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Antony Liu

Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 10:32 pm
Hi peoples,

I am very interested in adopting a school of 6 Bala Sharks...
With the plan of purchasing them young (2" or smaller).

I have read numerous writings and heard stories (agreeable and contradictory) about things like minimum tank size, stunting, growth rate, etc... So, now I'm at a stand-still, hoping to get some accurate info before doing anything.

Currently, I have a 40G with eleven 1.25" Tiger Barbs, partially planted. I was hoping to bring in six 2" sharks and hopefully just let them grow a little while I set up another appropriate permanent home.

My questions, if anyone can help, are:

1) How big and fast will the 2" sharks grow in my 40G setup?

2) What is stunt and when would it start to occur? Is it a terrible thing on the overall life if the fish? (most LFS say, it's OK)

3) What is the absolute smallest tank they (6 of them) will live good in as a permanent home?

If you don't know the answers but have ANY info about these fish, please post anyway!




Lenard Goertz

Thursday, February 21, 2002 - 10:56 pm
With Eleven Tiger Barbs, there is no way you can keep 6 Bala Sharks. Even Without the Barbs they would need a bigger home. Bala can grow to a Whopping 12 inches long. so you would need an 80 gallon aquarium for these fish. They will be fine with the Tigers while your other tank cycles, but they can grow fast. The absolute Smallest tank would be an 80 gallon because they need to grow plus room to swim. Do not stunt the growth of the fish! It doesn't work! It will just prolong your probloms. All fish will grow to their full potential. So if you put them in a smaller tank they will just grow slower. Plus its really bad for the fish because of the immense over crowding. But once this 80 gallon tank is estabelished it will look stunning, and the Balas will thank you for it!

Hope I helped



Friday, February 22, 2002 - 01:14 am
Thanks a lot Len! most helpful... especially knowing that they don't just "stop growing". Most local fish places say they only grow to your tank. I definetly don't want to end up with large fish that suffer and don't move in a tiny tank...

IF I did set up an 80G tank, how much time do you think I can buy with them in my 40G? 1 month? 6 months? how fast will they really grow, considering I fed them once/twice a day?

Again, thanks for any thoughts..




Friday, February 22, 2002 - 11:11 am
as long as they aren't getting picked on or look stressed i would say 6 takes forever for them to get bigger.. you can keep water temperature a little low to decrease metabolism which will make them grow very slow


Lenard Goertz

Friday, February 22, 2002 - 11:50 am
Yes, you could probobly buy alot of time, my lps has had 13 bala's in a 10 gal for 7 months and they havent grown at all! ( of course they havent sold either!) but if you need to save for the tank you don't have to rush to much, just make sure that they are in their within 9-10 months. also keep a close eye on those tigers, they can nip fins! Also don't Turn your heater down, they haet may make them Grow slower but then they are more prone to diseases, and you couldrisk losing them, keep the heat 76-78

Hope I helped


Lenard Goertz

Friday, February 22, 2002 - 11:54 am
Oh, if your buying them that small you'll have probobly a year, to get that big tank in order! just besure to cycle with a good fish like a few zebra danios, then when you put the bala's in the big tank, take the danios out ( if you can catch them! ) and put them with your barbs. those danios are fast enough they can take on those barbs!

Hope I helped



Friday, February 22, 2002 - 12:09 pm
Awesome! Thanks for both of your help! I hear you on the zebra danios... real zippy.. and hogs too (I've found) during feeding time. But then again the Barbs are too.

Just outta curiosity, what do you 2 currently have set up?

Thanks! :-)


Lenard Goertz

Friday, February 22, 2002 - 02:39 pm
I currently have 4 tanks right now. I have one ten gallon with 4 angels, 1 black skirt tetra, 1 cory, 1 small black molly and 1 black kuhli loach. (I know, the angels are only in there until I cycle another tank.) I have a 25 gallon, with 9 guppies, 1 ryukin, 2 very small comets,1 platy and 3 cories. ( no heater) I have a one gallon with one inch long dalmation molly that seems a little sick. And I have a four Gallon bare bottom tank for four baby guppies that came unexpectedly. Oh and I have an indoor pond With one Koi and 4 large Goldfish.




Saturday, February 23, 2002 - 08:34 am
Antony, Another post with "do this", "do that" opinions, and I don't feel you have been answered clearly. To avoid any more confusion, please email me if you are still not sure about these balas.


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