Species group: Freshwater Sharks
Other common names: Silver Shark; Tricolor Shark; Shark Minnow
Scientific name: Balanteocheilus melanopterus
The Bala Shark is a member of the Cyprinidae family of fish, which includes minnows, and is not a true shark. It is native to river basins in southeast Asia and feeds on small crustaceans, insects and phytoplankton.The Bala Shark is a popular community tank fish because of its appealing look and ability to tolerate a wide range of tank conditions.
Balas can spook easily and jump out of the tank so they need a good lid. Their large size make them a challenge to keep in tanks under 75 gallons.
They are easy to feed accepting flake foods and pellets.
It has a silver-colored torpedo-shaped body with large fins that have black margins.
Bala Sharks are semi-aggressive. They will nip at the fins of fish with long tails and tend to be too active for shy fish. Balas will eat smaller fish if they will fit in thier mouths which isn't an issue when they're small but becomes one when they are a full 14". Bala Sharks will school if they are in a large enough tank but do fine alone too.
Bala Sharks are active, fast-swimming schooling fish, which means they require large tanks with adequate swimming space. A minimum of 55 gallons is recommended for one and 100 gallons for a school. Because they are easily freaked out and tend to jump out of the water, the tank should be well planted, preferably with floating plants and equipped with a tight-fitting lid. The ideal tank conditions include a steady current with excellent filtration.
75 - 82 °F
6.5 - 7.0
flashy appearance, beautiful silver bodies, semiaggressive community aquarium, darting
adult size, LARGE tanks, nippers, good jumpers, tightfitting lid, Skittish schooling fish
popular aquarium fish, bold blacktipped fins
A fun, larger fish
Bala sharks are a really fun fish to have. They are fairly large, but still like a few buddies to school with. They are in the semi-aggressive category of fish, so it's important not to put them with the tiny non-aggressive fish. I owned a couple that kind of bullied other fish, so keep an eye on them. Though usually they are pretty friendly. They can grow, so make sure to have a tank big enough. .
From L Sand CVT Feb 25 2018 9:05PM
Copper works when dosed correctly
Copper sulfate is a heavy metal that when dosed correctly, kills Chilodonella. The idea is to kill the parasite and not harm the fish. Dosing is based on the alkalinity (carbonate hardness) of the water. Copper toxicity increases as carbonates decrease, so a lower dose is required in low-alkalinity water. Charts can be found online. You'll need a copper test kit and alkalinity test kit to dose in the best manner. Otherwise, follow the directions on the treatment label.Avoid chelated or complexed copper medications. They are not effective..
From James 372 days ago