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"I purchased two irridescent sharks, Ace and Hannah, back in early June of 2006, it is now september and Ace has grown from 1 1/2" to over 6". I started with just those two in a 30 gallon tank, but Ace had difficulty making the turn in the 12" depth of the tank, so I moved up to a 55 gal and hope that it lasts him at least another year. They are easily spooked and fun fish. I bought a chinese algae eater and they chased the poor thing around the tank for 2 weeks before they got board trying to catch him. Ace, my big one is calm and likes to sleep in a plant for most of the day, but as soon as evening hits, or I put food in the tank he is terribly active. Hannah swims constantly everyday. I love these fish, and they have been a great inspiration for my friends to get fish, however it is important to realize how big they can truely get. I never imagined they would get this big this fast. I thought my 30 gal would last at least a year...but now I'm not sure even how long this 55 will last him. Ace loves to have the extra length of the tank to swim in. If you are interested you might want to consider a long low tank. Make sure to put a lid on the tank because they can jump pretty high out of the water. mine love pellets, and ace, being a lazy man waits for the food to get caught on the filter so he doesn't have to hunt. They are very hearty eaters and the more they eat the faster they grow. They are graceful and fun swimmers. they also tend to play opossum when they get scared, floating belly up for several minutes every time I run the vaccumn. They are the dominant ones in my tank, and hardy fish. I moved 12 hours away this past august and they made the trip in their tank behind my seat, and recovered well for all the jostling. Easy fish to care for and now that I have added a few fish in my tank seem much more active. They love the plants. If you are willing to make an investment in a large tank, they are definitely worth it. I can't imagine having any other fish, they stick together to protect one another and have an amazing personality. "

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