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Valerie - 2006-10-02
I have had my small bala sharks for a few weeks now, and i would recommend them to anybody who wishes to start their own aquarium. Over the weeks i have learned a few things about these little fellows.
The first thing i realised was how timid a fish they are. They tend to stay close to one another and tend to hid behind plants (or under the water heater in my case) when you approach the tank too fast or if you turn on the overhead light. They don't seem to mind having other fish in the tank, they do however keep their space. (My friend put in two neons, approximately 1/4" long, and though the bala's ignore them they do tend to stay on the opposite side of the tank.
The bala's also prefer to eat live things. When i put the flake food in the tank sometimes my fish won't eat it. They will if they are hungry but whenever i put in brine shrimp or mosquito larva they go crazy and eat as much as they can, even pushing back their timid tendancies. They don't care if you watch or if the neons are near the food.
I started off my temperature at 76 degrees (farenheit) like most sites recommend. My bala's however did become more active once i raised the temp to 82 degrees. any more or any less and they tend to drift slowly around my tank, while at 82 they seem perfectly happy.
My Bala's however do still pose one problem for me; they jump, frequently, and their bodies prove it. Luckily they heal quickly and any small injuries (black spots on the body, and the occassional loose scale) heal rapidly and do not change the fishes overall behavior.
These fish are very easy to care for.

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Scotty - 2006-10-01
I have been keeping a Longfin Leopard Danios for a while and they do really good with Lyretail Mollys.

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Skizza - 2006-09-13
I've had my silvershark for about three and a half years now. He started off as being about five-six centimetres and being quite skinny. Now he is a well bodied fish about 20cm in length. I found this fish to be quite a fast growing fish feeding on bloodworms. he is quite a timid fish and does scare quite easily.

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... - 2006-09-12
the blue danio is a very hardy fish, my sister kept it with gold fish and platys and it survived the 'green' water!

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mark richardson - 2006-09-09
A quality complement for a cichlid tank, it uses that unused water in the tank.

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Shan Kumarage - 2006-08-30
These Bala Sharks are very very active, but peaceful fish. I have two of them. it's great looking at them going all over the tank! when i feed them, when they come to the top to pick up the food, they make noises. it's great to hear them eating. :))

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Dr. Anand Verma - 2006-08-19
These silver sharks are amazing lively fresh water fish and its great fun to keep, feed and see them swim.

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Celeste - 2006-08-18
I have enjoyed my chinese algae eater for over 13 years. He is 6 1/2 inches long. He lives with a rainbow shark and they run the 30 gal tank. He always messes up the ornaments in the tank, and he hides when you get too close to see him. Its funny. I love him a lot and hope he continues to do great.

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Doug Worth - 2006-08-04
All I can say is that i have a 6ft by 2ft tank with 40 tinfoils in it and its awesome!! I put a really strong air pump in it and they swim in the air current like a school in tight formation. At night with a strong blue or white light and its tranquil heaven. I stare for hours. They like the freeze dried blood worms. Throw it in the tank and they fight and tear it up like a bunch of paranas. Only other fish you can put in with them are fish that are small enough to swim away fast (rummynose or black neons) or of equal or greater aggression. Fish with long fins and forget it. I had a telescope goldfish in there, at first when they were smaller it was no problem but when they got bigger they got more aggressive and constantly went to eat the tail. If you want bigger tinfoils feed them chilid pelets..they eat anything! Also I spared no expense in the filtration system and products to handle more than what the tank and fish can dish out, but it wasnt much. Good luck!!

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carl - 2006-07-27
these are really great tips! i think you should put more on breeding.

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