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NOTE: Due to variations within species, your item may not look identical to the image provided.

Scientific Name:
Balantiocheilus melanopterus
Max. Size:
2 inches
Care Level:
See compatibility chart
Minimum Tank Size:
100 gallons
Farm Raised, Thailand

General Information

The Bala Shark, also known as the Silver Shark and is great for the semi-aggressive community aquarium. This is one of the more passive freshwater sharks, and they are an active fish that will be visible during the day. The Bala Shark is a beautiful fish with a metallic silver body with a yellow and black dorsal and caudal fin.

It requires a large aquarium with driftwood, rocks, and spots of dense vegetation. This shark does best in small groups of 3 or more, as they prefer to school in the aquarium. Unfortunately, the breeding habits of the Bala Shark have not been documented.

An omnivore, the Bala Shark is not a particularly finicky eater. Flake food, freeze-dried bloodworms, and tubifex, as well as vegetable-based foods should be fed.


You are buying top quality Fish. Our fish are handpicked and they all have high quality, color and form, because they are bred by some of the most experienced and reputable breeders.

The pictures are stock photos, not of the actual Fish that you will receive. If you are looking for a specific fish, let us know and most likely we will have something of your liking in stock. 

Please check Fish Compatibility Chart

Shipping information. Please read carefully.

  • Sorry, no international shipping.
  • We can only ship to the US.
  • We use 2 shipping methods to ship fish. UPS 2 days delivery and UPS Overnight delivery
  • We Ship from different Whole Sale Suppliers from different areas. If you buy any Dry Goods, Fish and Coral from any one of our different Suppliers, you will be charged shipping from each location.
  • We combined shipping of Fish. Shipping is based on a per box charge form each location. An additional $4.00 charge per fish for shipping and handling MAY be added for any special requests.
  • If we need to contact you for any reason about your order, shipping of your package may be affected. Once your order is placed, you will receive a confirmation email with your order summary. Orders are subject to verification of information and you may be contacted by phone or email. We ship for arrival to the customer upon verification of payment.

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