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Old 09-30-2012, 09:20 PM   #21
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Heya just wanted to clear up, balas get a lot bigger than 6", usually topping out around a foot or more. I've seen some in LFS display tanks that have made that size easily. The good news is it takes them a long time to get that big.
Thank you for writing, I know he won't get that big that fast. I have other arrangements if he did! Glad you wrote and explained they don't grow big over night, over a week, month, or maybe even a year. I am glad I did not get a red tail, I wanted to, until I watched their behavior. The balas weren't nipping or chasing, the red tails were, otherwise I might have gotten one of those instead. The bala looks more like a shark to me, and I've been watching him all day and he is as peaceful as the rest of the fish. I'm glad I got him actually.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:30 PM   #22
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I understand, I am not telling you you have to upgrade immediately or your fish are going to explode. Balas can get up to 16 inches in size. I am not saying he is going to poof that large anytime soon, but he will be stunted before you realize. I am only stressing the importance of a bigger tank as soon as you are able and that it is a wiser choice to only buy fish if you can provide the necessary habitat for them at the current time. Your tank is, as most people on here will agree, largely overstocked at the moment. The nitrates in your tank are probably higher than you realize, and as I am sure you tank good care of your tank, I still think your fish are living in poor conditions.

You did not live in a bedroom with ten people, nor do you eat, sleep, and expel waste all in that area.
I decided I am going to take a break from the bala shark thing, I don't want to keep repeating myself about getting another tank or how to handle bala if he grows to 5' overnight. If he does, I'll call the zoo hotline and pay them to pick him up. They have ways to transport very large fish. I'll even keep you posted on him, I hope you don't lose sleep, I'll be here. Better get my pj's on and look at my tank before I feed the cat and go to bed.
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Old 09-30-2012, 09:49 PM   #23
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Ours is currently ~5 - 6". He is actually one of the most calm fish we have, until the lights go out, then he is darting around, swimming in and out of the rocks, weaving through all the plants etc.

In the time we have have had him, we have not seen him chasing or "nipping" at the others in the tank. As I said, he hangs out with the 6 cory cats we have. Feeding him is a blast, he starts from the bottom rushes to the top, grabs whatever he is going for and rushes back down, all in milliseconds, if the hood is open when he does, be ready for a wave of water lol.

He also seems to know when I am around the tank because comes out near glass and follows me back and forth, does not do this with anyone else in the house. I am looking into a 135 gallon tank here locally, may pick it up and get 3 - 4 more and devote a tank to just him and his buddies, I feel bad that he was the only one, unfortunately he was the only one in the tank when I purchased him, so I only got the one. I hope he is not getting confused about what he is, since he hangs with the cory cats...

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I decided I am going to take a break from the bala shark thing, I don't want to keep repeating myself about getting another tank or how to handle bala if he grows to 5' overnight. If he does, I'll call the zoo hotline and pay them to pick him up. They have ways to transport very large fish. I'll even keep you posted on him, I hope you don't lose sleep, I'll be here. Better get my pj's on and look at my tank before I feed the cat and go to bed.
I do not believe he / she is trying to be rude. He is simply stating that the fish himself would be happier in a larger tank. Even being small, he still has requirements for swimming around, territories etc. While the bala may "fit" in the 10 gallon tank, it is not his optimal placement, especially for extended periods of time like a few months. They are just letting you know that his current conditions do not fit his needs, no one is trying to be mean or rude, just giving you the information, especially since you were misinformed regarding how large they grow etc.
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Old 09-30-2012, 10:02 PM   #24
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I don't have room for a 55 or 100 gallon tank, don't know anyone around here who does except for nursing homes. I would prefer people be helpful rather than say they think I need a huge tank, yes I'd love a huge tank, would also love to own my own real shark, but I can't do that either. Wish I could. All I wanted to know from others is traits of a bala and what their experience was with them.
I don't "think" you need a bigger tank sweetie I "know" you do if you want to keep that Bala.

Please keep us updated on how your doing with your fish.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:06 PM   #25
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Actually, there are a lot of people on this forum that have tanks that large. I am not saying your bala is in danger because of his growth, I am saying your tank is in danger due to the large amount of fish you have in your tank. Livebearers are huge waste outputters, especially mollies. I am only trying to help you from future issues. I would move the fish to other tanks if you can. And if I were you, I would indeed move the bala to the store.

No where did anyone say he was going to get that size overnight. I am saying again that he will need a much, much larger tank in the future. I am not rushing you to get a larger tank. If you do not ever plan on getting a tank bigger than 55 gallons, then bala sharks are not for you. I am not being rude, nor telling you what to do. I am simply saying that balas get huge, more than a foot, and a 55 gallon is simply not a suitable home for one.
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:07 PM   #26
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Ours is currently ~5 - 6". He is actually one of the most calm fish we have, until the lights go out, then he is darting around, swimming in and out of the rocks, weaving through all the plants etc.

In the time we have have had him, we have not seen him chasing or "nipping" at the others in the tank. As I said, he hangs out with the 6 cory cats we have. Feeding him is a blast, he starts from the bottom rushes to the top, grabs whatever he is going for and rushes back down, all in milliseconds, if the hood is open when he does, be ready for a wave of water lol.

