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Balas are quite susceptible to Ich/Whitespotdisease and sensitive to copper, formalin and Malachite Green basedpreparations (the majority of fish medications). They should be treatedwith half-doses here along with elevated temperature (to the mid80's F.). If other livestock can tolerate it, the use of aquariumsalt at a rate of a level teaspoon per ten gallons may be helpful.
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You have to avoid certain fish for an aquarium with bala sharks. Anything small enough to fit in their mouths has a high risk of becoming a snack. However, despite bala sharks' unusual size, these fish are pushovers. So avoid aggressive fish or fin-nipping fish. Bala sharks can't thrive when other fish pick on them. These fish are also jumpers like the Bala shark so be sure to keep your tank covered.
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I have kept Bala Sharks for years and have just two suggestions you should remember about them: First, keep them in groups of at least four. They are schooling fish and keeping them in numbers will help them thrive in a tank of more aggressive fish like cichlids. Secondly, keep a tight fit on the tank and do not scare them when cleaning. These fish can jump up to six feet high out of your tank! They won't survive hitting the floor, so keep a patient, gentle demeanor when cleaning.Bala Sharks are peaceful but skittish fish that require a lot of room to swim at high speeds. They are also schooling fish that need companions. This is key for the best keeping of this fish, as mine have actually maxed out at 14", not 10". They also lose their slender, minnow-like form and grow deeper, so they require a tank that is both tall and long. I wouldn't recommend this species for anything lower than a 75 gallon tank, anything less will stunt the animal. I've kept this species for years and it really is a treat if you can provide the room it needs to thrive. A gorgeous fish for aquarium use, the"Minnow Shark" called the Bala or Tri-color shark has much torecommend it besides good looks. It's relatively hardy, acceptsmost all foods with gusto, and is gorgeously silver white bodied withblack outlines on its fins... The only downsides to keeping this fishare its ultimate large size and skittish behavior... the last often acause of loss from the Tri-color jumping right out of its tank orseriously injuring itself from thumping against the top, side oraquarium decor. Of course a good deal can be done to prevent thislatter trait from becoming a problem... Providing an overly largeenvironment with hiding/shaded areas, completely covering the top toprevent escape. Bala sharks are minnows... members of the FamilyCyprinidae; one of the largest groupings of living fishes, with some2.010 described species. This large family includes many other commonfreshwater aquarium fishes such as goldfish, koi, barbs, danios,rasboras, the White Cloud Mountainfish (Tanichthys albonubes), as wellas other "minnow sharks" like the Redtail, Redfin or Rainbow,Black, Variegated, Apollo... sharks among others. Though Balantiocheilus melanopterus is just asprone to ich as most tropicals, it is most often lost due toenvironmental/stress reasons... being allowed to get "toothin", particularly in processing/shipping... and being placed inthe wrong setting. Other than this, a huge reason for their loss isbeing placed, kept in too small quarters. This fish needs room... andhow! This fish grows to some 14 inches... and quickly given good waterquality and adequate nutrition. It needs a system of at least nominalfour foot length.I have three 7" Bala sharks, and they are truly amazing fish. They get along well with my Barbs, Pictus Cats, and Clown Loaches. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to add color and life to their setup.