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Silver Shark (Balantiocheilus melanopterus)

The Silver Shark or Balantiocheilus melanopterus is actually not a shark at all, but gets it name from long body shape and long fins that resemble that of a shark. They are often kept as aquatic pets in an aquarium. Although not considered to be a very aggressive "shark" they are quite active and their striking silver bodies make them fun to watch.Also known as the Bala Shark, Shark Minnow and Tricolor Shark they can grow to about 1-1/2' in length so an aquarium of at least 80 gallons with a lid is highly recommended.  Don't worry too much about the size of your aquarium though in the beginning, because the Silver Shark is not the quickest grower. Water conditions of 72-79° F, KH 10-15, and a PH level of 6.5-7.5 are acceptable. You can check out the Bala Shark in action in the video below...

The Silver Shark can be kept in a school of 3 or more and should be provided with plenty of vegetation and hiding spots. These freshwater fish can be fed bloodworms, tubifex, and even flake food.

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