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brcacti 05-10-2007 08:08 PM

silver dollars different types, sizes
Anyone know if silver dollars will bite your fingers, hands when cleaning a tank? Sites I have been reading say they have teeth and do give wounds when netting them so be careful. Anyone had problems with this in the common silver dollars and the bigger types too like Myleus schomburgkii and M. rubripinnis?

Lupin 05-11-2007 08:38 PM

None of these fish bite painfully and will not do so as much as other people think they do. Metynnis species are mostly herbivorous and relish predominantly on plants.

Serrasalmus sp. and Pygocentrus on the other hand will if provoked or threatened. These species are mostly carnivorous and have sharp teeth designed to tear away on their prey.

LisaC144 10-22-2009 12:42 PM

Not at all. They won't bite you. They usually swim away if you put your hand in or a net. Don't worry, you'll be fine.

AquariaNow 10-26-2009 06:42 PM

I've kept a few different species of Silver Dollars throughout the years, and have never known any to bite. They are much too timid.


rsheets 10-26-2009 08:36 PM

I've never been bit

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