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Old 08-12-2013, 12:25 AM   #1
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Adding balas?

Hi guys and gals. I'm going to get some fish Friday to stock my two new tanks and I thought about geting some bala sharks to go with the gold fish I have now. Its a huge tank but I was wondering if thay would be good tank mates I can't find any info on that. They are both from the carp family and act very alike it would be safe right?
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I personally would not keep goldfish with any tropical fish that prefer warmer temperatures.

What size is your tank? I currently have young bala sharks in a 50 gallon tank which is really too small for them already. But I do small water changes every day and clean filters often to try to make them as comfortable as possible until I can get a larger tank for them.
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Bala sharks are tropical, and goldfish are not. That already doesn't work for them.

Also, Bala sharks are social fish, that enjoy having company. Bala sharks grow HUGE. I believe it's 125 gallons minimum. But preferably 200+ gallons.
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Bala sharks are tropical, and goldfish are not. That already doesn't work for them.

Also, Bala sharks are social fish, that enjoy having company. Bala sharks grow HUGE. I believe it's 125 gallons minimum. But preferably 200+ gallons.
Agreed, good info, plus goldfish are extremely messy
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Old 08-12-2013, 08:55 AM   #5
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My goldfish have always been with tropical fish and they thrive. My goldfish range from 3"-6" and need the same tank size and basicaly the set up. They are extreme jumpers too and their hood is a heavy one. The tank is over 20 gallons I'm not sure how much the privious owner didn't know but its pretty big. I read a 20 gallon was ok to start with and to move from there. I'm moving this may or so and will be getting a bigger tank for them. A 75 gallon and the year after that a 135 gallon. Thank you all for the imput I would love more.
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U can't keep more than one goldfish in a 20g tank the rule is 20g for one 10g for each additional gold fish so do t get any Baka Sharks!!
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For balas you need at least 6 of them and they grow well over 1ft in length. Goldfish are the same but goldfish will last longer if kept in colder water of around 66degrees
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What gallon tank is it?? I would say 180g minimum. Best would be around 220g+ because they are best with a minimum of 6. They like to school and are very very active.
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What gallon tank is it?? I would say 180g minimum. Best would be around 220g+ because they are best with a minimum of 6. They like to school and are very very active.
Atleast 220g
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A 20 gallon is way too small for your stock.
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