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Old 06-29-2014, 03:37 AM   #1
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Bala Sharks In 55 Gallon Aquarium?

Yo, I have a 55 gallon aquarium that is already cycled and with a 7in Common Pleco, a pair of 4in Pictus Catfish and a 3in African Leaf Fish. I was wondering if I could top off my tank with three bala sharks. I'm aware that they grow over a foot and need to be in a group of 3+. I will not be adding anymore fish after this.

Question: Is it a bad idea to add 3 bala sharks?


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Old 06-29-2014, 03:58 AM   #2
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If you can move them to a larger tank later then it is fine. If you attempt to maintain them in the 55gal, at some points they will have issues because the tend to swim fast and get jumpy. The will have a heavy bioload that will cause issues as well. It is likely your Leaf Fish will be so stressed it will starve. Unless you have a 90gal-120gal in your future skip the Balas.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:16 PM   #3
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I can probably get a bigger tank but how soon will I need it? How many years can they be in a 55 gallon? At what size do they slow down in growing? I don't want to stunt there growths or anything I heard bad things about that.


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I would honestly advise that you skip it until you upgrade to a larger tank. Your 55g is already too small for your pictus and the pleco. Cramming more fish in too small of a tank is just going to compound the problem.
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I agree with Mebbid, the pleco alone stocks that tank.
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In that case can you guys recommend some other fish that I should have instead? I want a decent sized fish(s) to be the center piece(s) of my aquarium. I already tried angels but the leaf fish just ended up having a snack.


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An opal gourami would probably work
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In that case can you guys recommend some other fish that I should have instead? I want a decent sized fish(s) to be the center piece(s) of my aquarium. I already tried angels but the leaf fish just ended up having a snack.


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Maybe Denison barbs if you can find them cheap?


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I'm looking at the gourmais and RainbowFish and I reading that the gourami can be Aggressive. So would three RainbowFish and a gourami be okay? Or will the gourami attack the RainbowFish?


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