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hatchetfish compatibility... or silver dollars

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I was in an lfs purchasing an angelfish and the silver hatchetfish caught my eye.
I'd like to get some if they are compatible with my other fish.

But I'm also wondering about silver dollars... they're supposed to be in groups of at least 3, right? Will they be ok in a 55 gallon tank?

Here is my current stock in my 55 gallon tank:
angelfish (1)
dwarf gourami (1)
serpae tetra (15)
pearl danio (15)
platy (6)
amano shrimp (3)

I would get one or the other- silver dollars or hatchetfish but not both.
Are they compatible?
Will I be over stocked?

Also wondering about the hatchetfish being able to fly... do they do that often and is it easy for them to fly out of an open-top aquarium with water about an inch below the top?

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Ok, thanks, everyone.
Yeah, I noticed the serpaes can be a bit of a bother to the angel at times.
I just checked AqAdvisor. I had forgotten about that site. It says I am about 76% stocked but that I should add more filtration (I have a Hagen Fluval C4 for 70 gal).

So, will a hatchetfish fly out of the tank only when it sees a bug it wants to catch or will they just do it randomly for fun?
My tank is 48" x 12" x 24"

Yeah, I guess hatchetfish and silver dollars are out. I also just read that silver dollars would eat all my plants. so, nevermind!
Assuming the 12" is front to back (rather than top to bottom) then Aqadvisor has you at 106% stocked otherwise you are way too low for an adult Angelfish ;-).
That's weird because when I choose 55 gal from the list, it automatically puts in the dimensions (it says the height is 21 rather than 24 though like i thought).
I just did the whole thing again and I still got 74%...
OH! Ok I know what you're looking at. haha

And yeah, I'm going to move my amano shrimp in with my bettas eventually.
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