Bala Shark

The bala shark, or minnow shark, is one of the most popular schooling fish for aquariums. These freshwater sharks are great in community tanks when small, but will get aggressive and grow to 12 inches over time, and then are great for larger species tanks. Shipping size about 2 inches. We recommend a school of three to six.

Like most shark fish, bala sharks are hardy when two inches, but weak (though very cheap!) at smaller sizes.

These sharks tend to be less hardy under two inches, so we do our best to import the proper size.

  • Scientific name: Balantiocheilos melanopterus 
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Food: Flake, pellet
  • Maximum Size: 12 inches
  • Shipping Size: Approx. 2 to 3 inches