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post #1 of 8 Old 08-19-2007, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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I have 1 question are bala sharks and tricolor sharks the same thing as i was told tricolor shark but thought they were the same as balas am i wrong?

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-19-2007, 05:57 PM
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according to badman's website, they sure appear to be the same fish. I was told bala = silver shark, but whatever. it would appear youre right, that bala = tricolor :)

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-19-2007, 06:18 PM
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I find common names quite useless when there are other names synonymous to the more popular one. A scientific name stuck to it will really help.;)

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but i dont remember latin

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post #5 of 8 Old 08-20-2007, 03:43 PM
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I find common names quite useless when there are other names synonymous to the more popular one. A scientific name stuck to it will really help.;)
Unless they change even the scientific names like they did for a number of the sharks. :P
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-20-2007, 05:03 PM
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imho they should change their name completely to "UBER DEATH DESTRUCTO MACHINES". on the other hand i doubt people would believe they are peaceful fish.

sometimes I open my mouth, and I really have no idea what comes out of it. <wanders off>

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-25-2007, 05:14 AM
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They used to be called Tricolor sharks when I was growing up.
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-25-2007, 07:15 PM
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Bala sharks are big and silvery. Latin name is Balantiocheilus melanopterus. Sometimes called Tricolor Sharks and Apollo Sharks. Get a foot long and should be in a shoal of 6 or more in a 6x2 foot or bigger tank.

Rainbow Sharks, Epalzeorhynchos frenatus, have black (dark grey) bodies and red (orange) fins. They get about 6" long and cn be kept in a 4x1' tank. They are essentially the same thing as a red tailed black shark, with all the fins red.

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