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Premium Quality
Columbian
Shark for Sale
Also called a White Tip Shark Catfish
     
Columbian Shark for sale   This is a 3" Columbian Shark for sale in our facility. This fish is energetic, hardy, and peaceful.
     
Columbian Shark for Sale
     

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Columbian Shark for sale
White Tip Sharks for sale
White Tip Shark Catfish for sale
 
Premium
Columbian
Shark
also called the White Tip Shark Catfish
 
Pictures: above a 3" Columbian Shark, middle a 4" Columbian Shark, swimming in one of our big aquariums, when one of us took this picture, and below a 2.5" Columbian Shark, swimming in one of our aquariums.

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Maximum size:
can grow to at least 12" and possibly 16", or even 20" long, but in aquariums they are rarely larger than 6"
 
Scientific name:
Ariopsis seemanni
 

 
       

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Columbian Shark for sale
White Tip Sharks for sale
White Tip Shark Catfish for sale
 
Premium
Columbian
Shark
also called the White Tip Shark Catfish
 
Pictures: above a 3" Columbian Shark, middle a 4" Columbian Shark, swimming in one of our big aquariums, when one of us took this picture, and below a 2.5" Columbian Shark, swimming in one of our aquariums.

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Maximum size:
can grow to at least 12" and possibly 16" or even 20" long, but in aquariums they are rarely larger than 6"
 
Scientific name:
Ariopsis seemanni
 

 
       

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Comments
We import wild Columbian Shark, and they come to us a little thin. So we know we have to take special care of them for at least 10 days to be sure they are eating well and not too thin before we ship them.

The picture at the top of this column shows a Columbian Shark that is still a little thin and needed a couple more days of good food and care.

But the fish is healthy and feeling good, which you can confirm by looking at its fins that are held up and away from its body.

A fish that is not feeling good, will clamp its fins against its body. Looking at a fish's fins is an important way of determining the fish's health.

 

Brackish Water
Columbian Shark eggs hatch in freshwater, and young ones do best in freshwater. When they've grown to be about 2.5" to 3" long, they migrate down river to brackish water and eventually into the pacific ocean, where they live for several years, before migrating back up a freshwater river to spawn.

When you get a small one, it will live best in freshwater or water with a bit of salt. Maybe 0.005 is a good hydrometer reading.

As they grow larger you'll need to increase the hydrometer reading by adding proportionately more salt to their water.

For example, if you have a 30-gallon freshwater aquarium and you want to convert it to being a brackish water aquarium.

Then first you'd calculate that 30-gallons divided by 5-gallons is 6-Tablespoons of Aquarium Salt. So you'd add 6-Tablespoons of Aquarium Salt to the (fresh) water in your 30-gallon aquarium.

A final way of restating this is to say that brackish water has about 1-Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each 5-gallons of (fresh) water.

Columbian Sharks are energetic scavengers that constantly scour the bottom for uneaten bits of food, and in this way they help improve the water quality, but they are not a substitute for proper aquarium maintenance.

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This fish is also called a White Tip Shark Cat, a Black Fin Shark Catfish, and many other common names.

 
Scientific Name Ariopsis seemanni
   
For years this fish appeared in hobbyist books as Arius jordoni, which was corrected to Arius seemanni, and then to Hexanematichthys seemanni, but now the scientific name apparently is Ariopsis seemanni.

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Appropriate Home
An aquarium with at least 30-gallons of water, an exterior power filter with a BIO-Wheel, a maximum of 1/4-inch of gravel, an aquarium heater adjusted to keep the water between 78 and 82-degrees F., and at least 1-Tablespoon of Aquarium Salt per each 5-gallons of aquarium water.

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Columbian Sharks enjoy each others company, so it's best to keep a group of them with at least four Columbian Sharks.

In a couple of years four of them should grow to a size that will require at least a 75-gallon aquarium.

If you are thinking about buying a Columbian Shark, you should first realize that they should be kept in a group with at least four Columbian Sharks, and the four of them will eventually need a very big aquarium with at least 250-gallons of water.

   
Recommended Diet
Floating Flake Food for Tropical Fish.  Plus an occasional treat of live Black Worms and live or frozen brine shrimp. Later when these fish are large, feed them pellet food.

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Compatibility
Best kept together in a group with several Columbian Sharks, and they are compatible with most other fish except the very smallest fish such as Neon Tetras and the most aggressive fish.

Good Tank Mates: Archer Fish, Monos, Scats, Puffers, Needle Noses, and the Fan Dancer Goby.

There are some other Tropical Fish that can tolerate Aquarium Salt and make good tank mates for Columbian Sharks.

Here are a few: Plecostomus Catfish, and Livebearers such Platies, Swordtails, and Mollies, but Columbian Sharks might eat Guppies.

Columbian Sharks are often seen in aquariums with Neotropical Cichlids such as Firemouths, Jack Dempseys, Pink Convicts, Black Convicts, and Texas Cichlids.

But these Cichlids are not compatible with the Livebearers listed above.
 
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to read about several groups of compatible fish.

 
Gallery of Columbian Shark Pictures
 
 
 
Size and Lifespan
In the wild Columbian Sharks grow to at least 12" and possibly 16", or even 20", but in aquariums they are rarely larger than 6".

They have a lifespan of 6 to 10 years.

 
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