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Marbled Bamboo Cat Shark EXPERT ONLY
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Tank Raised
Marbled Bamboo Cat Shark EXPERT ONLY (Chiloscyllium plagiosum)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Black, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions sg 1.020-1.025, 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4
Max. Size 3' 3"
Origin Tank-Raised
Family Hemiscyllidae
Minimum Tank Size 300 gallons
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The Bamboo Shark is also known as a Cat Shark because the barbels at the mouth look like cat whiskers. It is also referred to as the Whitespotted Bamboo Shark, and has a brown-colored body with broad tan stripes and spots.

The Bamboo 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 300 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.

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 whole cockle in the shell, fresh shrimp and squid, and frozen mussel are ideal.

Approximate Purchase Size: Small: 5" to 7" Medium: 7" to 10" Large: 10" to 15:

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.

Customer Testimonials

Jason F Portage , WI
received my bamboo cat shark and was absolutely thrilled. started eating immediately and is extremely healthy. couldnt be happier thanks for an amazing speciman
Martin B Cooper City , FL
Have had mine for about 5 months. Gorgeous specimen, eating very well, very active, and growing quickly. Would love to get another one, but bio load is too heavy. Eats shrimp, squid, silversides, and even chases after mysis and krill. Great fish.
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