Shovelnose Shark
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  • Shovelnose Shark

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  • Tank Size: 750 Gallons
    Tempermant: Semi-aggressive
    Maximum Size: 54"
    Coloration: Gray, Brown, White
    Diet: Carnivore
    Regions Found: Eastern Pacific Ocean, California
    Reef Compatible: Yes (With Caution)
    Experience Level: Expert
    Guarantee: DOA Guarantee Only
    Water Conditions: 74-82° F, SG 1.020-1.027, PH 7.9-8.5
    Other Names: Shovelnose Guitarfish, Shovelnose Ray
  • Description
  • The Shovelnose Shark is a very rare and not often seen fish in home aquariums. Shovelnose Sharks have a long mostly flat body with a wide shovel like head.

    Shovelnose Sharks reach a maximum adult size of about 54 inches in the wild, but will mostly be much smaller when kept in aquariums. Due to their large size, Shovelnose Sharks need to be kept in tanks that are at least 750 gallons. Shovelnose Sharks also need to be housed in tanks that have a thick layer of soft substrate that will not scratch their undersides, which could lead to infections.

    Shovelnose Sharks spend most of their time on the bottom of the tank and tend to be most active in the evening and night hours. Even though they are called sharks, they are not. They were first grouped with sharks due to their large dorsal fin.

    Shovelnose Sharks should only be attempted by expert aquarists or those who have dealt with this species before. Shovelnose Sharks are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods. At first live foods should be offered to the Shovelnose Shark, after time they might except prepared foods like fresh chunks of seafood.

    If you have any questions about the Shovelnose Shark, please feel free to contact us at any time.

    Tiny: Up to 6", Small: Over 6-7", Small / Medium: Over 7-8.5", Medium: Over 8.5-10", Medium / Large: Over 10-12", Large: Over 12-14", Extra Large: Over 14-18", Extra Extra Large: Over 18-22", Show Size: Over 22-26", Jumbo: Over 26"
 
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