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Bala Shark


Species: Balantiocheilus melanopterus
Common Name: Bala Shark, Silver Shark
Size: Up to 16 inches (40 cm) females smaller.
Note: Should not be considered a home aquarium fish, young are always seen for sale and caution should taken before purchasing. It is unfair to subject any animal to less than ideal living conditions.
Habitat: ASIA: Mekong and Chao Phraya river basins, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
Min Tank Size: At least 150 gallons for a school of six.
Diet: Omnivorous, flake, Frozen, live food and pellets.
Behavior: Peaceful and active schooling fish.
Water: Temperature 72°F to 84°F (22-29°C), pH: 5.8 to 7.8, Hardness: Soft to medium. dH range: 5.0 - 15.0
Care: Easy.
Communities: Good, great jumper keep covered.
Suitability: Poor, grows to large for most home aquaria.

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