Bala / Silver Shark Tropical Fish InformationBalantiocheilos melanopterus
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
Bala / Silver Shark (Balantiocheilos melanopterus)
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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.
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