Tank Size Recommendations

FLESHY

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Oh man, I missed that.

Seriously cool. I am assuming this is a part of the massive planned upgrade you had? Or has that already happened?
 

turbo253

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Oh man, I missed that.

Seriously cool. I am assuming this is a part of the massive planned upgrade you had? Or has that already happened?
They will be part of the upgrade. That will be up and running by august. As for now they are in my current pool. The lemon is 45" and the other is 36". Trust me I am really luck to be able to see these sharks every day!
 

FLESHY

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I can imagine...would love to be in the same situation
 

Mermaid1434

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Hello guys, Im new to this site and I am interested in a tank for a black tip and would like to know the size tank that would work well for a shark like that! Its small right now about a foot long and I really dont want it to grow too big and was told that they grow to the size of the tank but Im looking to get a really nice size to keep. any suggestions would be great, Im excited to get this setup going! :)
 

Mermaid1434

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@ Fleshy, It wasn't my intent to offend you or anyone on this site, and I didn't say I wanted to stunt my sharks growth, I was simply saying I wanted to know what a nice size tank would be to keep it in, I think they are beautiful fish and I wanted to simply take care of it. So instead of u telling me to edit my post, before I get flamed, you could have just answered my post in a way that was a little more nicer, I didnt come here to be inhumane!!!! I havent learned how to edit yet as Im new here, but Im sure Ill learn quickly... thanks for your concerns :)
 

FLESHY

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Not trying to be offensive. Just want to let you know how serious some of the people are on here...(some are professionals in their field)

Just trying to help you get the best information without having someone actually give you a hard time.
 

Mermaid1434

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@ Fleshy Thats the reason I registered on this site, I was told to come here to check it out as it has some very helpful information from alot of people, I didn't expect to be scared to share a post looking for info....... Everyone has their own opinion about things and im open minded and not afraid to ask or listen for advice. Like I said, thanks for the concerns, and Im sure there are people out there with experiences and knowledge to help me get started with my project to care for a fish no matter what kind it is...... I just happen to like sharks among many other types of fish
 

FLESHY

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Trying to breathe some life back into this...also if Matt wouldnt mind editing some of this stuff back into my original post?

General Starting Guidelines:

Inactive Benthics - Tank/pond length = 3 x shark's length, Tank/Pond Width = 1.5 x shark's length.

Walking Benthics - Tank/Pond length = 3.5 x shark's length, Tank/pond Width = 1.5 x shark's length.

Active Benthics - Tank/Pond length = 4 x shark's length, Tank/pond width = 1.5 x shark's length.

Note - Active Benthic formula is based off the formula used in "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner.

Non-ORV Swimming - Tank/Pond Length = 5.5-6 x Shark's length, Tank/pond Width = 2.5-3 x Shark's Length.

Reef ORV Swimming - Tank/Pond Length = 7-7.5 x Shark's length, Tank/Pond Width = 3 x Shark's Length.

Coastal ORV Swimming - Tank/Pond Length = 8-9 x Shark's Length, Tank/Pond Width = 4 x Shark's Length.


Specie Specific Rules:

Atlantic Sharpnose Shark - Rhizoprionodon terraenovae , Maturity at about 2.5-2.8ft. Average Adult Size is about 3.2-3.5ft. Maximum Size is about 4ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 240 sq.ft or 24ft x 11ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 520 sq.ft. or 36ft x 16 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 3ft for juveniles, 4ft + for adults.

Blacktip Reef Shark - Carcharhinus melanopterus , Maturity at about 3-3.6ft. Average Adult Size is about 4.9-5.4 ft. Maximum Size is about 5.9-6.5ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 254 sq.ft or 25ft x 11 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 740 sq.ft. or 45ft x 18ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 3 ft for juveniles, 5-6ft for adults.

Blacktip Shark - Carcharhinus limbatus , Maturity at about 4.5-6ft. Average Adult Size is about 6.4-7.5 ft. Maximum Size is about 8-9ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-84F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 950 sq.ft or 48ft x 22 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 2,300 sq.ft. or 75ft x 34ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 4 ft for juveniles, 8 ft for adults.

Bonnethead Shark - Sphyrna tiburo , Maturity at about 2.5-3ft. Average Adult Size is about 3.6-4.2ft. Maximum Size is about 5ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 200 sq.ft or 22ft x 11ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 500 sq.ft. or 35ft x 16 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2.5-3ft for juveniles, 4ft + for adults.

Common Nurse - Ginglymostoma cirratum , Maturity at about 7-7.8ft. Average Adult Size is about 8.5-9.2ft. Maximum Size is about 10+ft .
Preferred Water Temperature - about 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 650sq.ft or 40ft x 18ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 1,200+ sq.ft. or about 55ft x 25ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2-3ft for juveniles, 5ft for adults.

Grey Smoothhound - Mustelus californicus , Maturity at about 2-2.4ft. Average Adult Size is about 3-3.3 ft. Maximum Size is about 4ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 59-68F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 80 sq.ft or 15ft x 6ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 240 sq.ft. or 24ft x 11 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 3ft + for adults.

