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Old 09-30-2012, 11:31 PM   #31
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Also a quick note, i was at petco today and still saw a sign for a doller per gallon not sure how long it will list
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The reason people keep repeating themselves is because a lot of people don't do their research, get fish such as bala sharks, then end up killing them because they failed to accept the advice given to them. I don't care if you choose to upgrade or not... you've been given pretty decent advice as far as size considerations (as in, needing a 6' tank or bigger) so it's up to you whether to listen to the advice or not. Had you accepted the advice and appeared to be somewhat more receptive to it, I think this thread would have taken a much softer tone.

To be honest, I don't think bala sharks should be sold in your typical LFS. These fish will outgrow even some of the larger home aquariums (200+) if given the right conditions, yet many people buy them because they have the word 'shark' in their name and they think that makes them cool, not realizing that these fish will grow quite massive (and downright ugly IMO).

Nothing wrong with growing fish out, but you're destined to fail in such a small tank if you don't get something 4' or bigger fairly quick. These fish like to swim a lot, and a 10g (that already sounds like it's at max capacity or more) is not going to keep one happy very long at all.
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Old 10-01-2012, 01:27 AM   #33
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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?
Yes but Zoos do their best to give the animals what they can. They give the plenty of room, foods they each like environments they live in etc. If you could not properly house him, why make him suffer while you figure out what to do. Zoos do not stick Tigers in the lizard cage and say they will move him later. When I first started here I acquired a tank that was well over stocked. I took the advice from members here and returned those larger fish and those that did not belong. I did not want too, but it was best for them. Now I have a much larger tank, and I make sure I do my best to get appropriate fish. Yes the bala will outgrow his 55, bit 55 is far better than 10. And the $1 per gallon sale is at petco. I am looking to get the 135 they have. They are not opinions. They are facts. Balas need more room. What if you cannot get a new tank for months or even a year. The fish has to suffer? Take the advice of the guys here. Don't be so defensive.

Note too this fish will grow PAST 6 inches. You are looking at nearing 16 inches. A simple 2 second google of him will tell you everything about him.
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Okay, I got my birthday present early: I bought a bala shark today and while choosing him noticed store put together red tail sharks and balas, the red tails were bullying ALL of the balas! I brought this to their attention and requested they separate them or the balas will suffer from stress, get nipped and chewed on, then die. They had no idea this was happening, knew nothing about their fish. No brochures, no books, no guides for shoppers. I'll check back with them to see if they took my advice. So, the 2.5" bala I brought home should be happy to be out of that environment! He is doing fine, does resemble a shark in that he is silver/gray with black tipped fins, the closest I'll ever get to owning a shark. I would prefer to be in a shark cage right now, but can't. I don't live near any oceans. I hope he grows to 6" like I read they do, had I known they were going to undercharge me for him, I would have liked two.

If anyone who reads this owns a bala and can give tips on their experience it would be great! I can hardly stop looking at my tank, its very natural with live plants and rock caves. Fish have been and still are a nice hobby for me plus I have second tank, brackish, with red claw crabs. I love both and watching them just fascinates me more than the shopping channels. Wish I had gotten 2 balas now, but they had more if I need another one. Hope to hear from someone who likes balas as much as I do!
This is a bala and a 10 gallon fyi
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:01 AM   #35
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Also a quick note, i was at petco today and still saw a sign for a doller per gallon not sure how long it will list
In case you were writing to me, a dollar per gallon of what? You don't mean fish do you? The pet store closest to me had a $1 fish sale where I bought some fish that normally were $4-$6 each. Its hard to pass that up when I find the sale one day before it ends. I guess I got lucky finding it, it was not advertised and I found out they only do this twice a year. If I waited until the next day, there would have been less fish to choose from, other people had been buying alot of them, I found what was leftover. A sale like this is unheard of in other pet stores. I also learned when they run out of let's say a particular fish or product, sometimes they either never have it again or I wait for a month or more until the store has it. I know they never know what comes in on their trucks which causes some customers who can't wait a month to go to another store. But, that's the way things work. I never know what I'm going to find until I go in a store.
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They meant $1 a gallon for tanks.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:30 PM   #37
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They meant $1 a gallon for tanks.
Oh, now I see what you mean, your prices are better than here.
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This is a bala and a 10 gallon fyi
Oh, you do have them in jumbo size! Maybe yours are raised/fed differently, no one here that I've seen or talked to has one that big. Did it take any steroids or growth hormones? Just curious...
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Yes but Zoos do their best to give the animals what they can. They give the plenty of room, foods they each like environments they live in etc. If you could not properly house him, why make him suffer while you figure out what to do. Zoos do not stick Tigers in the lizard cage and say they will move him later. When I first started here I acquired a tank that was well over stocked. I took the advice from members here and returned those larger fish and those that did not belong. I did not want too, but it was best for them. Now I have a much larger tank, and I make sure I do my best to get appropriate fish. Yes the bala will outgrow his 55, bit 55 is far better than 10. And the $1 per gallon sale is at petco. I am looking to get the 135 they have. They are not opinions. They are facts. Balas need more room. What if you cannot get a new tank for months or even a year. The fish has to suffer? Take the advice of the guys here. Don't be so defensive.

Note too this fish will grow PAST 6 inches. You are looking at nearing 16 inches. A simple 2 second google of him will tell you everything about him.
Thanks for writing, as I said earlier, I plan on moving him to a larger tank. No, it won't be months or a year before I get one. In fact, I know where it will be placed in our house. Only reason I seem defensive is from repeating myself, now today I am lacking alot of sleep from an issue yesterday, not the bala thing, its something else. I will google this fish, right now he is admiring the heater and banana plant. No way would I let a fish suffer, maybe you perceived that somehow, even when I said I was getting a larger tank. I have some critical decisions to make right now about other issues that are a great priority.
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Oh, you do have them in jumbo size! Maybe yours are raised/fed differently, no one here that I've seen or talked to has one that big. Did it take any steroids or growth hormones? Just curious...
Bala sharks are all the same and get to the same size. It doesn't matter where you live. 14-16".
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