Cat Shark, Black Banded EXPERT ONLY



The Black Banded Cat Shark is known as a Cat Shark because the barbels at the mouth look like cat whiskers. It is also referred to as the Brownbanded Bamboo Shark and has a cream-colored body with broad dark black stripes. There may be large, muted brown spots between the stripes when the fish gets larger. The Black Banded Cat Shark is a bottom-dwelling shark that is common in the home aquarium. It will eat any crustacean in the aquarium. It stays relatively small but requires at least a 360 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult. It requires sand as the substrate as the abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate, which may lead to an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. Feeding may be difficult in the beginning. When first introduced into the aquarium, small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeder shrimp should be used to entice this fish to eat. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops, or pieces of fresh marine fish. Feeding these sharks quality foods such as the whole cockle in the shell, fresh shrimp and squid, and frozen mussel are ideal. Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 3" to 4"; Medium: 4" to 7"; Large: 7" to 10" Please note: We guarantee that ALL aquaria species we offer will arrive alive and in good condition. However, because of the increased level of care required for this particular species, it has been designated as "Expert Only." This species is recommended only for the expert aquarist, zoo, or research institution. Expert Only aquatic life is exempt from our extended guarantee after their arrival.
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General information on Black Banded Cat Shark The Black Banded Cat Shark has barbels in the mouth. They are shaped like cat whiskers. It is a cream-colored body that has large deep black lines. There could be huge dark brown spots in between the stripes as the fish grows larger. This Black Banded Cat Shark is a bottom-dwelling shark that is often found in home aquariums. It can eat any crustacean that is in the aquarium. It's relatively small, however, it requires a much larger tank as an adult. It needs sand for the substrate because the abdomen is easily scratched by a rougher substrate, which could lead to infection. It is not recommended to expose to medications containing copper. Black Banded Cat Shark Diet and Nutrition This carnivore loves meaty food. However, feeding can be difficult at first as stressed sharks can consume food for weeks prior to eating. When they first come into your aquarium, tiny pieces of squid that have been cleaned and live feeder shrimp in saltwater must be offered to lure the fish to take a bite. Sharks consume a variety of crushed crustaceans like shrimp, scallops, and slices of marine fresh whole cockles inside the shell of fresh shrimp, the squid. Also, frozen mussels are the best choice. Do not feed with your hands, but should you require a larger feeding stick. It should be fed every 2-4 days Avoid overfeeding. Sharks should consume 35 percent of body weight each week. Sharks that are still young should be fed in small quantities daily. A shark's stomach should not grow larger even if the fish is pregnant. should you notice an enormous belly on the shark, it is best to cut back on the amount you're feeding. Freezing your food items for seven days or more will assist in killing any bacteria or parasites found within the meal. Food that has been frozen for longer than 12 months is not recommended to be fed to sharks. Make sure it eats your food within six months. Soaking meals in a liquid vitamin can increase in vitamins and minerals essential to the shark's health. Also, sharks require supplement source of iodine in order to avoid goiter disease.  
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