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post #1 of 7 Old 10-13-2012, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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More Bala's OR no more Bala's

currently i have two Bala's in my planted tank

my new tank is 250 L how many more can/should i have my filter system is a 1000 LPH sump with a UV light which is not in line but is standalone submersible unit with a 300 LPH power head attached good air supply and plant growth light the tank is 4FT long 15" wide and 21" tall

for stocking info check my tank main DT on the left

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post #2 of 7 Old 10-13-2012, 11:33 AM
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Presumably we are talking about the Bala Shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus. As it says in the profile (click the shaded name), this fish should be maintained in groups of five to limit aggression within the group, and reaching up to 14 inches it needs at minimum a 6-foot tank but those who know best recommend no less than an 8-foot tank. A 4-foot is obviously only temporary for the initial stages of the fish's growth. And with at least 3 more fish, if you intend to keep them in the larger aquarium when they need it, which will be not that far off.

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Presumably we are talking about the Bala Shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus. As it says in the profile (click the shaded name), this fish should be maintained in groups of five to limit aggression within the group, and reaching up to 14 inches it needs at minimum a 6-foot tank but those who know best recommend no less than an 8-foot tank. A 4-foot is obviously only temporary for the initial stages of the fish's growth. And with at least 3 more fish, if you intend to keep them in the larger aquarium when they need it, which will be not that far off.
my friend owns the largest fish shop in the county and will be able to get rid of them very easy when they near say 10-12"

i knew they are supposed to be in groups of 4-5+ im just thinking even 5 may be too much as they grow may just get another one or two 4 is probs the best tho

whats your thoughts on it knowing im not keeping them when they get past abouts 28 CM
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my friend owns the largest fish shop in the county and will be able to get rid of them very easy when they near say 10-12"

i knew they are supposed to be in groups of 4-5+ im just thinking even 5 may be too much as they grow may just get another one or two 4 is probs the best tho

whats your thoughts on it knowing im not keeping them when they get past abouts 28 CM
You've asked me, so I will give you my honest answer. I myself will never buy any fish today if i do not have an acceptable tank running now that will accomodate the fish in appropriate numbers all its life.

Fish are living creatures that have needs that should be met, for the best health of and a normal life for the fish. Fish grow continually, or should if they are in the right environment, and this requires a constantly larger space for proper development.

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You've asked me, so I will give you my honest answer. I myself will never buy any fish today if i do not have an acceptable tank running now that will accomodate the fish in appropriate numbers all its life.

Fish are living creatures that have needs that should be met, for the best health of and a normal life for the fish. Fish grow continually, or should if they are in the right environment, and this requires a constantly larger space for proper development.
I asked everyone but take all advise given I see your point I just want something that is eye catching not too small but not too big.

Have you any suggestions on something that will work with my fish and be real interesting addition
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I asked everyone but take all advise given I see your point I just want something that is eye catching not too small but not too big.

Have you any suggestions on something that will work with my fish and be real interesting addition
I checked the list of fish, this 39g tank is at (and over) its limit until the issues are removed. And aside from the sharks, the clown loach need a 6-foot tank too, so there is another problem, plus they too are shoaling fish that should have 5 or more. Check their profile.

The glass catfish need more to make a comfortable group, check that profile.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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I checked the list of fish, this 39g tank is at (and over) its limit until the issues are removed. And aside from the sharks, the clown loach need a 6-foot tank too, so there is another problem, plus they too are shoaling fish that should have 5 or more. Check their profile.

The glass catfish need more to make a comfortable group, check that profile.
these are the problems i already will be addressing with the new tank im hoping by the time they get near being too big for the tank i will have moved out so i can get a bigger tank :)
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