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post #1 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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New 55g - Rainbow shark question

Hello! I just came into a great deal on a 55g including all equipment, stand, and unfortunately, fish. I have a 29 g that I've had for a while now and it includes a rainbow shark (about 2 1/2 ") The 55 comes with two huge (5 1/2 ") bala sharks that probably need to be taken out of the tank. But for the time being I want to introduce my rainbow into it. I've had some issues with him and other smaller fish in the past and there are a few platy's, and cory cats in the 55. So... any comments on this? Will the rainbow fit in? Any tips on what I should do with the balas?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 08:00 AM
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Hi and welcome to the forum if we hadn't met before - If we did and I forgot, welcome back

As rainbow shark you mean the black one with the orange fins aka Epalzeorhynchos frenatum ?
Considering its adult size of 6" even a 55g is going to cut it short on him as adult, they're commonly housed in a 70g. So def move him out of the 29g now that you have the opportunity.

Bala's aka Balantiocheilos melanopterus will grow you to 14-16" so uhm yea neeedless to say they're way past keeping in 55g, more like 200+g so I'd either place them on aquabid or see if your LFS is interested.

Then once that's sorted out, I'd go through all you have in your 29g and sort them out by their needs between the 55 and 29g and then add additional stock thereafter.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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He is indeed a Epalzeorhynchos frenatum. I was looking forthe 55 specifically for him as he grows. I'll probably give the LFS a ring and see if they can accept the sharks. The are very striking in the tank, but have obviously outgrown it.
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 08:30 AM
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Yea prop best solution to give them away, try LFS, aquabid, possibly post here in the forum classifieds, any type of free local paper you have in your area....

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 12:43 PM
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no need to get rid of the rainbow shark........a 55 will serve him well thru adulthood, as long as he is the only shark in the tank
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-01-2009, 12:47 PM
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I thought we're talking about getting rid of the Bala's as they'll quickly outgrow the 55g!?

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post #7 of 9 Old 12-02-2009, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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both questions are open for comments! So, dont mix the balas an rainbow?
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-02-2009, 06:55 AM
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Rainbow shark in my view would be fine in 55 gal . Keep in mind that other small bottom dwellers may be harrassed by the rainbow, prolly not to the extent that red tailed shark would but still,these fish can be territorial as they mature.
Bala sharks will need larger tank with plenty of swimming room at six inches and may or may not get along with the shark as they mature. Personally think bala sharks shouldn't be sold for aquariums.

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post #9 of 9 Old 12-02-2009, 07:22 AM
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Personally if it was my fish/ tank. I'd hand off both the Rainbow & the Bala's. If you'd desperately want to keep one of them 2, I'd pref to give away the Bala's as they'll just get way too big for the 'small' tank.
The Rainbow will cut it tight as I said above, but you can at least support him in your 55g by him being the only 'ground fish' in the 55g (no other shark added, no catfish no cory etc)

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