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A shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) is born.

by Francesco Zezza

Late in the evening after an excellent dinner, I’m sitting along the table with a group of real “FISH ENTHUSIASTS”, happily chatting of a new tank, a further Tropheus spawning and a lot of those interesting (to a chichlidiot, of course …) things. Then, all of a sudden, the info that “shocked” me: A fellow in the group, the owner of a fish shop I browse in every now and then, tells us: “A shark is born!” staying silent immediately after. I take him as kidding until he goes on, like this: “In a tank of my shop!!!”

Of course, this fact (being lovers or not of marine fish/tanks, which I’m not that much) immediately becomes the main topic of the chat. And we’ve been told he got an “egg” from one of his suppliers and decided to put it in a tank and wait. Nothing happened at first, until one morning at shop opening … The newcomer was found swimming around and looking for food!

The tank – see pic above - is not that luxurious when it comes to aquascaping (the pic also shows only tankmate, at right) but all in all - according to what has happened – is correctly running.

The tank – see pic above - is not that luxurious when it comes to aquascaping (the pic also shows the only tankmate on the right) but all in all - according to what has happened – it is correctly running.

Among the few pieces of info I got are:

Tank size: 120 lt; Water temp: 26° C, Water density: 1024, not aware of NO2; NO3 NH4 levels (but water changes are performed “cleverly” and in large amount). The “newcomer” (actually a Chiloscyllium punctatum, shown in detail in the picture below) is fed – mostly - on frozen shrimps (a few times a day) and is eagerly taking food, and at the time of this pics is 15 days old. It is supposed to attain a TL of over 1mt/3 ft!!!

The owner of this fish is Giovanni Sorace running the shop TRIDACNA - Via Placido Martini n° 9; here in Rome

Isn’t he lovely? (do you remember the hit?)

What, then, do I have to add besides that Giovanni is a long time, highly experienced fish keeper? After all … marine tanks can also be interesting, or not?

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