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Balantiocheilos melanopterus
Silver shark, Bala shark, Tricolor Shark, Tricolor sharkminnow
(Bleeker, 1851)

Balantiocheilos melanopterus - Silver shark, Bala shark, Tricolor Shark, Tricolor sharkminnow - This species is too big for most home aquariums
This species is too big for most home aquariums
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(Other members of the genus Balantiocheilos)

ADULT SIZE: 35 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Not critical

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 23-27 C

FOOD: Feed Balantiocheilos melanopterus live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Borneo, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia

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AQUARIUM CARE: A lively shoaling species from Sumatra that does well in large tanks. This species is too large for most home aquariums. In larger quarters, it makes a good tank mate for large catfish, and anabantids. This fish can be startled easily, and may attempt to jump in such cases. Keep tanks covered!

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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Low light plants Java moss, Java fern, and several of the Anubias species all do fine in low-light conditions. That is not to say that they do not thrive with stronger lighting, but in an aquarium with a lot of floating plants, or one with timid fish that prefer a dimmer tank, these plants are very useful indeed. All are epiphytes; that is to say they need not be planted, and can be attached to stones, bogwood or just left free floating


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