i really hate to say this, but i guess for anything to get through my brothers head. there just going to have to die off. he doesnt believe me at all and i dont theink he will anytime soon. i honestly dont have any say in what goes in there and what comes out. i did not pay for anything. its all from his money. i really do appreciate everyone help, but i just cant get anything through his head. so when i get my own tank soon. i will be sure to come to you guys and ask for fish before i even buy any. thanks a bunch for your help. but i guess they all have to die if he doesnt believe meMaybe they want to go back to the dealer's tank as we suggested yesterday.
Seriously, after all we said, why are you trying to trouble-shoot when we told you there would be nothing but trouble?
They need to be in schools, John, ideally a good dozen of them in a large large tank. When kept among hostile tank-mates singly or in pairs, you will not see normal Bala Shark behavior. These fish swim actively almost non-stop when happy and in groups. Sometimes male barbs (and you can think of Balas as a large Barb) will display to one another by flaring fins side by side. But I doubt your little 2 inch Balas are mature, sexually. Some fish, when carrying a parasite like ich will twitch in order to relieve the irritation as it burrows into its skin. Any spots in the tank?