Everything about Silver Dollar || [Caring-Breeding-Feeding-Types]

Everything about Silver Dollar || [Caring-Breeding-Feeding-Types]

The Silver Dollar fish comes from South America
and has been a favorite among tropical fish hobbyists for many years. The Silver Dollar gets to be about 6 inches
or about the size of a saucer. They are a brilliant silver in color and in
some varieties, the male will have a small amount of red on its anal fin.Silver Dollar
Fish are mostly peaceful but can be extremely aggressive eaters. Silver dollar are distant cousins to the piranha
— and, in fact, they’re native to the Amazon River — but they’re herbivores and they’re
harmless. They stick entirely to a vegetarian diet.Lifespan:
10+ years how to tell the gender
The anal fin is longer in males than in females, and it’s usually red on the leading edge. You can tell the difference more easily if
you have both males and females in the tank together, so you can compare them. Male silver dollars sometimes have a dark
or black outline along the edge of the tail fin.And when male silver dollars are interested
in available females, they’ll develop two black or smudgy dark dots behind their gills
on each side of their bodies. how to care
Silver dollars prefer subdued lighting, dark substrate, plenty of room to move about as
well as some good hiding places. Ideally, keep them in a school, which means
a large tank. It’s advisable to use plastic plants or
very sturdy live plants because they will eat live plants. They do best in soft moderately acidic water,
although they’re not fussy about water conditions. how to breed
Silver dollar females often lay as many as 2,000 eggs at a time. When you’ve identified your male and female
silver dollars, feed them a high quality diet for a week or more before moving them to a
breeding tank. The tank should be dimly lit with soft water
at about 8 dGH or less. Keep the temperature at 80 to 82 F. You’ll
also want to provide plenty of leafy plants for a soft landing spot to catch the eggs
and keep them safe until they hatch. Silver dollar fry will typically hatch within
three days, but may take a little longer. Because silver dollars are not carnivorous,
the adults won’t eat the eggs. It’s perfectly safe to leave the whole family
in the tank together, but the fry usually do better on their own. It takes up to nine days before they’ll begin
swimming about freely on their own. They should reach adult size within eight
months or so. If the challenge of differentiating between
male and female silver dollars is too much, consider buying six or so juveniles and letting
them grow up together. The males and females will typically pair
off on their own with no help from you. In fact, it’s recommended that you raise silver
dollars in groups. They tend to be very social fish and they
will generally only breed if they’re not too isolated. Always keep them in schools of at least five. what to feed
Interestingly, Silver Dollars are in the same family as Piranhas, but instead of being carnivores,
they are almost exclusively vegetarian. Their favored foods include vegetable flakes
such as spirulina, lettuce, watercress and cooked romaine or spinach. They will also eat cooked vegetables such
as peas and squash. When feeding any fresh food, take extra care
to remove any uneaten portions promptly as it will foul the water. Even though the Silver Dollar prefers a vegetarian
diet, they will eat meaty foods as treats. They are especially fond of bloodworms, mosquito
larvae (glass worms) and brine shrimp. If the Silver Dollars are in a community tank,
watch them at feeding time to ensure that more active and aggressive fish don’t get
all the food.


  1. I don't know if you'll reply to this,
    But do you know how many you have to have minimum in a school, Also will they Go Good with smaller fish and Bala sharks

  2. i have a 150 g tank and ive just brought one i put him in and i was concerned with the behaviour and the dwarf gourami must have sensed that and began attacking him… turns out hes just a agressive/ dominant fish
    im wondering how many silverdollars i could have in the tank and what fish i should not keep them with?

  3. I just bought 4 baby silver dollars for my new 120 litre tank. One of them is not doing well, it has been laying on the bottom, I think it might have taken a knock in transport. I think there is a chance it will survive as it has moved a few times to find different shelter.

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