South east Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Sumatra
12 inches +
560 litres/150 gal
Preferred water conditions:
- Temp: 24 – 26°C
- pH: 6.5 – 8
- Hardness: Soft – Medium
Omnivorous, their natural diet includes crustaceans, insects, algae and plant matter. Bala Sharks will readily accept a wide range of aquarium foods.
The Bala Shark is a large schooling fish, they should be kept in groups of 6+ hence the need for a large aquarium. Provided enough space and companions, the Bala Shark will be a very active and friendly fish. The Bala shark is not aggressive but fish small enough to be considered food may be eaten.
Sexing is difficult but males tend to be larger and females have a more rounded belly.
Breeding in captivity is rare but has been done (apparently). In order to breed Bala Sharks you will need a large aquarium in which they can spawn. Bala Shark are egg scatterers, the female will lay eggs and the male will fertilise them, this can take a couple of hours to complete, it is then best to remove the parents to prevent the eggs being eaten. Eggs take around 3 – 4 days to become free-swimming fry.
Bala Sharks are very common in the aquarium but their adult size is often underestimated. These are large schooling fish that require a lot of space in order to reach their full potential. The Bala Shark is a large but peaceful fish, but like many schooling fish, if kept in too low numbers or in cramped conditions the Bala Shark can show aggressive traits.