Bala with African cichlids

  1. S

    Sedubius Valued Member Member

    Hello I am running a tank with 3 bumble bees 2 eletric yellows and 2 red zebras. My wife really likes the bala sharks but I'm unsure about compatability. From what I can see the water perameters are alittle diffrent mainly the PH level. I have a PH of 7.6 right now which is just barely out of the balas range. I know they are a fairly agressive fish the I think will survive my agressive tank. Any thoughts or suggestions about mixing these 2 kinds of fish?

    Thank you.

    QQQUUUUAADDD Well Known Member Member

    What is your tank size? Also read up on the nitrogen cycle.
  3. OP

    Sedubius Valued Member Member

    I havea 37g right now but think im going to have to upgrade sometime soon to a 90ish.

    My tank is fully cycled.
  4. c

    camel89 New Member Member

    I would not recommend it. Bala sharks can grow over 12 inches long and prefer to be in schools, so you would need at least 5 or more which is too many for your tank. Also they are not aggressive compared to cichlids and they are also very sensitive to water quality, especially the smaller sized ones.
  5. soltarianknight

    soltarianknight Fishlore VIP Member

    A full grown school of balas needs a very big tank :p. VERY. They are swimmers, they are large. 37gal wouldnt be healthy even temporary, a 90 wouldnt do. These are one of those awesome fish, that stores LOVE to sell, but unfortunately are harder to meet the demands for.