Black Banded Cat Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum)
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Black Banded Cat Shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum) Care
The Black Banded Cat Shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum, is also known as the Brown-banded Bamboo Shark. These fish come from the Indo-West Pacific region. They have a white-gray body with vertical thick black bands on the entire body. They are called cat sharks because of their barbels which resemble a feline’s whiskers.
Sharks are carnivores and require a diet rich in meaty foods, such as pieces of fresh shrimp, scallop, squid, and marine fish flesh. They should be fed individually using feeding tongs. They should be fed 2 to 3 times a week and should not have to compete for their food.
The Black Banded Cat Shark can reach up to 46″ in length and requires an aquarium of at least 360 gallons with plenty of hiding places, a soft sandbed (coarse sand can damage the skin on their underside), excellent water quality and room to swim. They are known to dig and will topple non-secured rockwork and coral.
They are not reef safe and will eat smaller fish and invertebrates.
NOTE: They are VERY sensitive to copper.
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