|Scientific name||Balantiocheilus melanopterus|
|Common name||Silver Shark, Bala Shark|
|Natural Habitat||South East Asia - Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand and the Malay peninsula|
|Appearance||Shiny silver fish with striking black bands on all fins and dark eye|
|Maximum size||Can grow to 12 inches, but very slow-growing : more usual aquarium length 6 - 8"|
|Aquarium Compatibility||Peaceful : likes to shoal with others of its species and will cruise quietly around in mid-water.|
|Diet||Omnivorous - will happily eat anything you give it. Feed on good quality flake food and supplement with live food occasionally.|
Shark is (like all the other freshwater aquarium so-called "sharks")
NOT a shark at all and is peaceful and easily startled. They can jump
out of the tank if frightened and so your tank must have a secure lid;
they may also dart away to hide, so make sure your aquarium decorations
have no sharp edges on which they could injure themselves.
I currently have five Silver Sharks in my aquarium, two about 3½ inches long and three about 2 inches, bought as two separate batches from entirely different sources. Despite the difference in their sizes they shoal together and go about their business quite peacefully, completely ignoring their neighbours.