last edited by Brhino; 04-30-2012 at 08:39 PM.
300 gallon mega tank
: build in progress
75 gallon community tank
: tetras, danios, corys, platies, otos, pearl gouramis, bristlenose pleco, assassin snails, red cherry shrimp, bamboo shrimp
70 gallon growout tank: clown loaches, sailfin pleco
60 gallon goldfish tank: fancy goldfish
29 gallon frog tank
: 1 bullfrog
10 gallon and 5.5 gallon betta tanks: 1 male betta each, sometimes snails
@ae86drifter Firstly, Wow this is an amazing project if you can actually pull it off. I have done quite a bit of research into shark keeping and quite honestly many of the articles put me off the idea completely. The novelty of having a huge shark in your house will probably wear off once you realise how much time goes into keeping them happy. However if you are perhaps a Marine Biologist that wants to study the shark, I don't see why you wouldn't just work in a Public Aquarium.
Secondly, there is the ethical argument. I have seen a lot of debates on whether or not it is ethical to confine a large predator to a small room for its whole life, especially with no interaction with other sharks.
IMO if I had that cash to spend I would rather have the most amazing reef with loads of beautiful fish, rays, inverts and maybe smaller, easier to care for sharks. If its the size of the shark that intrigues you then why not consider some of the larger fish species? A huge reef tank would be much more fun to dive in, while cleaning, than a shark tank :)
Either way I am interested to see which route you take, keep us posted.
I was doing more researchon the tank and another question popped up would a Sand Shark do well with the black tip? Thank you for all your comments.
I think you will be disappointed in your investment if you stock sharks, the end result may not be worth the hassle.
My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .
Originally Posted by EnvironmentalBro
i agree with allllll of this. instead of a shark tank if you have that large of a budget, you could have an EXTREMELY impressive tank of any other type. be it a massive cichlid tank that resembles part of lake malawi itself or a huge marine tank. if only i had a massive budget.... and more room.