07-13-2008, 06:17 PM
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Re: Rainbow and Bala Shark food.
Originally Posted by paytheplayer
I was wondering what the best foods to feed my Bala and Rainbow shark were. I have a community tank, with 2 dojo loaches, rock shrimp, ghost shrimp, 3 zebra danios, 3 neon tetras, strawberry and blue berry tetra, dwarf frog, oto, and pleco. I usually feed them flakes, and I drop shrimp in from time to time. I was just wondering if I should maybe give them some lettuce, or bloodworms? Thanks
Your feeding routine is not an issue. However, your fish selections are very poor and will cause huge problems in the near future. Let me elaborate...
The Bala shark grows to 14 inches and grows extremely fast. It need a minimum tank length of 6 feet. I assume your system is smaller than this, based on your question and an assumption of experience level. If i am wrong, then even better.
The Pleco also grows extremely large and is a colder water fish than your community. To make things worse, Pleco's are not efficient algae eaters due to the massive waste the create on the system. The waste directly contributes to phosphate buildup, which only increases algae growth. You should remove your Pleco immediately. Further more, depending on the exact species you have, it may excrete a painful venom threw its dorsal fins, so handle it carefully. Replace your pleco with additional Ottocinclus Catfish. One Otto per 5 gallons usually is enough.