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Ben, CA - 2005-08-23
I had two and one jumped. I found him two weeks later stiff as board inside my piggy bank. Great fish but keep the tank covered.

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jeff - 2005-08-05
I put a few of these in my pond, now there are hundreds. The pond freezes in winter and these guys come back to life when it thaws.

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Adam Leikness - 2005-08-01
I have a long 50 gallon tank with 5 bala sharks. They are awesome! They swim back and forth in the tank and are fun to watch. They do best in schools! In the same tank there is a Tiger Oscer Cichlid, 2 Chinese Algae Eaters, 1 Plecostomus, 3 Mystus Catfish, and 8 crabs! It's a wonderful tank, and I highly recommend Bala Sharks! Just make sure to have a big tank and not to many fish!

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Kami - 2005-07-29
We call our algae eater 'the freak'. He is three or four years old and about seven inches long. As a youngin' he would hide and stay towards the bottom of the tank. Now he is clearly visible and somewhat aggressive. We named him 'the freak' because he dives head first into the gravel creating large holes and tunnels. He often buries himself leaving only his nose and eyes visible. The top of the power heads are also a favorite resting spot of his. He's cool, we love him. My only warning is the size... I never imagined he would get so big. Keep this in mind and avoid other bottom feeders or algae eaters with this one. Currently we own three large tanks. One with african cichlids, one south american cichlids and one with community fish where our 'freak' resides. Happy fishing :) !

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-[?]- - 2005-07-26
Awesome fish, they are one of the best fishes. they like to eat fish, vegetables, flakes, tubifex worms, and a lot more. They have a feud in my tank against the giant danios, looks strange how they attack.
They really dont have as much colour as the tiger barbs in my tank, but they are just as good. They really aren't shy fish, they eat right off my hands sometimes when I feed some fish in the bottom like loaches. they are very good community fish and belong in a community tank but would do good in a aggresive tank too. They really aren't afriad of my oscar or some smaller cichlids.

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Sabrina - 2005-07-26
I have had my Chinese Algae eater for about three months now, and he is 4" long all ready. He leaves everyone alone in the tank except for the occassional chase around the tank with the 4-1/2" red tail shark that is in there. The other fish in the tank are smaller then him. He keeps my tank clean, and it is a 38 U.S.Gallon tank. For Algae wise it is just him and a Dojo loach that clean the whole thing and my tank is always sparkling clean. I would recommend him to others, but I think that every fish is different. Every fish has a different disposition within the same breeds.

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-[?]- - 2005-07-26
Bala sharks are very shy fish. they are actually afraid of everything, even small fish like tiger barbs. They don't really eat while your looking at them but they eventually eat, they're awesome in a large group and look pretty fine too.
Their body glows when the light is on and looks good in planted tank.

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amber holliday - 2005-07-22
i bought 3 and only one lived. i have had it for almost 2 years and he has grown to 5.5" in a 20 gallon tank. now he is in a 30, and i hope he gets bigger.

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sue from Merseyside - 2005-07-10
Our two bala sharks have lived in a community tank for 3 years and are now approx 3to4 inches long. Disgusting noises when fed! Have to mind fingers!
Recently have taken to synchronised swimming, extremely complicated sequences mirrored perfectly!! Brilliant to watch. Share 50 gallon tank with three angels, neon and rummy nosed tetras, a flying fox, assorted platys and gouramis and a very shy catfish.

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samkit - 2005-06-30
Al was about one inch long when I bought him, now he's about four and a half, I think (I'm bad at judging such things). Very shy, will swim and hide under the tree stump decoration. I have a small school of Neon Tetras in the tank as well and have had no problems between the species (that I've seen). Fin rot withered down Al's pectoral fins and added a split in the middle of his tail, but that doesn't seem to have bothered him. I've occasionally seen him stuck to the glass or nibbling algae growth off the outside of the tree stump, so he's doing his job. Even though he's so shy that I rarely see more than just his head in the entrance of the tree stump, I still think he's very beautiful and would definately add a Chinese Algae Eater to any future fish communities.

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