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Balantiocheilus melanopterus


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From: T
I just got a bala shark today at the pet store. The first one jumped right out of the bag. They got me another one. It put it into my tank with two oscars and a pleco after all the usual routine. It fit in perfectly, but the bigger oscar is trying to bully it a little. The little oscar is happy it's not being bullied as much anymore.

From: Krystal
I have had a bala shark and he was very aggressive and always tended to bite the other fish in the tank so we had to take him back. We observed that maybe he only does well with his species and when he went into the stores tank he was triple the size of the other bala's

From: Kevin
I have two Balas with an Angel and a pleco in a 29gal eclipse set-up. The angel is a full grown 4 yr old fish that terrorized everything else I put in the tank except for the pleco. I bought the sharks because the store said they are semi-agressive, and I tought they might stand a chance against the angel. Hooray! The angle is not very bothered by the sharks, and only chases them once in a while if they try to take food from in front of him. The sharks were "mediums" that I've had for about 6 months. They seem very healthy and are about 3 inches long. They do jump! The eclipse keeps em in tho. Like some posts on this site, I think they are docile and not agressive, but they are quick enough or plain just not stressed by the much bigger angel. I have noticed a peculiar behavior lately, it looks like they are mating! They align themselves nearly perpendiculal to one another, with one on top, and wiggle their tail fins-sometimes while they swim around the tank. They maintain contact as they swim around. Anyone else seen this?

From: Heath
They do well in large aquaria with a few plants, driftwood, and rocks; with Snakeskin gouramis, tinfoil barbs, clown loaches,silver dollars, many other species.

From: Fawn
I have a 55 gallon tank with one Bala, some Zebra Danios, one Betta and a couple of Corys. My Bala is very peaceful, but hides half of the day. He seems to be thriving other than being shy. Since he/she is a schooling fish I think if I add three or more of them he might come out more often. He helps my Corys eat their algae tablets at night and clicks loudly while doing so. Quite an amusing and beautiful fish. Highly recommended.






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