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The Bala Shark originally came from Southeast Asia around Indonesia.  They are also known as the Tri Color Shark and they have a silver body with clear fins edged in black.  Bala Sharks are a mild mannered and very active fish that need to be kept in numbers of at least 6.  They look lovely in schools too.  Because of their size and their need to school, an aquarium of more than 75 gallons should be used and it should have lots of open space. Bala Sharks eat flake foods, algae and just about anything you give them.  These fish are extremely difficult to breed, as evidenced by a total lack of information on the subject.

Bala Shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus     Bala Shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Scientific Name: Balantiocheilos melanopterus
Family: Cyprinid
Temperature: 22 - 28 C; 72 - 82 F
pH: 6.8 - 7.2
Size: 17 cm; 7 inches
Life Span: 4 - 10 years
Breeding: Difficult, Egglayer


Barbs, Danios, Gouramis, Rainbowfish,  Loaches, Plecos, one Rainbow Shark, one Red Tailed Shark