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hey there this is my 170 litre module tank....

there's 5 silvers sharks..
clown loach
large angel
large silver dollar (didn't manage to get pics of him yet - just too fast for the camera!)
black lancer and
some sort of diamond tetra (not too sure though)

hope the pics look ok..
enjoy!


















This is a plant that i spent a lot of time growing it onto the rock

 

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swenno said:
Bret, could you pls post the pics of your black lancer and "some sort of tetra"?

The fish at the left side in red color with a black triangle is a harlequin rasbora(rasbora heteromorpha).
Harlies are mistaken by beginners for "tetras", but they are actually rasboras.
Tetras=characins(family)
Rasboras=cyprinids(family)

If you're unsure of which one I'm referring to as harlequin rasbora, this pic will show you that.


This pic shows a Diamond Tetra(Moenkhausia pittieri).
 

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The tank looks really good Bret. The plant at the bottom left hand side of the tank - what is it?

Katherine :D
 

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tank looks really good.
i like the fish.
how come you only have one clown ?
 

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Awesome tank! I also have a silver shark. Your's are so wide and fatter than mine! Mine is more skinnier...weird. But like the tank and the fishy's. All looks good.
thats one big silver dollar.....How big are your silver/bala sharks? What about the clown loach...

Do you have any sort of pleco :lol:

Nick
 

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um i'll answer these questions as best as i can...

i only have 1 loach cos it was given to me by a friend and that's all i have at the moment... didn't buy anymore cos my silver dollar is getting a little aggressive so i'm just leaving them at the moment cos all the fish have worked out their pecking order.

the silver dollar is probably about 10-12 cm big (about 4/5 fully grown)
the loach would be around 8 - 10 cm big
and the sharks...
2 of them would be close to 12 or so cm in length (had them for a while now)
and there are 3 smaller one approx 8 or 9 cm

not sure on what the plant is... sorry

I am pretty sure if u've only got 1 bala shark that they tend not to live long enough to get HEAPS big (i saw one in a shop a little while ago that would've been close to 15-16 cm).
They are a schooling fish so if you have two or three the tend to eat much more.


i'm still coaxing my lancer out of its little cave for long enough to catch a clear photo


here is a very blurry pic of it's head..... SORRY!

 

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Hi Bret,
I can't identify your "black lancer" due to blurry pic but we'll gladly wait until you get a clearer pic.:D
 

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the tank look phat mate.
i love the silver sharks, are they good in a community tank?
 

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Bala sharks are great tank mate for community tanks, but they need a great deal of room as they grow quite large (up to 14") and are very active and timid fish. They will dart around the tank and if not given enough room, will constantly smack into the glass. Balas tend to be more comfortable and less timid when they are kept in groups of 2 or more. Additionaly, Bala sharks are efficient jumpers and can clear 12" above the waters surface at even a small size.
 

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the sharks are very friendly

the usually just cruise around together in a school and keep to themselves
 

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so wouldnt b any good just to get the 1 then, 2 or 3 min??
 

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fiona said:
so wouldnt b any good just to get the 1 then, 2 or 3 min??
Hi Fiona,
1 or 4 minimum is not enough to make them feel secure. As they are very skittish, so will they become jumpy. At 12 inches size, they will require you a 100 gallons tank alone for 3-4 balas.
 
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