8" - 12"
Minimum Tank Size
Black, Silver, White
Slightly Acidic (6.4 to 7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH), 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit
General: The Bala Shark (Balantiocheilus melanopterus) naturally occupy the natural lakes, and river systems of Borneo. Having the ability to reach a length of over twelve inches, a mature Bala Shark should be kept in an aquarium of over 150 gallons. It is often best to keep Bala Shark in groups consisting of six, or more. Bala Shark have naturally adapted to feeding on benthal (bottom-dwelling) invertebrates, and significant amounts of current. Ideally, the Bala Shark should be fed sinking foods, and provided additional current with the application of a powerhead.
Aquarium Diet (Omnivore): Spirulina, Brine Shrimp, Mysis Shrimp, Krill, Mullusk, Daphnia, Sinking Omnivore Pellet
Preferred Water Chemistry: Slightly Acidic (6.4 to 7.5 pH), intermediate water hardness (6 to 18dGH)
Dimorphism: The Bala Shark (Balantiocheilus melanopterus) female will take on a more gravid appearance when ready to reproduce.
Compatibility: The Bala Shark are typically compatible with Acara, Severum, Blood Parrot, Silver Dollar, Synodontis, Plecostomus, and large Barbs.
Author: Grant Stevens