Animal Stories - Bamboo Shark

Animal-World Information about: Bamboo Shark

  The Bamboo Shark is also called the Brown-spotted Cat Shark or Brown-banded Catshark. Juveniles like the one pictured here have the bands and occasionlly spots. The adult Bamboo Shark are often plain gray or brownish in color.
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jamie - 2017-05-16
I have had my shark for about a year, I have a 250gallon tank and he has always been a good eater. but lately he has been grabbing his food spitting it out... I tried changing foods and asked the store for help... I don't know what to do

rob - 2016-10-13
does anyone have a bamboo shark they want to sell its for my son i live in new mexico please email me

Paul Harkin - 2015-05-26
Hi Paul here from Montreal. Took 4 months for my bamboo shark to hatch he is in a small bucket with sand and holes for current. In my 90gallon ( preparing him a 300gallon) he is only 5days old and still has a big (oak sac) due to me helping him out a little early. He is breathing fine and swimming good, but my question is that he often flips on his backside and I feel the urge to help him back over. Is this normal for him to do so? Any advice would be great

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-05-31
    Great going, glad to hear your shark egg has hatched. Though its said they can hatch in around 6 weeks, there are reports of 6 months in some cases. I hope you can keep him going, the biggest problem is getting the new baby to eat. Once they reach about 7 inches, they are generally stable and they should grow about 9 inches a year.

    The flipping over on his back is concerning. I'm not a vet, but it sounds like it could be some kind of neurological disorders. Hopefully it will grow out of this, but you may want to talk to a fish vet or contact a public aquarium that has success with hatching out and rearing these sharks.

    Keep in mind that this animal will get very big. 36 inches is normal and it can get that big in about 4 years. A 300 gallon tank, with 500 gallons being optimal, will be needed for it to thrive.
  • Paul Harkin - 2015-06-01
    Thank you apreciate your reply :) I have been doing a lot a lot of research about him flipping on his back side. I'm going to try feeding him in a couple days since his (sack) has shrunk a bunch. Hopefully he will thrive I'm excited to get him a buddy and see where it goes.
  • Clarice Brough - 2015-06-01
    Well I'm excited for you and your baby shark! Keep us posted as he grows. Just a thought... if you register for our Pet Talk Facebook app when you add your comments, you can then upload some pictures for us to see too.
  • Rebecca - 2016-06-19
    Yes! This is normal when prematurely taken out the egg sac. But don't be too scared. You MUST keep turning the baby shark back over, using perfectly clean hands every single time. It's gonna take WEEKS!
    But as long as you keep turning it back over it will live. Which will be hard to keep up if your gonna for a big part of the day like work/school etc..
    The shark will not eat anytime soon either.
    Not for a while after the you say is gone
Tabitha - 2016-05-24
im looking for a bamboo shark to purchace.. please get back to me through email

Brooke Dannar - 2016-02-25
I am in desperate need to find out what to do to help my shark! I have had my bamboo shark for about a year now and he has always been active and a very good eater. About two weeks ago I noticed a rash on his stomach that spread to the rest of his body so I treated it with an antibacterial. That did not help much so I changed out 20 gallons of water and the rash has gotten smaller. However, my shark has not gone a week without eating. If I place any food in front of him he swims away or backs away from it. He has also been showing some odd behavior. He will sit in one spot and it will look like he is swimming in place and then when he does try to swim to the top of the water like he usually he does, he does not appear to be able to swim like he has been which I'm assuming is from going so long without eating now. He has also started breathing harder and faster in the past week as well.

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  • Grace - 2016-05-06
    Sorry hope he gets better
Megan - 2015-12-03
I have noticed some odd behavior in my bamboo sharks. #3 has had a lack of an appetite for several months but she is taking food but not at the rate she should. In fact she will occasionally take food and spit it out. On top of this I noticed her 'chasing' her tail this morning. She doesn't appear to be biting at it, I don't see any marks, it more looks like she is dragging it across her snout / hitting her snout with it. #5 Is typically an aggressive eater and this morning I would go as far as to say that she seemed weak while eating. She would come up for food and if i didn't get the feeding stick to her soon enough she would drop down to the bottom and rest on her side almost as if she was recuperating from expelling that amount of energy. Any ideas or tips please let me know! Thanks.

