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you should make the 180 a shark tank and the 55 a catfish tank, the 180 can easily accomodate the sharks you have. But that way you need to pick a new catfish, all im saying is that a 55 is no good for those sharks but a 180 is brilliant, they will love it and will grow quite big :)
 

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the 55 gallon isnt big enough for the bala sharks, they will be a bit cramped in there, a 180 gallon is perfect size for 4 of them, they will grow to full size.
 

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i read your siggy and it says your cycling the 180 with bala sharks, and you think adding more fish will make it faster?!?!?!?!?! Stop what your doing, bala sharks arent strong enough to cycle, and adding more fish wont make the cycling faster, it will probably just kill them all in there, do a fishless cycle or use some hardy fish
 

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dont cycle with goldfish, there hardy, but just produce way too much waste for the tank to handle. Use danios or something. Plus goldfish get way too big so they will take up shark space
 

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caferacermike said:
XMike, thank you for taking the time to prevent another pointless fish transaction. It boggles my mind what stores will sell. What's worse is the information they give out. I've been at many a store watching them hook someone on a fish that will grow to 3 feet or more because it is beautiful as a juvenile, then recommend a "common" sized tank like a 180, 200 or 240 to house it in. It's always the same story. It'll be perfect for this fish. So the newbie buys the most expensive tank in stock with all the extras only to be sold a $40 fish that has no business in the structure. It's not about selling the fish, no it's about selling the tank, filters and lighting. The fish is only bait.
The petsmart near me says a red belly pacu (which they sell for 4.99) will fit in a tank 30 gallons or more, then they say corydoras can fit in a tank 1, yes i said 1 gallon or more, and get this, they say clownfish (the saltwater percula clown) can fit in a tank 3, yes i said three, gallons or more, what are they thinking, read the end of my siggy. The worst i saw there i think is the koi, they say a koi can fit in a 20 gallon tank as long as there are no plants, first that doesnt even make the 1 inch per gallon rule as koi get to 24 inches, second, a 20 gallon high tank is 24" wide exactly, that means the koi cant even turn around!! Just to stay a bit on topic they say bala sharks can fit in a 10 gallon tank, as long as there are lots of plants and driftwood, then i saw a lady trying to net a fish out, i can tell you know she has had no experiance with fish the way she tried to get them, she pushed them againts the wall with the side of the net then draged it over to the corner, then in a quick swipe flicked her up in the net, then took it out and touched it a bit, then put it in the bag. I felt like attacking her!

Sorry for getting off topic but i just had to say this
 
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