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The Bala Shark, also known as Balantiocheilos melanopterus, is a popular freshwater fish species that originates from Southeast Asia. Despite its name, the Bala Shark is not a true shark, but a type of cyprinid fish that has a similar body shape to a shark.


The Bala Shark can grow up to 14 inches in length, making them a larger fish that requires a spacious aquarium. A minimum tank size of 125 gallons is recommended to accommodate their size and active nature. They prefer a well-planted tank with plenty of open swimming areas and moderate to strong water flow.


These fish are generally peaceful and can be kept with other large, peaceful species, but they may become territorial towards their own species, especially during breeding. It's important to provide adequate space and hiding places to prevent aggression.


Bala Sharks are omnivores and will eat a variety of foods, including flakes, pellets, frozen or live foods, and vegetables. A varied diet is recommended to ensure they receive all the necessary nutrients for optimal health.


The Bala Shark's unique characteristic is its silver body with black tips on its fins, giving it a striking appearance in the aquarium. They are active swimmers and provide a great centerpiece to any large community aquarium.


Water Parameters:

  • pH: 6.5-7.5
  • gH: 4-10
  • kH: 4-8
  • TDS: 150-300
  • Temperature: 72-82°F


Please note that these are general guidelines, and for more accurate values, we encourage you to contact Living Aquarium by phone or in person. Within store hours, our team of experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have and provide personalized guidance on care.

Bala Shark

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