Black Widow

Black Widow
Black Widow

Silver Dollar And Black Tetra Fish Care - Tips To Create Ideal Acquarium Conditions

Silver dollar fish are popular, great looking tropical, freshwater fish and have been a hit with aquarium owners for years. These fish come from South America and only grow to five or six inches. As you can imagine, they get their name from their look. Silver Dollars are flat, silver fish with extremely round bodies. They resemble a silver tea cup saucer, or a silver dollar.

There are different types of silver dollar fish. One that many fish aquarists enjoy is the spotted silver dollar (metynnis lippincottianus).

Spotted silver dollar should be kept in a school of three or more. While generally peaceful fish, the spotted silver dollar will be uncomfortable and could get scared if not in a school. They tend to be a little hyper. If you come up to the tank too quickly or make any sudden movements near the water, the fish will dart wildly around the tank. For their sake, have safe aquarium decorations. But, don't put live plants in the tank unless you don't want it. These fish are herbivores and will demolish any live plants.

Feed these fish a steady diet of green vegetables, flakes and occasionally live food. A healthy diet will go a long way in their car.

Aquarium conditions: Even though these are smaller fish, they prefer a very large tank. Give them room to swim. The water should be around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Only venture two degrees in either direction from this. They enjoy soft, acidic water. The pH level needs to be around 6.0 to 7.5.

There are silver dollar fish (metynnis hypsauchen) without the spots. These silvery fish are skittish as well. Don't make any sudden movements near the tank or they will freak out. They require many of the same environment conditions as the spotted silver dollar and make a good communal fish.

Silver dollar aquariums can be a lot of fun with these tiny fish darting around. Give them many hiding places with a larger tank and fake, plastic plants. The real kind will get eaten up.

Aquarium conditions: Keep the water temperature between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These tropical freshwater fish like it warm. The pH should stay between 5.5 and 7.0.

If silver dollar fish are not what you're after, you may want to look around the pet shop for other types of fish. There are so many different fish to choose from that if you don't like one kind there will probably be six other species you will fall in love with. Go through the aisles of the pet shop or search the Internet to see if there are any fish that catch your interest. One fish you might want to consider is the Black Widow Tetra (gymnocorymbus ternetzi). The fish have black dorsal and anal fins with black stripes across its body.

It's one of the most popular tropical freshwater fish for its friendly personality and unique look. It's a great community fish, so it will add flavor to any aquarium. There are different varieties of this fish, which makes them interesting. You will find this fish is some different colors such as the petticoat (light pink). Black tetras enjoy most foods. Give them a variety of foods to ensure a healthy diet. Try flakes, live food, worms and frozen foods.

Aquarium conditions: These fish are easy to care for, which makes them a big hit for tropical freshwater aquarium lovers. They like hard, acidic water. The pH level should be between 5.5 and 8.5, which is a very large value. The temperature of the tank should be between 75 and 79 degrees. These conditions allow the fish to enjoy a variety of conditions with many other fish.

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