Bala sharks are a very popular species among tropical fish enthusiasts, but many aquarium owners do not realize just how large these fish can get. In the pet store, Bala sharks are sold when they are very young and only measure one or two inches. At maturity, however, the Bala shark has the capacity to grow up to 12 or 14 inches in length. The Bala shark does not even reach sexual maturity until it is around four inches (10 or 15 cm) in size, so Bala shark breeding can be difficult for the average aquarium enthusiast. If you are interested in breeding your Bala sharks, you may want to learn the basics about breeding requirements for this species first.
About Bala Sharks
Also known as the silver shark, Bala sharks are not actually a species of shark - they are a species of freshwater fish whose sleek body shapes resembles that of a shark. These fish generally have slender, silver-colored bodies with black-tipped fins, and they belong to the same family as danios, carps, and minnows. Bala sharks are a hardy variety of tropical fish, which makes them popular among aquarium enthusiasts, but they do require a great deal of space as they grow larger.
A mature Bala shark can grow up to 14 inches in length so they require very large tanks -- it is recommended that they be kept in an aquarium no smaller than 70 gallons in capacity. If you plan to keep several bala sharks,...
Silver dollar fish gained their name from their thin, flat and silvery appearance. These fish, though related to the piranha, are very peaceful community fish that do well in schools of six or more. Breeding silver dollar fish can be tricky but, if you are able to affect the right conditions, these fish can lay up to 2000 eggs at once. Red more to learn how to breed silver dollar fish in the home aquarium.
About Silver Dollar Fish
The silver dollar fish is a native of South America and, though named for a small coin, these fish can grow to more than six inches in length. Silver dollar fish make great community fish and they thrive in schools of six or more because they tend to be skittish fish and, in a school, they feel more secure. Though silver dollar fish are generally friendly toward other fish, they can be very aggressive eaters. Silver dollar fish are almost strictly vegetarian and, because of this tendency, they often feed on the live plants in an aquarium. Aside from plants, however, these fish readily consume a variety of flake, pellet, freeze dried, and frozen fish foods.
Silver Dollar Tank Requirements
Silver dollar fish are typically peaceful in the home aquarium and they are generally easy to care for. Because this fish can grow up to six inches...
While some species of fish are difficult to breed in an aquarium environment, many types of cichlid breed readily in captivity under the right conditions. Large breeds of cichlid can lay hundreds of eggs at a time but, most of the time, only a few fry survive and grow to maturity if left in the community tank. If you are serious about breeding cichlids, and if you would like to raise a majority of your fry to maturity, setting up a cichlid fry tank separate from the breeding tank is an important step. Separated from other fish, your cichlid fry will have a greater chance of survival. Read more to learn other valuable tips about raising cichlid fry to maturity.
Breeding in Cichlids
When it comes to breeding cichlids, these fish can be divided into two main groups by their breeding methods: one group contains mouthbrooders and the other contains substrate spawners. In mouthbrooding species, the process of mating is typically no different from other cichlid species. After the eggs have been released by the female, however, one of the pair will gather the eggs in its mouth and hold them there until they hatch. In some cases, the female will gather the eggs in her mouth and the male will fertilize them afterward. There are even a few species of cichlid (namely tilapiines) which exhibit paternal mouthbrooding. Once the eggs have hatched, the fry will often remain close to the...read more
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