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ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark EXPERT ONLY
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ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark EXPERT ONLY (Hemiscyllium sp.)
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Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Moderate
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 2' 6"
Origin Captive-Bred, ORA®
Family Orectolobidae
Minimum Tank Size 200 gallons
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If you are looking to add a reasonably sized shark to your aquarium the ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark is the one for you. The Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark does grow quickly but will only reach about 30” in the home aquarium. It has a long tan body, small, round paired pectoral and pelvic fins patterned with striking dark spots that resemble an epaulette, the ornamental shoulder décor used to signify military rank. The ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark is native to northern Australia and New Guinea and grows quickly.

The ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette shark is considered an “expert only” animal. A tank of 200 gallons or larger with pristine water conditions and carefully chosen tank mates should be adequate. Sand is the preferred substrate for these sharks. The Epaulette's abdomen is easily scratched by a coarse substrate which could cause an infection. These sharks must be provided with a low stress environment with limited disruption, and should never be exposed to copper-based medications. The ORA® Captive-Bred Epaulette Shark is primarily nocturnal and not very active. They are often observed rooting in the sand with their snouts at dawn and dusk searching for buried prey. They will only eat food that will fit in their mouth. They do not tear up prey like other sharks but require bite sized pieces of food which they chew thoroughly. Food should be as fresh as possible, and offered when sharks are naturally active, typically around dawn and dusk. If the Epaulette shark is observed roaming the tank during daytime hours, it needs to be fed more.

The Epaulette Shark’s diet should consist of, vitamin enriched small pieces of cleaned squid or raw wild paneus shrimp, large mysis shrimp.

Approximate Purchase Size: 5” - 8"

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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