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Mike wrote at 2006-07-06 02:02:09
I just bought a silvertip about 3 days ago and he's acting exactly as Jenny described hers'.  I had looked online for an answer; im going to now test for ammonia, use ammo-lock, and keep my fingers crossed.  Will let you know if this worked!


Jenny wrote at 2007-11-09 07:09:11
I just got 2 silvertip sharks and they love to eat. Try feeding it pellets rather than flakes. I'm currently using sinking carnivore pellets by hikaro? They gobble those up in seconds!


AnnaMarie wrote at 2008-02-15 12:58:56
okay the reason you are having problems, is because silver tipped sharks are in schooling. they HAVE to be with another silver tipped shark or they WILL die, im surprised the pet store didnt tell you this, as did mine. thats probably why they keep dying on you.


TIFFANY wrote at 2008-04-08 16:34:47
HI, WELL I HAVE ALSO BOUGHT 1 SHARK WHEN I FIRST GOT MY 50 GALLLON TANK N IT DID THE SAME THING WITH THE PACING N THEN DIEING WITHIN ABOUT A WEEK. SO I WENT AND GOT ANOTHER AND IT DID THE SAME THING. SO THE THIRD ONE I BOUGHT I ALSO GOT IT A FRIEND I BOUGHT 2 SHARKS TOGETHER N PUT THEM IN THE TANK TOGETHER N I HAVE HAD THEM FOR 3 MONTHS N THE ARE JUST FINE TOGETHER!! SO I THINK THEY JUST NEED ANOTHER TO PLAY WITH!!!


kae wrote at 2008-07-20 20:20:26
I have a 55 gallon tank and it has dianos, guppies, cherry barbs and 2 silvertip sharks.  In my 16 years of owning fish tanks I have always added 1 tsp of salt per gallon.  this helps the fish out as it is an electrolyte that their body requires.  It also helps to minimize disease.  My sharks stay in one corner occasionally coming out but go nuts at feeding time.  they do tend to become more active when the lights out out.  I think this is because most catfish tend to be nocturnal.


Jim wrote at 2008-12-04 17:39:52
Like what Karen was saying your tank goes threw a stage of what is know as "New Tank Syndrome" look into that.


Jim wrote at 2008-12-04 17:42:38
You guys want to be careful as to adding chemicals to your tank. Even tho they do say fish safe. It can be harmful to your fish. Frequent water changes is the best way to go.


ag wrote at 2009-12-21 22:24:24
im not sure if the peron up there said it but one thingn the sign at walmart said was 1 tablespoon of aquarium salt to 5 gallons freshwater...maybey that will help?


Rhonda wrote at 2013-03-09 20:36:39
We just got a silver tip that is doing the same thing. Also got a Black Molly and a Dalmatian Molly, will they do ok if we add aquarium salt to the water?


Gene Watkins wrote at 2014-03-28 14:27:59
I have had the same problem Jenny. I bought 2 of the from pet smart and they acted the same way and both died about the same time. Thank you Karen, that explains a lot about these. I have bought some bumble bee cats and some striped rapharel cats and they are doing fine.


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