Above: In this picture a young Premium Quality Black Bar Silver Dollar Fish is swimming in one of our aquariums, when one of us snapped this picture.
Comments: These are awesome looking fish that don't get as big as most other Silver Dollar species. When they mature, they are awesome looking fish!
Origin: The ancestors of this Silver Dollar lived in the northeastern parts of South America, but now they also live in aquariums all over the world.
Maximum Size: In aquariums they are said to grow to be about 5" long, including their tails, which is a nice big size for aquariums of about 50 to 80-gallons greater.
Long ago DrTom saw males about 8" long and females about 6" long, but he wonders if as usual there may be more than one species that occur over a wide region with differing maximum sizes.
Behaviors: Silver Dollars are usually not aggressive, but they can eat very small tankmates, like Guppies and Neon Tetras, so be careful when choosing tankmates.
Compatibility: Some recommended tank mates include Angels that are about the same size as the Silver Dollars, Swordtails and Mollies.
Also White Tip Shark Cats, when they are small, Plecostomus Catfish, and Pictus Catfish are also good tank mates for Silver Dollars.
Silver Dollars are often seen in aquariums with Gouramis, Giant Danios, Rainbows, a group of Bala Sharks, and a group of Clown Loaches.
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Temperature: These Silver Dollars live best from about 72 to 80-degrees F. with 78 being perhaps ideal.
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Feeding: Premium Fish Food Flakes and Pellets are the best food for these fish to eat.
Feed them flakes and very small pellets, when they're young, and then gradually increase the size of the pellets as they grow larger.
In their natural habitat they eat fruits and vegetation, so it might be fun to feed them a smallish piece of, oh say, watermelon.
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Water Conditions: These fish can adapt to most types of water. So as usual it's best not to try to change the pH or alkalinity of your aquarium water for them.
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Aquarium Size: when small a few of these Black Bar Silver Dollars should live in at least a 30-gallon aquarium, but as they grow, they will eventually need to live in at least a 80-gallon aquarium.
Decor: These Silver Dollars do not need gravel. Gravel more than 1/4" thick will usually fill with bits of uneaten food that will contaminate the water.
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Live plants are beautiful and improve the water quality. Floating plants are necessary for breeding.
Aquarium Filter: Bio-Wheel Filters are highly recommended. Use one Penguin 350B Filter in a 30-gallon aquarium.
Most 80-gallon aquariums have room across the back for at least two Penguin 350B Filters, and this is sort of the minimum set up for adult Silver Dollars.
Better is a 100, 120, or 150-gallon aquarium with as many Penguin 350B Filters as will fit across the back.
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The addition of Lava Rocks will keep nitrates in the ideal range. Click here to learn more about using Lava Rocks in aquariums.
Life Span: These Silver Dollars can live for several years. Keep the water conditions excellent and feed them premium foods, and they'll most likely live for many years.
Gender: It's very difficult to determine the gender of these fish. Eventually most males have a larger and more pointed fins.
Just before spawning the females fill with eggs and so may be plumper than males.
Breeding: These Silver Dollars are egg layers, but it isn't easy to breed these fish in captivity.
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Popularity: Silver Dollars have been a popular aquarium fish for many years, but this Black Bar variety is rather new and rare in the aquarium hobby.
Names: Their scientific name is Myleus schomburgkii.
Variations: There are no variations of this species that are known to us.
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We hope you've enjoyed reading these comments.
DrT - 12/23/2014
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