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post #1 of 5 Old 01-28-2011, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Rookie Question about Bala Sharks

I am a newbie aquarium owner and new to the site, for christmas my girlfriend got me one fo those 6 gallon fluval edge aquariums. In it I put 2 snails, a pleco, a red tailed shark and one bala shark which i got from a local pet shop in my town. Before anyone tells me ive already realized I made a rookie mistake in getting the sharks! I had no idea they got to be so big or that they were schoolers. I guess that it was I get for listening to someone who possibly might know less than i do about fish keeping but hingsight is 20/20 I guess. My question is this...since im not going to be buying a larger aquarium anytime soon being they are expensive what can i do with the bala? i obviously dont want to get more of them to fix the schooling problem since they get so big and instead of keeping it crammed in such a small space as it grows larger I would like to some how find a better home for it. Any ideas on how I might be able to do this? are there other forums where people are looking to trade or get fish from other owners? any help would be appreciated!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-29-2011, 08:34 AM
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Welcome to the forums Ronix!

A lot of fish shops will accept fish as trade in towards other fish, or even supplies. If not that, then if you have a local fish keeping club/ group, then they might also be able to take it off your hands for you. Of course any friends you might have as well.

Also Just wanted to mention because I didn't see you say it specifically, Red Tailed sharks are NOT schoolers, in fact they are VERY hostile towards their own kind or similar sharks such as the Rainbow. However they are as you have said too big for that tank. The Pleco you have will also grow too large for that tank.

I hope you find good homes for your fish, and it is very good to hear that you are trying to do the right thing, instead of insisting on keeping the fish in what is obviously not a proper tank for them. Once you get them situated be sure to check for some good ideas for what you CAN keep in your tank!

  • 55 Gal x2, 30 Gal, 20 Gal, 20 Long, 10 Gal x 3, 2.5 Gal, 1 Gal
  • 4 Beta's, 3 Pleco's, 4 Convicts, 4 Fire Belly Toads, 4 Serpe Tetras, 3 Angel Fish, 5 Tiger Barbs, 2 Rosey Barbs, 2 Cherry Barbs, 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 YoYo Loaches, 3 Ottos, 2 Yellow Labs, 2 Snails, 1 Black Tiger Barb, 1 Pictus Cat, 1 Balla Shark, 1 Rainbow Shark, 1 Ghost Shrimp, 1 Oscar, 2 Chinease Algea Eater,2 Tadpoles
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-29-2011, 09:50 AM
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Welcome Ronix51! I totally agree with cbirk! The pleco will get huge eventually, you would be better with Cory's but even they like to be in schools of 5 min. I have one redtailed shark also in a 75G. I believe I was adivsed one shark to a tank, of any species. Too bad the LFS sold you the two to have to go thru this now. Mine at least asks size of tank and current inhabitants every time I go in there. ( they spend time answering questions, no one is on commision and they want me to go home and come back and purchase another day with knowledge... all that from a Big Al's) I'm also glad you are trying to do the right thing too!
I had 2 Bala's in a 90 G for a good 10 years and even 90G is small when they get full size and man are they big swimmers. I would not even put one in my 75G.
Good luck with the search. There are lots of good choices for that beautiful tank. ps Red tails like frozen Blood worms once a week to enhance their colour (FYI if you did not know)

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-29-2011, 12:01 PM
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You could post a thread in the classified section of this forum or post it on your local craigslist.

150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
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post #5 of 5 Old 01-29-2011, 12:03 PM
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If you are from MD or PA I would gladly take the bala off your hands.


125 gallon-
5 Bala sharks- Hans, Frans, Ace, Gary and Mary Catherine Gallagher
1 clown pleco- Bobo
1 black ghost knife fish- Twist 2
Black sand
Tons of plants
Flourish excel and Comprehensive

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Guppy tank- breeding like crazy
Eco complete
Flourish excel and comprehensive
a few plants
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