Please please please don't just start rattling off random information that you have only read online, I appreciate any help however I've already trawled the forums for information and now I'm looking for actual shark owners to help me avoid making any bad, uninformed decisions.
Okay guys, I am about to start preparing my first decent sized Marine tank. And I'm planning on putting a pair of cat shark in there. Preferably coral but I dare say that I'll be more likely to find an Australian marble. I don't need to worry about sourcing the sharks just yet (however any help there would also be greatly appreciated) The purpose of this is to make sure I am doing everything right while preparing the tank so they adjust well. I would ideally like to hatch my own so obviously the conditions with have to be spot on so they have more likelihood of eating. I'm aware it isn't recommended for first time shark owners but the only evidence I've seen to support that is people just have a whinge on forums so if it's a terrible mistake please let me know.
The tank itself is 2090L x920D x440h (mm) I am happy to buy a ready to install system from someone but would ideally rather set it up from scratch myself to make maintenance and upkeep easier and more effective.
Admittedly I've seen mixed reviews on weather or. It the fish will be happy and comfortable once fully grown in this tank but a lot of signs point to yes. If someone could clear that up for me I'd be much obliged. If everything goes well with these guys and I'm planning on building an acrylic 15L x10D x7H (ft) marine tank in 2 years for a more diverse community anyway so they'll thrive in that.
Also any advice, tricks, tips etc for setting up a relatively automated environmental regulation system for the tank will be greatly appreciated.
I'll be getting the tank on Wednesday and I'd like to get stuck into the purchasing and preparation as soon as possible. So lay it on me please people, water preparation and the filtration system is something I'd definitely like some personal experiences advice on. money isn't unlimited but I'm aware that these aquariums get expensive but and an willing to throw whatever I need to at it to do it right and keep those awesome little creatures comfortable and happy.
oh also, how big will I have to build the unit underneath the tanks to house everything needed discretely. If I can't keep all the plumbing inside it's gunna look like I've got a meth lab on my front porch...
obviously a contained, but dismantle-able filtration and skimming system will be harder to set up but make it easier to move (I'm moving into my own house somewhere between December and a year from now) and maintain. Keep in mind the tank isn't awfully talk either so I can actually get quite a bit under it. And I will have another identical tank I was thinking about converting to a sump and filter unit underneath.
I look forward to any help you have to offer.