Advice column all about aquariums by J. Hotelling
Subject: Sharks and tank conditions
Hello, I am new in the fish hobby and am looking for some
information. I have a 10 gallon tank, heater, filer, gravel etc. My water is
up to 80 degrees, tested and adjusted to pH- 7.0. There is no ammonia and I
have added the salts and the stress coat. to the best of my knowledge the
aquarium is ready. I am going to populate the tank with 4 Colombian
I was told that it is best to add fish two at a time per week.
However, I am not sure what fish are compatible with these fish. I
am fascinated with the shark look. Although they are not sharks, the
Colombian Sharks have that look about them. I am looking for other fish that
portray the sharks image and will not eat each other. Can you help?
If pictures are available can you please send some. You help is
Thanks for clearing that up. Now I can give you more information. As I
stated before, you are dealing with fish that grow up to about 12 inches.
You tank will be inadequate very quickly. Min. tank for four of these fish
should be at least 75 gallon.
Your ph should be higher, probably around 7.6. They like the water a bit
more alkaline. Their natural waters can be a bit brackish, so you may want
to add some salt to your water.
Your friends will enjoy live or frozen foods occasionally. A base diet of
our pellets would be a less costly alternative. Our site is www.aquaricare.org.
As far as compatible tankmates, first consider your size problems. After
that, a mix with other similar types would be fine. Perhaps Scatphagus
Argus, a favorite of mine.
Either way, you definitely need 1) A larger tank, 2) To choose some
smaller shark type fish.
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