05-12-2009, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by yippee
Thanks for the info and link, very helpful. The angels are going in a new tank i will be getting. I definitely plan on feeding the SDs lots of vegetable matter, along with algae wafers and bloodworms and brine shrimp on occasion. I definitely do a weekly water change on all of my tanks as i believe strongly in maintaining a very healthy environment for all of my fish.
Will 6 cories, and 6 SD work well?
will different SD shoal together? Say 3 silvers, 3 spotted. or 4 silver, 2 spotted?
Yes, six and six are OK now when they're young--just remember the SD will grow and require more space. And fish that attain a largish size as adult need adequate conditions to grow in or they can face internal problems (development, immune system issues, etc) arising from what is termed "stunting" which is probably due more to the water quality than the actual space; but space enters the equation because a smaller quantity of water will deterioriate more rapidly than a larger volume. If this doesn't make sense, ask and I'll explain further. For this reason I would recommend partial water changes of 40-50% weekly.
As for your last question, I have not personally kept this species (or more correctly, these species, since there are several similar in appearance and behaviour), but here's a link to one site that says they can be housed together. Silver Dollar | Metynnis argenteus
You might want to do a Google search of this fish and check other sites. As others here will tell you, one can find differing information on the internet, so it is wise to check several authorities for consistent advice. This is something I have always done whenever I have considered acquiring SA fish that are new to me. I want to know exactly what I'm acquiring before I bring them home. It can save a lot of bother over unsuitable fish.