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Old 09-09-2014, 07:58 PM   #1
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cichlids and bala sharks?

is it safe to put a bala shark in with my mbunas? or will they tear him up?


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Old 09-09-2014, 09:07 PM   #2
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Bala sharks need a very large tank 125 gallons or more IIRC, and are not a good idea with Mbuna because they come from completely different water params
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I agree, balas like to be in groups too. I had one back when I first started out with mbuna and he just didn't fit none of the mbuna bothered him really but he jus stuck out like a sore thumb

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cichlids and bala sharks?

Got 1 in my 130G with large centrals and South Am, he gets no trouble. He's quite big himself though. If you read up on them, most suggest putting them in groups ideally. Mine is happy enough, active, healthy and eats well. Not sure how you would do with Mbuna as a comparison.

I think I'd agree that if you want it for the long term you would need a tank of 125g as they can get seriously big.
And yes, Mbuna need harder water. I have a neutral 7.5 Ph in my tank.


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hmmm i guess ill be skipping the bala shark 😄 thanks guys!


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