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post #1 of 8 Old 08-26-2011, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Feeding of Silver Dollars

I have three silver dollars that I purchased last saturday. Each about the size of a quarter. Without bothering to do my research I was feeding them frozen brine shrimp. I realize now that they are Herbavors. However they seem to really like the shrimp. They are noticably larger as well. I would like to know if this is ok and if I need to give them a suplement to their diet of some vegitation. I stopped by petsmart and they didn't seem to have any food specifically for herbavors.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-27-2011, 01:49 AM
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I would definitly feed them something other than just the brine shrimp. From what I understand brine shrimp have very little nutritional value unlike baby brine shrimp. You can try to see if you may be able to have something special ordered in. I don't know what petsmarts policy is on that or if they will. If not if you have any other lfs or lps in the area I would check with them. Also there is the option of ordering online, Tetra has a veggie flake that they make which is available on foster and smiths site. Till you can find something like that I would definitly suggest feeding them a good quality flake food. Things like brine shrimp, blood worms and such should only be fed as a treat and not as a main staple.
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post #3 of 8 Old 08-27-2011, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice. I will deffinatly look into that today. There are numerous Aquarium stores in the Sacramento area. I'll start there. I was worried that the shrimp might not be enough nutrition for them.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-27-2011, 11:05 AM
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And variety is the spice of life. Prepared (dried) foods are high in nutrition and can be used as staple foods like Barb said, with the frozen as "treats." Get a selection of quality foods, I alternate between 4 types, but 3 types would be fine, two of which should be veggie-based for herbivorous fish. Omega One make quality foods, and they have two veggie flakes, a Kelp flake which is my preference and another. Their basic flake is also good. Hikari are also good quality foods.

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I have several different types of flakes already but I think I will try to find the kelp flakes today. What about fresh veggies? Maybe some Romaine or something else leafy? Since they do like to eat plants ( already had their way with the dwarf baby tears) would that make them happy?
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I have several different types of flakes already but I think I will try to find the kelp flakes today. What about fresh veggies? Maybe some Romaine or something else leafy? Since they do like to eat plants ( already had their way with the dwarf baby tears) would that make them happy?
They tend to go for delicate plants, suggesting they might have trouble with tougher greens. Duckweed floating would likely be eaten, thinking of an aquarium plant that reproduces rapidly. For veggies, try blanched spinach. Romaine might be too tough. Other members with experience with this species may have more suggestions.

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post #7 of 8 Old 11-24-2011, 04:16 PM
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My silver dollars won't eat lettuce,but they do like frozen shredded zuchinni.
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-25-2011, 03:40 PM
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i no longer have silver dollars, but imo, best and easiest way to go, get a vegi clip, and those herbovore sheets, tear off a 2 to 3 inch square, and your good to go,, allows them to graze at their own speed,
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