The Short Tail Nurse Shark originates from the Western Indian Ocean along areas off the coast of Africa. However, the species sold here are captive-bred by ORA, which is fortunate because the wild population is currently labeled as vulnerable. There is no shark that is good for beginners or newer hobbyists, but there are some that are easier than others. Although the Short Tail Nurse Shark is considered expert only, there are other sharks that are much more difficult to keep. The Short Tail Nurse Shark needs an aquarium of at least 200 gallons as it can grow to 2.5 feet long. They require a low stress environment with pristine water conditions. This could be difficult considering this shark needs to eat quite a bit and can be messy. Because the Short Tail Nurse Shark is nocturnal, it will need to be fed at night or early in the morning. If you find that the shark is active during the day, it is likely not getting fed enough. Feed a variety of fresh, raw seafood such as fish, squid, shrimp, or clam. This shark has a rounded, blunt head and an elongated body with short fins. It has a rich, dark brown coloration. It has a tendency to rest upside down or on its side for long periods of time. If you see this, it is normal.
Purchase Size: 6-8″
Feeding: Carnivore. Feed a wide variety of fresh meaty foods such as whole shrimp, fish, and squid.
Water Parameters: ~78° F, dKH 8-12, pH 8.1-8.4, sg 1.020-1.025
Reef safe: No
By purchasing captive-bred sharks, you are helping the ocean by discouraging the harmful wild-caught trade while supporting the captive-bred industry. This is especially important because the Short Tail Nurse Shark has a vulnerable conservation status. Captive-bred animals are less likely to carry diseases the wild-caught specimens would bring from the ocean. They are also hardier and better adapted for aquarium life.