Bala Shark/Silver Shark

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bala shark

Origin:

South east Asia including Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Sumatra

Size:

12 inches +

Aquarium Size:

560 litres/150 gal

Preferred water conditions:

  • Temp: 24 – 26°C
  • pH: 6.5 – 8
  • Hardness: Soft – Medium

Diet:

Omnivorous, their natural diet includes crustaceans, insects, algae and plant matter. Bala Sharks will readily accept a wide range of aquarium foods.

Behaviour:

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:

Sexing is difficult but males tend to be larger and females have a more rounded belly.

Breeding:

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.

Notes:

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.

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