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Maintenance difficulty: The Marbled Cat Shark is easy to keep if you have a large enough aquarium.
Maintenance: Feed all kinds of large meaty foods like small pieces of fish, squid, shrimp, and live goldfish. Best to feed small amounts several times a day.
Habitat: Natural geographic location: Marbled Cat Shark are found near Northern Australia.
Foods: Natural foods include gastropod and bivalve molluscs with smaller amounts of crabs, shrimp, and small fish.
Social Behaviors: This fish can be kept with other fish and is usually no problem even with smaller fish that could be eaten. They usually only try to eat fish that are either dying or distressed.
Sex: Sexual differences: The medial edges of the male's pelvic fins are modified to form claspers. The claspers are tubelike organs designed to deliver sperm into the female's reproductive tract. As the males grow older the claspers become more pronounced. The females do not have these.
Light: Recommended light levels: No special requirements.
Breeding/Reproduction:Oviparous egglayer. The young are about 10 cm (4 inches) in length when they hatch.
Temperature: No special requirements.
Length/Diameter of fish: Marbled Cat Shark adults can grow to 24 inches (60 cm).
Minimum Tank Length/Size: A minimum 100 gallon aquarium is recommended.
Water Movement: Weak, Moderate, Strong Not particular.
Water Region: Top, Middle, Bottom Spends time at the bottom of the aquarium.
Availability: This fish is occasionally available.
Ryan - 2008-04-11 As far as sharks go, this is one of the best suited for captivity. It stays really small, 42 inches in the wild but in the aquarium it is much smaller, around 20 inches though this is highly dependent on the amount of feedings you give them. They can be kept succesfully in a 55 gallon aquarium but a 75 would be much better. If you want to grow him out bigger though you will need at least a 125 gallon. One other thing is that the babies are nocturnal and if you have a heavily decorated aquarium you run a rather high risk of your shark getting caught and drowning. The best way around this is to add decorations a little at a time and slowly get the shark used to bright lighting.
Troy - 2013-01-22 I have a baby bannded cat shark right now in my 75, he's about a year old now and just over a foot long. He moves around great in there but is getting aggressive now here's what I was thinking. Instead of upgrading now which I can't afford to do at the time, is to trade him in for a baby marble. But what I want to clarify is that this guy (the marble) will only grow half the size of the bannded I have is this true? I have been looking around and I'm finding that most sites say that marbles become the same size maybe just a few inches shorter then that of its cousin the bannded. If this is so a marble would be a lot happier in there then the baby bannded.
michael parise - 2004-07-18 I have this shark. It was very shy for about 2 months when I first introduced it to my aquarium. But he finally came around and now he is all over the tank, loves to eat, and is great to view under black lights at night. What a hunter at night when you put in some feeder fish, great show. Michael parise 04/18/04