Bala / Silver Shark Tropical Fish Information

Balantiocheilos melanopterus
Bala / Silver Shark
Behaviour Peaceful, active
Typical size 25cm
Max size 30cm
Tank Area All
Min Tank Size 160cm
Min Number in Tank 3
Temp Min: 22℃ Max: 28℃
Feeding Flake, pellet, frozen, live foods. Requires a varied diet.
pH Range 6-8.5
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Silver Shark Balantiocheilos melanopterus
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Bala / Silver Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus)

Bala / Silver Shark Tropical Fish Learn all about the Bala / Silver Shark's feeding habits and food types, its behaviour, its origins, its natural habitats, is it male or female, breeding advice and information, suitable tank mates, its sizing and growth range, minimum tank size, water PH and more. Use our fish community creator tool to plan your tank set up and ensure that the Bala / Silver Shark is the right fish for your aquarium.

The Silver Shark has an instant attraction amongst fishkeepers, partly due to its name but usually due to its stunning sleek shape, robust fin markings and solid silver body. Although the Silver Shark is a good aquarium fish with a peaceful nature, its size excludes it from most aquariums. A 150cm aquarium is an absolute minimum for these fish. Unless you have a large aquarium, do not purchase these fish. The fish prefer plenty of open swimming spaces with only a few hiding spots and should be mixed with other peaceful medium-large fish. Make sure the aquarium has a good hood, as these fish can have a tendency to jump and are easily spooked. Can be prone to bacterial infections.

Bala / Silver Shark Facts

Family Cyprinidae (Carps & Minnows) | Synonyms Barbus melanopterus, Puntius melanopterus, Systomus melanopterus, Balantiocheilus melanopterus | Other names Bala Shark, Bala Sharkminnow, Tricolor Shark, Tricolor Sharkminnow | Origin Southeast Asia; Thailand, Borneo, Sumatra | Natural Water Conditions pH 6-8, very soft to medium | Natural Habitat Large and medium rivers and lakes | Sexing Impossible to tell unless the female is in breeding condition, in which case she will appear fatter

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Please do check your water type for compatibility with your fish, which can be found on the Bala / Silver Shark information box above and your local water company providers website. Don't waste your money and endanger your fish!
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