Balantiocheilos melanopterus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cyprinidae
Origin : Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra
Length : 35 cm - 14"
Min.length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Silver Shark
Peaceful schooling fish that can be kept together with smaller fishes.  He needs a lot of free swimming space.  The aquarium should be set up with plants on the sides and background, roots and driftwood.  They should not be kept unless you have a very large aquarium  They spend a lot of its time searching for food in the bottom substrate and a fine grained sandy bottom substrate is therefore to be preferred.

He is omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

About breeding in the aquarium nothing is known.

Photo Credit

Jan Bukkems

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