Whitetip Reef Shark - Triaenodon obesus , Maturity at about 3.3-3.6ft. Average Adult Size is about 5.0-5.6 ft. Maximum Size is about 6.4-7 ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 200 sq.ft or 22ft x 10 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 650 sq.ft. or 40ft x 18ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 3 ft for juveniles, 5ft+ for adults.

Arabian Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium arabicum , Maturity at about 1.5-1.8ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.1-2.25ft. Maximum Size is about 2.5ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 74-82F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 14-15 sq.ft or 6ft x 2.5ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 28-32 sq.ft. or 8ft x 4 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2ft + for adults.

Brown-banded Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium punctatum , Maturity at about 2.1-2.4ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.9-3.2 ft. Maximum Size is about 3.5ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 25-28 sq.ft or 8ft x 3.5 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 64-70 sq.ft. or 12ft x 6ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 2 ft for juveniles, 2+ft for adults.

California Horn Shark - Heterodontus francisci , Maturity at about 1.8-2.4ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.8-3.2ft. Maximum Size is about 4ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 64-75F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 29-32 sq.ft or 9 ft x 3.5ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 85-90 sq.ft. or 16ft x 6 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2ft + for adults.

Chain Catshark - Scyliorhinus retifer , Maturity at about 1.1-1.3ft. Average Adult Size is about 1.4-1.6ft. Maximum Size is about 2ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 48-62F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 9-10 sq.ft or 5ft x 2ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 22-24 sq.ft. or 8ft x 3 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 1.5ft for juveniles, 2ft for adults.

Common Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium ocellatum , Maturity at about 2-2.3ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.9-3.2 ft. Maximum Size is about 3.5ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 25-28 sq.ft or 8ft x 3.5 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 64-70 sq.ft. or 12ft x 6ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 2 ft for juveniles, 2 ft for adults.

Coral Catshark - Atelomycterus marmoratus , Maturity at about 1.6-1.8ft. Average Adult Size is about 2ft. Maximum Size is about 2.25ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 19-21 sq.ft or 7ft x 3ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 29-32 sq.ft. or 9ft x 3.5 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2ft + for adults.

Dusky Smoothhound Shark - Mustelus canis , Maturity at about 2.6-3.3ft. Average Adult Size is about 3.8-4.2ft. Maximum Size is about 5ft .
Preferred Water Temperature - about 59-72F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 130sq.ft or 18ft x 8ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 350 sq.ft. or about 30ft x 13ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2-2.5ft for juveniles, 3.5+ft for adults.

Northern Wobbegong - Orectobolus wardi , Maturity at about 1.5-1.75ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.1-2.3 ft. Maximum Size is about 2.6-2.9ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 72-82F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 12 sq.ft or 5ft x 2.5ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 28-32 sq.ft. or 8ft x 4 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2ft + for adults.

Ornate Wobbegong - Orectobolus ornatus , Maturity at about 2.2-2.6ft. Average Adult Size is about 3.1-3.4 ft. Maximum Size is about 3.8-4ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 63-77F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 28-32 sq.ft or 8ft x 4ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 64-70 sq.ft. or 12ft x 6ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2ft + for adults.

Papuan Epaulette Shark - Hemiscyllium hallstromi , Maturity at about 1.5-1.8ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.1-2.3 ft. Maximum Size is about 2.5-2.6ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 14-15 sq.ft or 6ft x 2.5 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 32-36 sq.ft. or 9ft x 4ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 2 ft for juveniles, 2 ft for adults.

Port Jackson's Shark - Heterodontus portusjacksoni , Maturity at about 2.6-3.2ft. Average Adult Size is about 3.6-4.2ft. Maximum Size is about 5.5ft.
Preferred Water Temperatures - 56-70F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 60-64 sq.ft or 13ft x 5ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 164-176 sq.ft. or 22ft x 8 ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 2ft for juveniles, 2.5ft + for adults.

White-spotted Bamboo Shark - Chiloscyllium plagiosum , Maturity at about 1.7-2.1ft. Average Adult Size is about 2.4-2.6 ft. Maximum Size is about 3ft.
Preferred Water Temperature is about 74-82F.
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 19-21 sq.ft or 7ft x 3 ft oval
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 45-50 sq.ft. or 11ft x 4.5ft oval
Minimum Water Depth - 2 ft for juveniles, 2+ft for adults.

Bull Shark - Carcharhinus leucas , Maturity at about 6.5-7.5ft. Average Adult Size is about 8.2-9.2ft. Maximum Size is about 13ft .
Preferred Water Temperature - about 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - 1,300sq.ft or 60ft x 24ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 3,500 sq.ft. or about 96ft x 40ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 3-6ft for juveniles, 12ft for adults.

Lemon Shark - Negaprion brevirostris , Maturity at about 7-8ft. Average Adult Size is about 8.5-9.5ft. Maximum Size is about 11-12ft .
Preferred Water Temperature - about 74-84F
Minimum Tank Size til Mature - about 970sq.ft or 49ft x 22ft oval.
Minimum Tank Size for Full Adult - 2,300 sq.ft. or about 75ft x 34ft oval.
Minimum Water Depth - 3-6ft for juveniles, 10ft for adults.
 
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