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Old 10-06-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Wanting a bala shark

My son has been wanting a tank ever since I started my hobby... He's completely enthralled with the Bala Sharks... Since you all have more experience than me, I'd love any advice and suggestions you have in regards to this type of fish.
Can I keep them in multiples or must they be kept alone? Tank size? Etc...
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they should be in groups, in a tank about 75+ gallons IMO
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right, they prefer groups and they are darters
55G is fine I think, it will take many years for them to grow big
people do put them in a 10G but they are not all that happy
if you want a shark looking fish for a 10G, consider a red tailed shark or similar loach that swims in any direction

you could get away with a 20G long too, maybe if he wont budge on a different choice, they are not much more expensive tanks
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right, they prefer groups and they are darters
55G is fine I think, it will take many years for them to grow big
people do put them in a 10G but they are not all that happy
if you want a shark looking fish for a 10G, consider a red tailed shark or similar loach that swims in any direction

you could get away with a 20G long too, maybe if he wont budge on a different choice, they are not much more expensive tanks
55 could work depending on other stocking, RTS is too big for 10g, they can't fit in a 20 long IMO
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Guess Petsmart doesn't know what they're talking about... They say 30 gallon is good enough and generally go by 1" fish/ gallon...
Upon looking further 55 gallon seems gigantic for a 6 yr old and unreasonable... What about a rainbow shark or silver tipped shark? Much more pleasing to the eye than the red finned shark..
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:00 PM   #6
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rainbow shark is good
and get like a sunken ship or fake plastic log he can go into

a sliver tip shark is actually a catfish and he will eat your other little fish like neon tetras at night time once he gets big enough
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Rainbow sharks need at least 55 gallons as well. Silver-tipped sharks really shouldn't be kept in anything smaller than a 55 to 75 gallon tank. In my opinion, freshwater "sharks" are like the tangs of the SW tanks. XD They really need a lot of swimming space.
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Guess Petsmart doesn't know what they're talking about... They say 30 gallon is good enough and generally go by 1" fish/ gallon...
Upon looking further 55 gallon seems gigantic for a 6 yr old and unreasonable... What about a rainbow shark or silver tipped shark? Much more pleasing to the eye than the red finned shark..
Id say at least a 30 for either of these. Def no red tailed sharks for a 10
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Rainbow sharks need at least 55 gallons as well. Silver-tipped sharks really shouldn't be kept in anything smaller than a 55 to 75 gallon tank. In my opinion, freshwater "sharks" are like the tangs of the SW tanks. XD They really need a lot of swimming space.
+1. There are no "sharks" which should go in anything less than a 55 gallon IMO/E...especially not a 10 gallon.

Bala sharks get 12-14", are VERY skittish, need to be in schools, require tons of swimming space and the last I heard a minimum 6' tank is recommended for them. IMO...Bala Sharks are one of the species like CAE's which should not be commonly sold for home aquaria. They are not suitable for the vast majority of tanks that people who walk into Petsmart are able to provide.
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Id say at least a 30 for either of these. Def no red tailed sharks for a 10
Nonono. These fish absolutely cannot live in a 30 gallon tank, minimum 5-6 feet (preferrably 6) long.
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