Balantiocheilos melanopterus
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Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Common Names: Bala Shark
Silver Shark
Tricolor Shark
Synonyms: Barbus melanopterus
Puntius melanopterus
Family: Cyprinidae
Category: Cyprinids
Distribution: Asia; Farm Raised, Thailand
Main Ecosystem: River; River
Temperament: Schooling; Usually peaceful and passive but will violently attack invertabrates, such as ghost shrimp and snails as they make up a major part of its diet in the wild. The greater number of sharks in the school the bolder they will be; single specimens are extremely timid.
Diet: Carnivore; Carnivore
Care: The Silver Shark requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This Cyprinid does best in small groups of 3 or more, as they prefer to school in the aquarium. Feed with flakes or worms. Very large tanks are recommended. Easy to keep. A heavy cover on the tank is much needed, as Silver Sharks can jump up to six feet in the air.
6 - 8
22°C - 28°C
72°F - 82°F
5 dH - 12 dH
Potential Size: Male: 35cm (13.8")
Female: 35cm (13.8")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Hard to determine. Females have a rounder stomach.
Breeding: Too large to breed in a home aquarium.
Comments: A favorite in the trade. This is one of the more passive freshwater sharks, and they are an active fish that will be visible during the day. The Bala Shark is a beautiful fish with a metallic silver body with a yellow and black dorsal and caudal fin.
SPECIAL NOTE: Currently listed on the IUCN database as threatened and endangered. As of Spring of 2005, this fish has been determined to be extinct in several of its original lakes and rivers it was found to live in. And in other areas of its
Main Colours: Silver, Black, White
Markings: No Markings
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Forked
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Submitted By: Adam
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