This reply has several portions so please bear with me.
I purchased 4 fish from my local Petco (the remainder of the post will be more understandable is you quit laughing before continuing)*.
They were labeled "Silver Dollar
Tetra" and were nickel size.
I purchased them because "their markings" were very distinct even at their young age.
I had never seen these markings on a Silver Dollar
in the literature and had never heard of a "Silver Dollar
I will try to remember to bring my office camera home tomorrow and post a few photographs of them.
They typically have light reddish anal and pectoral fins, a large black dot near the pectoral fins and light grey dots on their body.
I have only found one photograph of a Silver Dollar
which "even remotely resembles these fish".
Can anyone "shed some light on this situation"?
There is "something wrong here". I lost one the first night in the weir overflow, purchased 4 more the next day and have not had a loss since. These are very, very hardy fish: they have grown from nickel size to dollar size in approximately 4 months.
Some folks will "absolutely disagree" with my method of inducing fish into my tank (but I have had very, very good luck with it) which is:
Place the bag in the tank and let stay in the tank for an hour.
Remove most of the water from the bag into the sink.
Put the fish and the remaining water in the tank.