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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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my friend has a simalar-looking fish that ate other fish. BE CAREFUL!
a nice fish but very easily spooked. did have three but lost one when it jumped out of the tank when cleaning. put it back quickly but the stress gave it a heart attack and it died suddenly. they do not bother other fish at all but they will eat small fry as i have seen them feed on newborn platies. seem to be quite hardy and are supposed to live up to ten years if well looked after and a bit of luck. would not recommend for tanks less than four feet as a full grown one needs space and even four feet can be considered small when you are a foot or more long. have not bred in the aquarium but they seem to go through some form of display or ritual which looks like a prelude to mating. a beautiful fish and justly popular.
I have had mine for bout a week now and i love it. I highly recommend this fish. It wont bug other fish and even mean(red dot) fish stay away from it. When you buy more then one they stick close by.
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!
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.
sue from Merseyside
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.
I got my 3 bala sharks about a month ago in my 55 gallon. They were about 1/2 inches long. Now they are about 2 inches and they love to eat blood worms. They live with a raphael catfish, a male and female red tailed shark, five algae eaters, four blackskirted tetras, a small catfish, and a goldust molly.
I love my bala's and can't wait to watch them get big.
What I thought was a peaceful fish was swimming around my tank yesterday with a little rummy-nosed tetra in his mouth!!! These fish are great, and fast!!! and remember to keep a lid on thier tank otherwise you will find out how high they can jump! Im hoping the little fish incident was a one off!
Andre may 2005
I have a bala shark that loves my 3 discus, 2 swordtails, 3 corys, pleco, kissing gourami, and frog. I called him Jason. he is about three inches long and eats almost anything. I got him at Christmas.
Karen and Jeff
We have had our bala shark for 5 years and it is now 11 inches long. He lives in a 135 gallon tank. He dominates this tank which has a few friends like the algae eaters, the tiger barbs, the wide mouth shark which is also 11 inches long. There are also a couple of ciclids and a parrot fish. The bala does get spooked very easily and sometimes hits the ends of the tank back and forth. Once, he even jumped out of the tank. Very entertaining to watch. Glad we have him.