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Epaulette Shark - Australia

Epaulette Shark - Australia

Hemiscyllium ocellatum

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Care Facts

Care Level: Expert
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Australia
Minimum Tank Size: 200 gallons
Acclimation Time: 3+ hours
Reef Safe: No
Coral Safe: Yes
Invertebrate Safe: No
The Epaulette Shark, Hemiscyllium ocellatum, is found off the coastal waters of Australia. It features large black spots flanking either pectoral fin. It has a slender body, short head, and usually grows to a maximum of under 1 meter. They are often nocturnal choosing to feed on small meaty foods found on the bottom of the ocean/tank. They can actually function as a beneficial sand sifter. The Epaulette Shark requires a large tank. 
The Epaulette Shark is widely regarded as the best shark suitable for the home aquarium. They can breed and require only a minimum 200 gallon tank. They should not be kept with small fishes or inverts however. 

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