Matthew venth - 2015-09-03
Hi i need help i have a bamboo shark she was eating anything i gave her she it 3-4 months old always active she is in a tank with 3 other sharks they all get along fine but Yesterday i came home and went to feed the sharks and she wasnt moving so i picked her up her eyes were and still are closed she moves here tail back a fourth very slowly but cant swim and wont eat if any one has a answer please let me know thank you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2015-09-06
    Be sure you water chemistry is within the proper parameters and watch the tank closely to see if there is some aggression going on. You must have a huge tank to house 4 sharks amd may possibly want to move the ailing bamboo into a tank of its own. You can try variety in its diet to entice it to eat, like human quality marine foods including squid, prawns, krill pieces, smelts, and anchovies. You can also try an appetite stimulant like soluble Vitamin B12. I hope your fellow starts feeding soon!
David Jones - 2009-12-05
Chiloscylliums need to be feed once to twice WEEKLY, not daily. This is covered in publications such as Scott Michael's "Aquarium Sharks and Rays" as well as many online resources. Keeping one in a tank as small as a 150 would be very inhumane, considering this shark is capable of getting large enough that it couldn't even lay straight by the end of it's 20+ year natural lifespan. Using goldfish as feeders will ultimately cause a very malnourished shark with an incredibly short lifespan, and it does NOT do well with mixed communities of fish... these sedentary sharks tend to fall prey to many agile fish (angels and tangs will peck their eyes)

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  • chris - 2010-09-02
    Thanks for the info, I am recently looking into buying a bamboo shark and your information is and was very helpful.
  • Sabastian Knight - 2014-12-12
    yeah, TRY NIGHTCRAWLERS, you know worms that you would go fishing with, the sharks of this breed seem to go nutt's over them, BUT only give half of the nightcrawler at each time, not the whole thing.
samantha - 2010-12-13
I've had a banded cat shark for about 4 to 5 months now and he just all of the sudden stopped eating he won't eat the food he normally eats (frozen krill) so I thought changing the food might help I tried shrimp won't eat that tried guppies he won't eat that and on top of everything he went from black to brown in over 24 hours can someone please explain to me why this is happening to my baby?

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  • Sabastian Knight - 2014-12-12
    try feeding it nightcrawlers, mine was doing the same thing, and then I tried that, and he's been eating them like they where going out of style, hope this helps.

rob fusco - 2009-01-30
Well, I just bought an bamboo shark egg about two days ago. I am waiting for it to hatch. I presently have a 90 gallon tank with about 60 lbs of rock and a few corals, but in about a week I am getting a 265 gallon reef ready setup from a friend who lost intrest in it. I plan on having the tank built into a fake wall in my basement that is being finished off. This will be my first shark so hopefully things go well for me. He/she will be living with a blonde naso tang, a cole tang, powder blue tang, a yellow tang, and a scribbled rabbit. Wish me luck and possible other sharks to come in the future. My 90 gallon will remain in my master bedroom.

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  • Jon - 2010-08-10
    I am a master in the shark field and study them in very large tanks. I would not recommend you keep sharks with other fish. Sharks can be very aggressive towards other fish. Be very cautious of your fish tank and I hope everything gets along well.
  • jim D. - 2014-08-13
    i am also thinking of getting a shark . i heard tangs tend to pick at the sharks eyes.i have a 250 gal going back together because of leak,leak repaired.have snow flake eel,niger trigger,2 large clown fish.Lost large lion&sailfin tang.Running a sump system with ehiem protien skimmer,anything else i may need.OH and plenty of live rock.Remaining fish in quarintine tank at moment.