He also seems to know when I am around the tank because comes out near glass and follows me back and forth, does not do this with anyone else in the house. I am looking into a 135 gallon tank here locally, may pick it up and get 3 - 4 more and devote a tank to just him and his buddies, I feel bad that he was the only one, unfortunately he was the only one in the tank when I purchased him, so I only got the one. I hope he is not getting confused about what he is, since he hangs with the cory cats...



I do not believe he / she is trying to be rude. He is simply stating that the fish himself would be happier in a larger tank. Even being small, he still has requirements for swimming around, territories etc. While the bala may "fit" in the 10 gallon tank, it is not his optimal placement, especially for extended periods of time like a few months. They are just letting you know that his current conditions do not fit his needs, no one is trying to be mean or rude, just giving you the information, especially since you were misinformed regarding how large they grow etc.
I know any fish would be happier in a larger tank, hamsters would be happier in a larger cage, zoo animals would be happier in a more natural and larger environment, I would be happier in a larger house. I will observe the bala and see how fast he grows, I will have time to transfer him to another tank, I can't do it this week. Yes, the stores do misinform people because they have no idea sometimes what they are selling. I think the pet stores should all have literature or at least a guide with a fact sheet on pets in general. I questioned how these sharks were kept today and the employee was so surprised, it told me she had no idea of traits of these fish. Months ago I asked a pet store why they did not give their hamsters a wheel, and I was told 3 different answers from the same person, and all 3 were ridiculous. Other stores give their hamsters a wheel, I think there is no excuse to not put a wheel in a hamster cage. I can't imagine the reasoning they had, they made silly excuses. But getting back to the bala, if he grows that big I will move him, this has occurred to me. I am glad you wrote about your bala but I think I might change to another topic so I don't have to keep saying I will get a larger tank when I can. I'd rather talk about something other than my bala shark.

And I would be happier if responses were different, but people have their opinions and I've answered their posts, and I did say this fish would grow to 6" and he is not even close to that size yet. I'll make sure he is cared for properly by getting a larger tank but I can't do it right now. There are reasons for this and I don't need to explain further. Does what I wrote help you?
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Old 09-30-2012, 11:11 PM   #27
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But you don't know how many fish I have, there are reasons I can't get a larger tank at this time. But I read balas grow to 6", he won't grow that fast before I get a larger aquarium. He will be alright, I'll keep you posted.
how many fish do you have? i hate to see corys suffer if they are over crowded
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It's so important to upgrade him as soon as you can because fish will get stunted. The fish will grow to its tank size externally, but it's organs will continue growing. I do not know if you were aware of this. It is a slow, painful death for the poor fish.

You can not expect our answers to be what you want to hear. We are telling you straight up about balas and how they need large tanks. You made a thread about your bala, you will have to assume we are going to tell you what they need to properly be housed.
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Actually, there are a lot of people on this forum that have tanks that large. I am not saying your bala is in danger because of his growth, I am saying your tank is in danger due to the large amount of fish you have in your tank. Livebearers are huge waste outputters, especially mollies. I am only trying to help you from future issues. I would move the fish to other tanks if you can. And if I were you, I would indeed move the bala to the store.

No where did anyone say he was going to get that size overnight. I am saying again that he will need a much, much larger tank in the future. I am not rushing you to get a larger tank. If you do not ever plan on getting a tank bigger than 55 gallons, then bala sharks are not for you. I am not being rude, nor telling you what to do. I am simply saying that balas get huge, more than a foot, and a 55 gallon is simply not a suitable home for one.

I was about to turn my computer off and go to bed when I saw your message. I understand what you are saying, glad you wrote, I will do what I can when I can, I don't know that its helping when people keep harping on me about his size changing to 14 or 16". He is not going to grow that big that fast. I can move him to the store if I have to, I don't need to do it right now, it has to wait, I have other issues I'm handling. The bala shark will be ok until he is moved. Do you see what I am trying to say? I hope again, this helps. I will take care of him, he is my favorite right now, well, they all are nice fish, he is the coolest one I have. I also have a brackish tank with RCC's and it is set up as natural as possible: live plants, driftwood, tree house, sand, pebbles, they have rock caves, I even got them a ladder. They're happy to be here, the store did not add salt in their habitat. They have a better chance living here, they also have a heater.
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It's so important to upgrade him as soon as you can because fish will get stunted. The fish will grow to its tank size externally, but it's organs will continue growing. I do not know if you were aware of this. It is a slow, painful death for the poor fish.

You can not expect our answers to be what you want to hear. We are telling you straight up about balas and how they need large tanks. You made a thread about your bala, you will have to assume we are going to tell you what they need to properly be housed.
Its ok you tell me, I'm here to learn which is what I thought a forum was for. Its not that I want to hear something in particular. I know he will grow but it won't be overnight or next week. In fact, anticipating he could get that big helps me plan on getting larger tank sooner. I will make sure he is taken care of properly and I can keep you all posted. I had a pleco that grew to about 12" and he was transferred to a store with a huge tank and he was so happy. I felt better knowing he was happy. I won't let this fish get that big before I change his environment. I've got to feed the cat, let the dogs out, feed my crabs, brush my teeth, put dishes away, then go to bed. I can write and give updates. Thanks for writing, hope you know I will move him when I can.
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