The Bala Shark is also known as the Silver Shark and is a growing favorite among tropical fish hobbyists. They are commonly named silver sharks because of their appearance and the shape of their dorsal fin. These “sharks” require large tanks because of their potential adult size of 13 inches and because this fish does better when kept in groups. The Bala Shark is mostly peaceful but may eat smaller fish such as neon tetras when they reach a large enough size.
Things to Know about Bala Sharks
The Bala Shark isn’t a shark at all though. It belongs in the Cyprinidae family. Be warned that these Bala sharks are excellent jumpers. Have a hood on your aquarium to prevent your Silver Shark from leaping to its death. They are very fast swimmers and will dart around your aquarium very quickly. Be sure you don’t have any sharp objects in your aquarium that could injure your fish.
They are not recommended for the beginner because of their large aquarium requirements.
These freshwater Bala sharks will eat most types of fish food including vitamin enriched flake foods, pellets, frozen, freeze dried and definitely live foods with the key being a varied diet. They sometimes make a clicking noise while eating.
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