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post #11 of 13 Old 08-27-2006, 06:43 AM
I have had different experience with Bala sharks. I have had two for some time now over a year they were kept in a tropical community 55gallon with many other tropicals such as.. Angels, clown loach, neontetras, gouramis and rainbow fish I never had a problem with them eating my other fish nor chasing them. I no longer have my community tank *wanted larger fish* the balas are the only ones I kept and they are now homed with a Ornate Bichir and get along fine. They are slow growers as well my largest is only 5inches and have had him a little over a year.. I do have a friend who has two huge balas around 12inches or more and they are living peacefuly with a large angel. She has had them for years together.

Personaly I don't see the problem with having a pair of balas get them small and see how they get along with your other species in the tank.
I have never had a problem with them getting along with any of my fish.
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-27-2006, 09:43 AM Thread Starter
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ok thanks for the bala info.

do clown loaches take the place of catfish? what I mean is, if i get a few locahes will they clean up the algae ant bottom of the tank? or do i also need some catfish/plecs?
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-27-2006, 12:49 PM
Clown loaches do not cleen the bottom like algea. I would recommend getting a pleco for that bussiness. But be careful because some do get very big. Recommding the 'bristlenose'/Ancitrus ( dont think thats the right spelling )


Oh and on the bala sharks, I have 1 with angels , clown loaches, neon tetra's, guppys, swordtail etc.. and it has been doing well. Looking forward to getting him a mate though.
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