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1. I heard that keeping a saltwater aquarium is more dfficult than that of a freshwater one. So to build a saltwater aquarium, how much should a person consider the least size for a house aquarium?

2. Are there any species of sharks for a home aquarium?

3. is 35 gallon enough for a sucessful saltwater aquarium?

Thanks a lot

Hi Jem:

See the answers to your questions below.

1. If you're dedicated it doesn't have to be complicated. If you're dedicated you could potentially keep any size desired in your home. Literature always recommends beginners to start with the largest size possible that can be afforded. This is because a larger body of water is generally more stable in terms of fluctuating parameters.

2.  Yes, there are species of shark that can be kept in captivity, including the Bamboo Shark.

3. Yes, 35 gallons could potentially make a beautiful coral reef saltwater aquarium. You would not be able to keep any species of shark in a 35 gallon.

Thank you.


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