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The very popular Bala Shark has a perfectly sweet disposition and peacefully goes about minding its own business!
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I Have owned these fish for 5 years and had no problems with them. I have 2 in a 55g tank, lots of fun they are. Didn't know much about them at first but got to know them. As you know, if you own some they do not like to be taken out of the tank to clean it, they will jump all over. When I moved they were out of the tank for 1 hour and one was up side down. Thought that he was a goner but got him in the tank and he was fine. They play a lot and love to hit one another with their tail. Don't know how to breed them. Would love to know how but can't find much about it and if I did breed them it would have to be in a tank of its own as my albino frog wold eat the eggs. Hhe is 6 years old and 10in. Don't know why he is so big but he doesn't seem to bother the Bala Shark or silver shark. If any own knows how to breed them I would love to know how. Thanks.
i just bought some silver sharks just wondering do they hav teeth ? could you please get back to me
I bought a pair of these as I had a heard a lot about them but as silver sharks. I am surprised to know that they are not real sharks!! They were just an inch and a half long but very promising. Now after a month, one has become bigger and other almost the same size. They look like mother and child together!! The bigger one ate the pellets from the beginning but I havent seen the smaller one eating till today. Their actions entice me. I have kept them with goldfish but they are the center of attraction. They have never given a problem till now whereas the albino I have chases the goldfishes.
I bought these fish a month ago as I had heard their fighter-plane like properties.I bought them as silver sharks and they were just one and half inch long. Now I know that they are bala sharks. They looked very promising. They really showed their acrobatics and enticed all my students. But at present, one has grown almost to double (or more) the size and other is almost of the original size. They look like mother and child together!! The bigger one ate pellets from the beginning wheras I haven't seen the small one eating the pellets till today! Anyways, they are not less enchanting.
This is a great site as it gives a thorough knowledge about fishes. Morever, we can hear each other's comments and experiences about our pets. Kudos.
I bought two balasharks of almost the samesize (about 1.5inches long) a month ago and kept them with some goldfishes and an albino shark. One started to eat the pellets from the first day whereas I havent seen the other taking till today. The one taking the pellets has grown bigger, more than double the size of the other, in just a month. Can it because of their eating habits only? The small one is also seen seeking for something in the pebbles though.
I have had two bala sharks for two years in my 75 gallon aquarium together with 2 albino hammer head sharks which are about 10 years old. Six months ago I decided to put them in the pond since the hammer head grew so big that the aquarium leaks frquently. The bala shark does not jump off the edges of the pond and I dont think that they eat live fishes since I added lots of swordtails and mollies. They bred rapidly and the bala shark does not eat the small ones. The bala sharks are good in community tanks.
I have a tank with two bala sharks, three mollies, four feeder fish, two barbs and one tiger barb. They are both 4 inches. I've only had them for a week, but it's great to watch them swim and chase each other. I love bala sharks a lot. Ever since I saw a bala shark, i could never get over them.
Don't let the Bala Shark fool you. He is swift and calm for the most part in the tank but he does like to dominate. I had no ideal he would do what he did but I bought 6 neon tetras to add to my 75 gallon tank and a rainbow shark. They all seemed to be getting along ok all day. The Bala was curious about the tetras but did not seem to hound them. The next morning I got up to feed them and 2 of my neon tetras vanished. The Bala shark ate them. He is the only fish big enough in my tank to do this. He looked quite pleased and content as to say "Thank you for the great meal". My Bala shark is about 6 inches long and thanks to his tetra hunger a little fat in the belly for a week of so.
I have 3 Bala sharks. When we bought them we had no idea they would get so large. They have grown as if on steroids. The largest is about 8" long the other 2 about 6" long. I have to find them a new home now, as they are only in a 55 gal. tank. That is what led me to this web sight. I also have 1 large cichlid and 2 smaller cichlids. The sharks eat pellets voraciously along with flakes, krill, tubifex, and bloodworms. I think they would eat a quarter-pounder with cheese and fries (super-size,of course!),if given the opportunity. They are extremely hardy and not aggressive, but given the tank size cause me to do frequent water changes even though I have an oversized filter (for a 110) and undergravel filtration with oversized powerheads. We have grown to like these fish alot and I know we will miss them, but a larger tank just isn't feasible for us.
This last Sunday I purched two bala sharks and am looking up all my fish to know a little more about them. I didn't know that they were an endangered species, Wow. This site is very helpful and the information is great. Thanks Miss Princess