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post #1 of 3 Old 12-10-2013, 03:05 AM Thread Starter
Bala Sharks with African Cichlids?

I have a 125 gallon tank that is not currently setup but plan on doing so soon. Want to have assorted peaceful to fairly peacefull African Cichlids in it. My LFS has nice stock available and they are young and small. Here is my question:

I plan on purchasing 1 maybe 2 Bala Sharks and putting them in my 38 gallon. Purchase size is very small. When they outgrow that tank, Would it be safe to acclimate them to the cichlids in the 125? My thinking is if the cichlids are not fully grown, they might adapt to the balas.

Any tips for making this transition would be appreciated if it is ok to do so.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2013, 05:36 AM
Why wouldn't you put them immediately in with the cichlids?
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-12-2013, 07:33 AM
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I don't think the balas are tough enough to live with African cichlids. Introducing them when they are small is good, and hopefully nothing ever happens.

Too, they may have conflicting diets as some Africans require more plant matter than protein.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta

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