Lost my largest Bala Shark

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Fire Eel
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My largest Bala Shark died today. My guess is something spooked him and he slammed into the glass as I was sitting on the couch. When I looked up at the tank he was floting.

Fish was in an 8 ft X 3 ft X 3 ft tank. I've had that fish for 9 years.

Random things happen.

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esoxlucius

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That is an absolute bummer, what a fish.

Too many times we go into fish stores and see little balas of 2-3" for sale in tanks with tetras and other small fish. They get bought by people who don't know any better and it's a shame. It's pictures of fish like yours that need to be in stores showing the potential size that some of the fish can achieve.

You can take some comfort from the fact that you had it in a very large tank and it had 9 years of a good life. But still, I feel for you man.
 

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That sucks! Sorry about that. Not much you can do. Do they live much longer than 9 years? Am not familiar with this species more than in passing.
 
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That's sucks. Bala sharks are one fish that I wish I had a big enough tank for.
 
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