Banded Cat Shark

The 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 180 gallon or larger aquarium as an adult. Growing as much as 12 inches in a year's time, adults reach approximately 41 inches in length. It requires sand as the substrate as the abdomen is easily scratcbarbels. hed by a coarser substrate, which may lead to an infection. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. As its name suggests, the brownbanded bamboo shark has brown bands along its body. The bands fade with age, much like the tiger shark. The whitespotted bamboo shark is a greyish brown, with small white spots dotted all over its body. It also has a few large dark blotches on its back. And, like all Bamboo sharks, right above its mouth it has two barbels. 

The brownbanded bamboo shark is nocturnal, meaning it is active at night, and it hides in the reef some of the time but nown to be out during the day, until night, when it comes out to feed. It eats small fish, crustaceans, and various other small sea animals. Bamboo sharks are small, slugish bottom-feeders, and will not go after any large fish, unlike the great white shark. They feed on invertabrates mostly.  They have small sharp teeth. are not very aggressive in the tank. Best kept with Eels, Groupers, Snappers, Hawks, Hogs, Foxface/Rabbits, Lions/Scorpions, Grunts/Sweetlips, Sharks and Rays, larger species Angels, Parrots, Tangs/Surgeonfishes. Avoid Triggers and Puffers, as these fish will nip at the fins of most types of sharks.

A carnivore that does not compete well for food with aggressive feeders, foods are best offered by target feeding using a stick or tongs. | Should be fed meaty fares that include pieces of fresh shrimp, scallop, squid, and marine fish flesh. | Soaking foods in a liquid vitamin can provide additional nutirents that are important to a shark's health. | Feed until satisfied 2-3 times a week.

Juvenile specimens are often difficult to get to eat. Adding a natural scent and flavor enhancer such as Seachem Entice and introducing live farm raised saltwater feeder shrimp(White Shrimp - Penaeus vannamei) to the aquarium can help to peak a stubborn feeder's interest. | This shark has a small mouth that it cannot open very wide, and it does not bite off pieces of food. It should be given tiny bits of food that it can easily consume whole, otherwise it may ignore and even spit out chunks that are too large.


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