Marbled Catshark (Atelomycterus macleayi) Care
The Marbled Catshark, Atelomycterus macleayi, is considered a good aquarium choice. It is hardy and easy to take care of, though it will need a roomy well-oxygenated marine aquarium to accommodate it when it reaches its adult size. This shark can be kept with other fish and is usually no problem even with smaller fish that could be eaten. Caution should be used when housed with large angelfish, wrasses, pufferfish and triggerfish as they can pick at the shark and cause damage. It is best maintained in a large shark and stingray aquarium with a deep fine sand bed. They usually only try to eat fish that are either dying or distressed.
With a Marbled Catshark it is always good to have a secured rock structure so the shark can hide during the day. Iodine supplements are recommended, as well as shark vitamins for health.
Best fed a chopped meaty diet (small pieces) of crabs, live feeder shrimp, fish, squid, shrimp, scallops, frozen silversides, and krill. Best to feed two to three times a week. Place food on the sand near the shark.
In the wild the shark inhabits shallow coastal reefs in muddy and sandy bottom areas and usually found at depths between 3 to 15 feet where it feeds on small fishes, shrimp, worms, crabs urchins, and other crustaceans.