Bala Shark Scientific Name
Bala Shark Family
They are in the family of Cyprinidae. They are also one of the species in the genus Balantiocheilos
Bala Shark Origin
This fish is native to the Mekong and Chao Phraya River basins. You will also be able to find them in Borneo and Sumatra.
Bala Shark Description
This fish is not really a shark; it is called this though because of its torpedo shaped body and very large fins. The coloring is silver with black on the fins. These fish may grow to be too big for the normal sized tank, and they are considered to be jumpers and could harm themselves on your tank lid. These fish are considered to be endangered and fish that you may find in captivity have been bred in captivity.
Bala Shark Adult Size
These fish can grow to be 12 inches long.
Bala Shark Life Span
These fish given the right environment can live up to 10 years.
Bala Shark Compatible Tankmates
Bala sharks are gentle in nature and can be put in with almost any other gently tropical fish that share the same water conditions. These fish like to be schools so you should get 2 to 3 of them. Some good tankmates would be guppies, Danios and Swordtails.
Social: Community Vs. semi-aggressive Vs. Aggressive
These fish are not aggressive at all they are very gentle fish. They do well in communities so when you think about this type of fish know that you should buy at least three.
Bala Shark Breeding: Egglayer vs. Livebearer
These fish are egglayers. You can tell the difference between the males and females because the females will have a rounder stomach. These sharks are ready for reproduction once they reach 10 to 15cm in length. The female will scatter the eggs around the tank and then they will leave them alone there is no protection from either the male or female.
Bala Shark Care
These fish are really easy to care for as long as you keep the tank at the right levels and give them the proper diet you shouldn’t have any problems with them since they are such a timid fish.
Bala Shark Diet
They will eat tropical fish flakes, but will thrive better on live food such as brine shrimp, insects and their larvae.
Bala Shark Tank Size
You will need at least a 100 gallon tank.
Bala Shark pH
pH level should be 6 to 8.
Bala Shark Water Hardness
The water hardness should be 5 to 12 dGH.
Bala Shark Water Temperature
The temperature should be 72 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit and 22 to 28 degrees Celsius.