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Bala Shark

Overall satisfaction

3.5/5

Acquired: Fish / pet store

Appearance

4/5

Health

3/5

Easy to Feed

5/5

Easy Environment Needs

3/5

Compatibility with other species

5/5

Compatibility with own species

5/5

Activity Level

5/5

Visibility

5/5

Breeding

N/A

Interaction with owner

4/5

Keep the lid on for these guys

By

Massachusetts, United States

Posted Aug 10, 2014

Bala Sharks, or Silver Sharks, are easy to obtain at local pet stores. They are not real sharks, but their streamlined body and constant swimming are "shark"-like. Bala sharks are easy in terms of feeding, though they do demand generally good water conditions, preferably soft and slightly acidic. They tend to be quite sensitive to nitrate buildup or sudden changes in temperature so these should be monitored carefully. Bala shark (see photo by "Bala-shark" by Gogo78 - Own work. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bala-shark.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Bala-shark.jpg) are peaceful fish that are a good addition to a community tank, preferably planted with ample space to swim. These are exceptionally active fish that swim almost constantly. Being powerful swimmers they are also good jumpers and open top aquariums are an invitation for trouble. For the same reason, netting these fish for any reason is quite the challenge. They grow quickly and can easily reach 3-4 inches or longer. In general, Bala sharks are easy to maintain, offer a lot of visual pleasure and are entirely peaceful. They are, however, very sensitive to new tank syndrome, so only add them after your tank has a well established nitrogen cycle.

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