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Japanese Wobbegong

posted: 05/15/12
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Japanese Wobbegong
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The Japanese Wobbegong Shark is also known as the Wobby, Wobbegong, Wobbygone or Wobbygong Shark. It is a bottom-dwelling shark that has a very flattened appearance to the body and "frills" around the mouth. The body is very mottled, allowing it to easily camouflage itself.

To alleviate the chance of acquiring an infection, a fine sand substrate is required in the aquarium, as its abdomen is easily scratched by a coarser substrate. It should never be exposed to copper-based medications. v It may be difficult to encourage it to eat when first introduced into an aquarium; offering small pieces of cleaned squid may be helpful. Then it may be fed shrimp, scallops, or pieces of fresh marine fish.

The Japanese Woggegong Shark should only be kept by expert aquarists.

Fish Facts

Name: Japanese Wobbegong (Orectolobus japonicus)

Family: Orectolobidae

Range: Indo-Pacific, Australia

Size: Up to 4 feet

Diet: Carnivore

Tank Set-up: Marine: Sand, plants

Reef Compatible: No

Tank Conditions: 72-78°F; sg 1.020-1.025; pH 8.1-8.4

Minimum Tank Capacity: 300 gallon

Light: Medium

Temperament: Aggressive

Swimming Level: Bottom

Care Level: Experts only

Reproduction: Egg Layer

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