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"I have had my small bala sharks for a few weeks now, and i would recommend them to anybody who wishes to start their own aquarium. Over the weeks i have learned a few things about these little fellows. The first thing i realised was how timid a fish they are. They tend to stay close to one another and tend to hid behind plants (or under the water heater in my case) when you approach the tank too fast or if you turn on the overhead light. They don't seem to mind having other fish in the tank, they do however keep their space. (My friend put in two neons, approximately 1/4" long, and though the bala's ignore them they do tend to stay on the opposite side of the tank. The bala's also prefer to eat live things. When i put the flake food in the tank sometimes my fish won't eat it. They will if they are hungry but whenever i put in brine shrimp or mosquito larva they go crazy and eat as much as they can, even pushing back their timid tendancies. They don't care if you watch or if the neons are near the food. I started off my temperature at 76 degrees (farenheit) like most sites recommend. My bala's however did become more active once i raised the temp to 82 degrees. any more or any less and they tend to drift slowly around my tank, while at 82 they seem perfectly happy. My Bala's however do still pose one problem for me; they jump, frequently, and their bodies prove it. Luckily they heal quickly and any small injuries (black spots on the body, and the occassional loose scale) heal rapidly and do not change the fishes overall behavior. These fish are very easy to care for."

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