Our Sharks for sale listings section is meant for expert aquarists only. Many of these sharks require a large shark tank. If you plan on keeping a shark in a home aquarium please read the posts below first. Know your local laws before purchasing a shark.
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Best Sharks For A Home Aquarium
There are only a couple species suitable for a home aquarium. Sharks for the most part do not do very well in captivity because they are not very adaptable to new environments. Even though there are smaller shark species that seem perfect for for a home aquarium the simple fact that they can not live in the environment of a home aquarium makes this an impossibility. The problem with a lot of shark species that can survive in captivity is that, well, they get HUGE.
So that narrows the field to a handful of sharks that would be possible for your home aquarium.The most reasonable species are Cat Sharks and Epaulette Sharks. These sharks grow relatively small ( 3 to 4 feet), and can survive in a large home aquarium. They are also less active and more of a bottom dweller making it easier to keep them in a smaller tank.
For someone new to sharks it would be suggested that they get a Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, Epaulette Shark, or a Coral Cat Shark. If you are new to salt water tanks it would be smart to get used to taking care of saltwater fish first because their is a lot to know in owning a saltwater tank, and sharks are one of, if not the hardest of fish to take care of.
Avoid the temptation of getting a baby shark that will outgrow your aquarium very quickly. This mistake is made all too often by your average person that visits the local fish store and takes home a baby Nurse Shark. these sharks will mature to a length of up to 14 feet! If you plan on buying a larger species of shark you must have an adequate shark tank set up.
This book on Sharks and Rays is a great starting point, and highly recommended for anyone considering owning one. Aquarium Sharks & Rays: An Essential Guide to Their Selection, Keeping, and Natural History
- If you’re going to buy an aquarium fish tank, have a look at online vendors first. Most of the time you’ll be able to save up to 25% off local vendors! It also helps to check out some websites for price comparisons first, anyway. Chances are that you’ll have a wider selection to choose from online, which will save you time and money doing many trips to your local store.
- The size of a tank will very From 180 Gallons to over 3000 Gallons depending on the size of the shark but more importantly if it is a bottom dweller or a free range swimmer. It should be obvious that the smaller bottom dweller sharks need the least amount of room in an aquarium and therefore are the best sharks to keep in a home aquarium. Sharks like the Bamboo Shark and the Epaulette Shark can be put an aquarium as small as 180 gallons.
- Sharks for sale that are known as free range swimmers like those in the Requiem family like the Bonnethead Shark and the Black Tip shark are going to need very large tanks of over 2000 gallons and also need to be rounded. The absolute minimum tank for one of these kinds of sharks would be 12 to 15 feet in diameter.
- Sharks really do not need decorations in their tank and more often than not can become more of a hazard. Sharks have very sensitive skin that can get scratched easily by objects that do not even feel sharp to us. If using rocks try to stack them in such a way that they can not fall over when knocked because large rocks could potentially fall onto your shark and hurt it. It would be recommended to glue the rocks together with a non-toxic fish glue.
- Many sharks for sale that are not often that aggressive in the wild become more aggressive when kept in captivity due to a frustration of being kept in a smaller space. You should always be careful when handling and feeding any shark because they have very sharp teeth. Aggression towards other inhabitants in the tank is more likely, so it is recommended to not keep more than one shark for many species, and many smaller fish and shrimp can easily be seen as food.
- Sharks are one of the hardest fish to keep in an aquarium if not the hardest, and having superior water quality is a must. Before considering the purchase of a shark you must be confident in your ability to keep perfect water quality at all times. If you do not have the experience it is recommended that you start out with some easier salt water fish to care for.
- Sharks are amazing creatures and it is possible to keep one in your home aquarium, but you should really rule out all sharks in the Requiem Shark family unless you are a true expert and have the resources to maintain a large free roaming shark. For everyone else you should choose a small bottom dweller shark. These our listed under aquarium sharks on our sharks for sale listings page.