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silver shark's scales (split from white spot thread)
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PostPosted: 2003.09.01(Mon)7:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

My silver shark's scales are dark in certain places and it almost lokks like scratches. He is in a peaceful tank with mostly neons and danios. There is a spotted raphael catfish that comes out at night but I don't think that he quarrels with the Bala. Is this fluke? What sort of treatment should I find? Will he heal in time? He seems to be fine in behaviour.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.02(Tue)16:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a look at Pandora's excellent site and see if you can identify the marks. It doesn't sound like flukes from what you have described so far.
Good luck! Smile
http://www.fishpalace.org/Disease.html
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)10:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

He has had these marks for ages! I don't think it is anything serious because he's swimming around contently and still looks really healthy.
I think he's catching himself against stuff when he gets really nervous and bombs around the tank. Very Happy Smile Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)10:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this is a bala shark and it is alone then the bombing around the tank you mention is panic and flight. I would guess injury as well.
Bala sharks require a massive tank as well as others of its kind to start acting normally.

What tank do you currently have him in?
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)13:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got him in a 50 gallon tank. It is extremely well maintained and there is plenty of mid-water swimming space as well as dense foliage to provide shelter and refuge. As I have said before there are no menacing fish and I always approach the tank as slowly as possible. I feed him on a varied diet of flakes, pelets, frozen spinach, skinned peas and frozen bloodworm.
His dorsal fin is fully erect and he's nearly always placid. Would he be less cautious if I found a fellow Bala for company? He's about 5''
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PostPosted: 2003.09.05(Fri)15:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

I doubt that just one more would help matters.
Schools of five are more appropriate.

Adult sharks need over 100g tanks before they will act normally.
I would say that you should leave it alone in a 50g so that (though cramped) it will last as long as the small tank permits it to.
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PostPosted: 2003.09.07(Sun)4:40    Post subject: Reply with quote

He keeps nudging the glass of the tank as if he wants to escape. I really don't want to get rid of him! I'll post a picture of the complete tank when I get the chance. Sad
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