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The Bala shark is a peaceful shoaling fish that makes an excellent addition to a large community tank. They do best in groups of at least 4 individuals. Due to their large size (growth up to 12 inches) they should be kept in 100-150 gallons at full size. They prefer faster flower water, good filtration, and a lid as they are strong jumpers. Balas are active swimmers and prefer long tanks where they spend most of their time swimming in the open water zone of your tank. Good tank mates include Corydoras, rainbowfish, gouramis, tetras, and angels. They will enjoy a flake or pellet diet, diversified with bloodworm, vegetables, and plankton. Shrimp is also a recommended treat as they require extra protein for growth.