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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-09-2011, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation anyone have Bala Sharks?

I was just curious if anyone had bala sharks? I know this probably isn't the right place to be posting this but I can't seem to find any good Bala shark forums. I was thinking about getting one but probably not for a very long time, but was hoping that there would be someone here that would know about them and what size of tank they would have to be in but I herd they could live in a 20 gallon and be happy, but I do not know if that is true or not.
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Bala sharks get over a foot long and prefer to be in groups so you could not have one in your tank
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Bala sharks get over a foot long and prefer to be in groups so you could not have one in your tank
so they like to be in schools, do you know what their tank requirements are?
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I dont really know abput there requirements, but I think it is like 4 or 5 bala sharks they can each get up to 14 inches in length and require 55 gallons per fish and are not recommended for smaller aquariums
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I dont really know abput there requirements, but I think it is like 4 or 5 bala sharks they can each get up to 14 inches in length and require 55 gallons per fish and are not recommended for smaller aquariums
I know Walmart isn't the best source of information, but when I worked there our fish ID book said Bala sharks only grow to 8 inches.

EDIT: I decided to look it up and the max length I'm finding is 12 inches.
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I dont really know abput there requirements, but I think it is like 4 or 5 bala sharks they can each get up to 14 inches in length and require 55 gallons per fish and are not recommended for smaller aquariums
I am not experienced with these guys but I did research and this is wha came up I do not know if it is right though
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The Bala shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) are really neat species...but as the others have posted...they can get really big...over a foot long and need to be kept in groups since they are a social species, also they will enjoy a heavy planted tank....mild manor-peaceful-yet energetic fast moving fish....so you will need at least 100+ gal tank in the end.....otherwise you can't meet their needs and you can miss all the interesting behaviors they can display....they are omnivorous, scavenger and will eat some algae too...they will eat most anything...usually picking it off the bottom...not a long lived species (5-6yrs) so its best to start out with the proper size tank and not plan an upgrade later.......they may not last that long especially in too small tank to start.....
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The Bala shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) are really neat species...but as the others have posted...they can get really big...over a foot long and need to be kept in groups since they are a social species, also they will enjoy a heavy planted tank....mild manor-peaceful-yet energetic fast moving fish....so you will need at least 100+ gal tank in the end.....otherwise you can't meet their needs and you can miss all the interesting behaviors they can display....they are omnivorous, scavenger and will eat some algae too...they will eat most anything...usually picking it off the bottom...not a long lived species (5-6yrs) so its best to start out with the proper size tank and not plan an upgrade later.......they may not last that long especially in too small tank to start.....
Thank you, that information helped a lot :)
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