Saltwater Aquarium Fish for Marine Aquariums: Speckled Carpet Shark, Captive-Bred, ORA®
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Speckled Carpet Shark EXPERT ONLY, Captive-Bred, ORA®
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Captive-Bred
Speckled Carpet Shark EXPERT ONLY, Captive-Bred, ORA® (Hemiscyllium trispeculare)
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Quick Stats

Care Level Expert Only
Temperament Aggressive
Color Form Black, Brown, Tan
Diet Carnivore
Reef Compatible No
Water Conditions 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size 2' 6"
Origin Captive-Bred, ORA®
Family Orectolobidae
Minimum Tank Size 200 gallons
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Overview

If you are looking to add a reasonably-sized shark to your aquarium, the ORA® Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark is the one for you! The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark grows quickly but will only reach about 30” in the home aquarium. It has a long tan body, small, round paired pectoral and pelvic fins with most of the shark’s body covered with smaller brown speckles or spots similar to that of a Leopard. Among the speckles are larger “saddle” spots usually located on the side of the body.

The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark is originally native to northern Australia and New Guinea. This fascinating animal uses its pectoral and pelvis fins to “walk” along the substrate in a wiggling type motion. This method of locomotion comes in handy when the Speckled Carpet Shark ventures into tide pools during low tide to hunt for crustaceans and small animals in the rocks and crevices.

The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark is considered an “expert only” animal. Provide an establish aquarium 200 gallons or larger in size with pristine water conditions. House with carefully chosen tank mates to ensure long term success. Sand is the preferred substrate as the Speckled Carpet Shark’s abdomen is easily scratched by a coarse substrate which could then cause an infection.

Provide the Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark, a low-stress environment with limited disruption and never exposed it to copper-based medications. The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark is primarily nocturnal and not very active but is often observed rooting in the sand with their snouts searching for buried prey at dawn and dusk. The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark does not tear up prey like other sharks and will thoroughly chew only bite-sized pieces of food that will fit in its mouth.

The Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark has a hearty appetite and should be feed the freshest foods possible offered when the shark is naturally active, typically around dawn and dusk. If the Captive-Bred Speckled Carpet Shark is observed roaming the aquarium during daytime hours, it needs to be fed more.

The Speckled Carpet Shark’s diet should consist of small pieces of cleaned, vitamin-enriched squid or raw wild shrimp, large mysis shrimp, krill and chopped Silversides.

Approximate Purchase Size: 6” to 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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