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Bala shark in PT

Anyone ever had a Bala in with thier planted tanks. I have 2 29g and the one is planted and the other is plastic planted. Just wondering if my bala would mess with my nice looking plants if i moved him in???????

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Bala sharks get very big (up to 40cm, 16"), are very active and need lots of swimming room. I wouldn't recommend anything less than a 90g for them...

And no, fish do not adapt their size to the size of the aquarium... they just get miserable and die.
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And no, fish do not adapt their size to the size of the aquarium... they just get miserable and die.
Yea I knew this and the bala was my first purchase a year ago along with 3 tinfoil barbs from walmart. Lets just say that no one pointed out that the tinfoils grow like monsters. I just gave them away to a coworker and that left my bala in the 29g all to himself and thought i would at least ask if he would like the plants or not. Thanks for the info.

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nah they wont touch the plants. well mine didnt anyway. i had it in a 20gallon it is the largest tank i had and i had to keep the fish because my dad baught it me i gave it away in the end though.
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Well next question would be I guess do you all think that it would make my guppies its next meal then. Size ratio is about a 3 to 1 in the balas favor

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The Balas I had did just fine in my 75G planted tank. I did eventually move them to a larger non-planted tank. They are very skittish and every time I put my hands in the tank to do maintenance I thought they were going to kill them selves by slamming into things as they darted about. So I moved them to a tank I hardly ever touch that has less light and they seem much better.

If your bala's are only 3 times bigger than your guppies they should be fine in your tank for a while. They don't grow near as fast as the Tin Foil barbs you had. They will eventually out grow the tank in 1 - 2 years and I would guess they would eventually see the guppies as food although I've never seen mine eat any other fish and they are about 9" and were kept with some small Rasboras.
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well mine never eat my guppies or neons the only fish it was agressive with was my dwarf gourami but the gourami wasnt the victim realy the shark had its fair share of riped fins from fighting with it. I second they do grow very slow i have never seen one bigger than 4 inches though
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well mine never eat my guppies or neons the only fish it was agressive with was my dwarf gourami but the gourami wasnt the victim realy the shark had its fair share of riped fins from fighting with it. I second they do grow very slow i have never seen one bigger than 4 inches though
My 2 Balas only ever scuffle with each other and they never really do any damage. They are very peaceful with the rest of their tank mates. But no matter how peaceful I still beleive if it fits in the fishes mouth theres always the chance it may disappear.

To say they are very slow growers may be an understatement. It's taken 8 years for mine to reach the 9 inches they are now and it's not from a lack of food. The largest one I have seen looked to be about 12 inches and looked pretty cramped in a 55G tank I saw at a restaurant.
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