Bala Shark

Latin name: (Balantiocheilus melanopterus)

Care Level

Moderate

Temperament

Semi-aggressive

Color(s)

Black, White, Yellow

Diet

Omnivore

Preferred Conditions

Moderate

Avg. Max Size

1' 2"

Minimum Tank Size

125 gallons

Family

Cyprinidae

The Bala Shark, also known as the Silver Shark, is an ideal fish for the experienced aquarist. This fish is a robust and active species that will bring plenty of life and vitality to any aquarium. It is important to provide an environment that mimics the natural habitat of this species; thus, it requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. Additionally, this shark does best in small groups of 3 or more, as they prefer to school in the aquarium. Despite their beauty, unfortunately the breeding habits of the Bala Shark have not been documented. For this reason, it is important to research the lifecycle and proper care of this species before deciding to purchase it. Ultimately, with the right environment, the Bala Shark will be a stunning addition to any aquarium.

The Bala Shark is an omnivore, making it an unfussy eater. They will readily consume flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms and tubifex, as well as vegetable-based foods. Feeding these sharks a variety of foods is essential for their health and well-being. Furthermore, providing a balanced diet will help them to achieve their full potential in terms of size and coloration. Ensuring a regular feeding schedule and providing only the amount of food the shark can consume within a few minutes is recommended.

The approximate purchase size for a medium is 1-1/2″ to 2″.

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