Other Bala Shark Names:
Bala Shark, Silver Shark, Tricolor Shark
Bala Shark Scientific Name:
Balantiocheilos melanopterus, Barbus melanopterus, Puntius melanopterus
Bala Shark Temperament:
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:
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.
Bala Shark Diseases:
None specifc to species
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