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Characins - Silver Dollars Species
(Silver Dollars species)

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Silver Dollars Species > Quick Stats
Food: Feed them a diet of earthworm (sectioned) bloodworm, beefheart, and shrimp. They also like tropical flake food and spirulina flakes or sea weed salad.
Breeding: Much like Angelfish, the best way to acquire a breeding pair is to purchase a half dozen juvenile silver dollars and raise them together.
Tank Conditions: Varies: They do best in soft moderately acidic water.

This site was created to get straight to the point. Below are some tips on keeping Silver Dollars. Send any additional information or questions to Ask An Expert

Silver Dollars Species

Silver Dollars are very peaceful and get along well with other species in a community tank. They prefer to have the company of other individuals of their own kind, but also interact positively with other species.

Silver Dollars Species: Key Points, Tips & Tricks - Silver Dollars Q/A

  1. Silver Dollars are quick fish that need their space, they like larger tanks.
  2. They reach their maximum size of 6".
  3. There are well over a dozen species of Silver Dollars.
  4. They can be are very shy. Be sure to provide a few places for them to hide.
  5. As they mature they grow spots, don't get to concerned this is not a disease, it's normal.
  6. Silver Dollars are mostly peaceful but can be extremely aggressive eaters.

Silver Dollars Species: DO'S - Silver Dollars Q/A

  1. Keep the light levels low; Silver Dollars frighten easy and are generally shy fish.
  2. They are a schooling fish by nature, Keep at least 6 or more of them. They like company.
  3. Breeding them is not very difficult. They prefer broad leaves to lay their eggs on.
  4. Their diet is almost exclusively vegetarian and in captivity they will often eat all the plants in a tank. They will also eat worms and small insects.

Silver Dollars Species: DONT'S - Silver Dollars Q/A

  1. Never get only one silver dollar, as they need the company of their own species to be happy.
  2. They eat live plants, advisable to use plastic plants, or very sturdy live plants.

Species of Silver Dollars:

  • Metynnis altidorsalis
  • Metynnis argenteus - Silver dollar money
  • Metynnis fasciatus - Striped silver dollar money
  • Metynnis guaporensis
  • Metynnis hypsauchen - Schreitmüller's silver dollar, Striped silver dollar
  • Metynnis lippincottianus - Spotted silver dollar
  • Metynnis luna - Red-spot silver dollar
  • Metynnis maculatus - Speckled silver dollar
  • Metynnis mola
  • Metynnis otuquensis
  • Myleus rubripinnis - Red hook silver dollar
  • Myleus schomburgki - Black-barred silver dollar
  • Mylossoma duriventre - Silver mylossoma, Hard-bellied silver dollar

Follow the above recommendations and you should have a joyful Silver Dollars experience. Send any questions, comments or pictures to Ask An Expert If you are interested in helping out visit our contributions page.

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References/Further Reading

Berra, T. M. 2001. Freshwater Fish Distribution. Academic Press. San Diego, CA
Gery, J. 1977 Characoids of the World. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 672 pp.
Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1947 (and other editions). Fishes of the Great Lakes Region. Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bulletin No. 26.
Moyle, P.B. and J. J. Cech, Jr. 2000. Fishes: An Introduction To Ichthyology, 4th Edition. Prentice Hall, New Jersey.
Myers, G.S. 1972 The Piranha Book: an account of the ill-famed piranha fishes of the rivers of tropical South America. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.
Nelson, J. S. 1994. Fishes of the World, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.
Page, L. M. and B. M. Burr. 1991. Peterson Field Guides: Freshwater Fishes. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, Mass.
Paxton, J. R. and W. N. Eschmeyer. 1998. Encyclopedia of Fishes. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
Shulte, W. 1988 Piranhas in the Aquarium. T.F.H. Publications, Neptune City, NJ. 128 pp.

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