Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) Tank Bred
Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) Tank Bred
Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) Tank Bred

Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) Tank Bred

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These magnificent freshwater fish are sure to captivate both beginners and seasoned aquarists alike.


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Bala Sharks, scientifically known as (Balantiocheilos melanopterus), are renowned for their captivating beauty and peaceful demeanor in the world of freshwater aquarium fish. Originating from the rivers and lakes of Southeast Asia, these striking creatures are known by various names, including Silver Sharks and Tricolor Sharks. They are characterized by their sleek, elongated bodies covered in shimmering silver scales, which contrast beautifully with their bold black dorsal fin and vibrant orange tail fin. Bala Sharks are known for their gentle and amiable nature, making them excellent additions to community aquariums. Their graceful movements as they glide through the water create a sense of serenity and elegance in any aquatic environment. These remarkable fish not only enhance the visual appeal of your tank but also add a touch of tranquility to your underwater world.
What we like about this fish:
  • Peaceful Nature: They are known for their calm and gentle demeanor, making them suitable for community aquariums with various fish species.
  • Active Swimmers: Bala Sharks are active swimmers, adding movement and energy to the aquarium, creating a dynamic underwater display.
  • Compatibility: They can coexist harmoniously with a variety of peaceful fish species, such as Tetras, Barbs, and Gouramis, Rainbowfish, Loaches, Corydoras, and Livebearers.
  • Versatile Diet: Bala Sharks are omnivores and readily accept a diverse diet of high-quality flakes, pellets, live, and frozen foods, making feeding convenient.
  • Low Maintenance: They are relatively low-maintenance fish, making them suitable for both beginners and experienced aquarists.
  • Temperature: Maintain a temperature range of 75-82°F (24-28°C).
  • pH Level: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral pH level, ideally between 6.5 and 7.5, although they can tolerate a slightly broader pH range.
  • KH (Carbonate Hardness): Bala Sharks are relatively adaptable to KH levels, but it's typically recommended to keep it within the range of 4-10 dKH.
  • Minimum Tank Size: A minimum tank size of 75 gallons or more is highly recommended for a group of Bala Sharks.
Diet: Bala Sharks are omnivorous and have a varied diet. To ensure their health and vibrancy, offer them a diet that includes high-quality flakes, pellets, and specially formulated fish foods. Additionally, provide live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia to add diversity to their diet. Regularly offering a mix of these food types will keep them well-nourished and satisfied.
Social Behavior: Bala Sharks are known for their peaceful and sociable nature, making them excellent additions to community aquariums. They typically get along with a wide range of fish species, but it's essential to avoid housing them with aggressive or territorial fish. Bala Sharks often exhibit schooling behavior, so it's recommended to keep them in groups of three or more for their well-being and to bring out their natural social tendencies.
Origin: Bala Sharks originate from the freshwater rivers and lakes of Southeast Asia, specifically in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Their natural habitat includes slow-moving waters, and they are often found in the middle and upper water layers of the water column.
Average Adult Size: Bala Sharks can grow quite large, reaching an average adult size of 12-14 inches (30-35 cm) in captivity. Providing a spacious tank is essential to accommodate their size as they mature. In smaller tanks, growth may be stunted, leading to health issues.
Average Purchase Size: At, our Bala Sharks are typically available at an average purchase size of 2.5 inches (6.5 cm). It's important to consider their eventual size when planning your tank and provide ample room for their growth.
Following these care guidelines will help you create a suitable and thriving environment for your Bala Sharks, allowing them to display their graceful behavior and thrive in your aquarium.

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