Care Level: Expert Only
Reef Compatible: No
Minimum Tank Size: 180 gallons
Water Conditions: 72-78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Max. Size: 3′ 6″
Color Form: Black, Tan
The Banded Cat Shark is known as a Cat Shark because the barbels at the mouth look like cat whiskers. It is also called a Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, and has a cream colored body with broad dark black stripes. When the shark matures there may be large, muted brown spots between the stripes.
The Banded Cat Shark is a bottom dwelling shark that is commonly found in home aquariums. Sand is required for the substrate as the abdomen is easily scratched by courser substrate. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications.
It will eat any crustaceans in the aquarium. When the Banded Cat Shark is first introduced to the aquarium it should be fed small pieces of cleaned squid or live saltwater feeding shrimp to entice it to eat. After it has settled in and is set on a feeding schedule it should be offered whole cockle in the shell, fresh fish, fresh shrimp, fresh squid, frozen mussels, and scallops.