Bala Shark

Other Bala Shark Names: Bala Shark, Silver Shark, Tricolor Shark

Bala Shark Scientific Name: Balantiocheilos melanopterus, Barbus melanopterus, Puntius melanopterus

Bala Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus))

Temperature Range: 72°F-82°F
pH Range: 6.2-7.8
Hardness Range: 5-15°

Family: Cyprinidae

Species Type: Cyprinids

Bala Shark Adult Size: 14 inches (cm)

Bala Shark Life Expectancy: 10 years

Bala Shark Habitat: Asian Rivers

Bala Shark Minimum Tank Size: 120 gallons

Bala Shark Temperament: Schooling; Usually peaceful and passive but will violently attack invertabrates, such as ghost shrimp and snails as they make up a major part of its diet in the wild. The greater number of sharks in the school the bolder they will be; single specimens are extremely timid.

Bala Shark Diet & Nutrition: Carnivorous - does well with flake or pellet foods supplimented with worms and live snails.

Bala Shark Description: Bala Sharks require a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This Cyprinid does best in small groups of 3 or more, as they prefer to school in the aquarium. Feed with flakes or worms. Very large tanks are recommended. Easy to keep. A heavy cover on the tank is much needed, as Bala Sharks can jump up to six feet in the air!

Tank Mate Compatibility: Danios, Guppies, Swordtails and Corydoras

Bala Shark Breeding & Spawning: This species is too large to breed in an aquarium.

Determining Bala Shark Sex: Females tend to have a rounder belly.

Aquarium Region: All over

Bala Shark Diseases: None specifc to species

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