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Old 03-06-2009, 10:39 PM   #11
 
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Well, this tank isn't cycled...I'd do a 25-50% water change and continue to watch the water readings. Be careful, ammonia shouldn't spike out of nowhere anymore but nitrite might.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:34 AM   #12
 
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I dont know about the white spot on the nose.
Can you describe it in more detail or get a picture?
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Old 03-07-2009, 01:43 PM   #13
 
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A picture would be good.

When you do upgrade tanks, I would recommend a 100, 125 or 150 gallon tank rather than a 120. 120g tanks are only four feet long, while the others are six feet long, and fast-swimming bala sharks will really appreciate the extra two feet of swimming room.
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:07 PM   #14
 
Welll, I had a friend come over and look at the tank, he also did the tests. I have no ammonium. very little nitrate. He said that is fine, Im coming out of my cycle stage. I just came back from the pet store to purchase a full hood cuz i dont like the versa top glass. Came home to see my original (1st bala shark) passed away :( Sad. I hope this full hood is better then the versa top.

As far as a picture with the shark, I cant get a picture yet. It looks like the shark just lost skin color on the front tip of him around his mouth. Like, it looks like he lost skin pigment. No other signs of weird behavior. My friend did say *and so did the gentleman who mentioned this before on here* that the bala sharks are known to swim and lean sideways like that, they will even be completely on their side and lean sideways. so thats a good sign!
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Old 03-07-2009, 03:44 PM   #15
 
just an update. Now with the better lighting I can see what is wrong with the "white nosed shark". He is losin his skin pigmentation. Just the very tip of him (front). Again, no other signs of odd behavior or signs of stress.
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Old 03-07-2009, 07:18 PM   #16
 
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Probably nothing to worry about then.
Balas do have very unique mouths.
The larger they get the more noise they make. When mine are pecking at their veggies I hang up for them, it sounds like someone is knocking at the door.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:15 PM   #17
 
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Probably nothing to worry about then.
Balas do have very unique mouths.
The larger they get the more noise they make. When mine are pecking at their veggies I hang up for them, it sounds like someone is knocking at the door.
Twistersmom - what do you feed your bala's? Right now I feed them a variety of fish flakes, sinking veggie wafers, and freeze dried blood worms. I do not do this all at once. I'll do the sinkin wafers one day, flakes the next, blood worms the next, flakes the next, blah blah.

When it comes to the flakes, I do two pinch fulls. (if that makes sense) is that to much? or to little? I tend to find my sharks at the floor of the tank lookin for food it seems..
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:02 AM   #18
 
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Sounds like you are doing a great job at feeding them.
My balas are in a 210gal community tank.
I sometimes throw in flakes, an assorment of different types and sizes of pellet foods and the wafers.
They also sometimes get shrimp, bloodworms, blackworm, krill, and skinned peas.
I hang up some cuccumber, zucchini, or some type of leafy greens a few times a week.
They are not at all picky eaters. They love everything!

Also, I forgot you are still cycling, feed little till the cycle is finished.

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Old 03-08-2009, 01:30 PM   #19
 
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Sounds like you are doing a great job at feeding them.
My balas are in a 210gal community tank.
I sometimes throw in flakes, an assorment of different types and sizes of pellet foods and the wafers.
They also sometimes get shrimp, bloodworms, blackworm, krill, and skinned peas.
I hang up some cuccumber, zucchini, or some type of leafy greens a few times a week.
They are not at all picky eaters. They love everything!

Also, I forgot you are still cycling, feed little till the cycle is finished.
Do you find them at the bottom of the tank pickin up things off the floor? To me I think they are hungry and it makes me want to feed them more cuz I don't want them to starve..
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