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Silver Dollar


Species: Metynnis hypsauchen
Common Name: Silver Dollar
Note: There is some confusing among the species identification, they can be labeled as Metynnis hypsauchen, Metynnis argenteus and Mylossoma duriventre. Whatever the species their needs are basically the same.
Size: Up to 6 inches (15 cm)
Habitat: SOUTH AMERICA: Amazon and Paraguay River basins.
Min Tank Size: 55 gallons or larger for schools.
Diet: Mainly herbivorous, will accept most flake foods, frozen, live and freeze-dried. Must have vegetable matter as a primary part of its' diet
Behavior: Peaceful and active schooling fish, should be kept in groups of 6 or more. Will eat any live plants.
Water: Water Chemistry not critical, temperature 75 - 84°F (24 29°C) pH 6.0-7.0 dH range: 4 - 18
Care: Easy, keep in schools.
Communities: Excellent, keep in schools with other peaceful fish.
Suitability: Good.

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