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Fish similar to Bala Shark?
Old 04-07-2010, 02:13 PM   #1
 
Fish similar to Bala Shark?

I do not currently have an aquarium but I am planning to (hopefully soon). I am figuring out what types of fish I want so that I can start putting together a list of equipment I'll need.

I really like what young bala sharks look like, but I'm wondering if there are any fish that look similar but don't get nearly as big at maturity.

Thank you for any advice and suggestions!
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Old 04-09-2010, 01:25 PM   #2
 
No one knows of any I'm guessing?...
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Old 04-09-2010, 02:04 PM   #3
 
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I can't think off any off the top of my head... you might try looking at fish from the cyprinid family, particularly barbs. They are from the same family as bala sharks.

When looking for fish I find it particularly helpful to go to the local library, chapters or wherever and flip through books on aquarium fish. Many list fish by freshwater/saltwater, family and then species. There are tons of fis 'profiles' to browse... if the picture catches your eye then read below the picture to see if it's suitable for your tank.
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Old 04-10-2010, 04:46 AM   #4
 
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Agreed...barbs are probably going to be the most similar looking. You could always have a look at our fish profiles here and see if there's anything that strikes your fancy:

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/
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