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Home > Silver Dollar Fish Metynnis and Myleus species imported from Venezuela and Paraguay

Silver Dollar Fish Metynnis and Myleus species imported from Venezuela and Paraguay

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Metynnis orinocensis photo by Frank Schäfer

Spotted silver dollars species from Venezuela and Paraguay

Silver Dollars fish are known community tank fish and are best kept in small groups of six fish. These fish will remain towards the tops of the aquarium and as well as occupy the middle areas of the aquarium too.
 
These large freshwater fish are known to relish generous amounts of vegetable matter relative to their diet, prepared foods include spirulina sticks, algae wafers and vegetable flake food. In terms of food from the super market, silver dollars can be fed peas, cucumbers and courgette. Be sure to research how to prepare raw vegetables and offer it to them.
 
 
Every child has heard about piranhas. Piranhas are predatory tetras. Many horror stories are told about piranhas, most of them lies. The silver dollars are close relatives of the piranhas. They also have sharp or broad teeth, but they use them to bite off pieces of plant material or to crack nuts and seeds.
 
The medium sized (15-20 cm) species belonging to the genus Metynnis feed mainly on plant material. The members of the genus can be recognized easily by the typical shape of the enormous adipose fin. We could import very pretty young Metynnis from Venezuela, which most probably belong to the species M. orinocensis.
 
As a bycatch a small number of "red hooks" were sent along with the Metynnis, most probably Myleus rubripinnis. Myleus are seed-crackers. The large mouth and the large teeth are adaptations to that behavior. Myleus become larger than Metynnis, one should expect that they reach about 25 cm: Adult fish look totally different and are much more colorful than the youngsters. They are perfect show fish for display aquaria.
 
Only one specimen of another species of Myleus reached us from Paraguay, This fish represents most probably an individual of M. tiete. Even in the very young specimen the very large dorsal and anal fins are very obvious.
 
For our customers: Metynnis orinocensis has code 268082, Myleus rubripinnis 270401 and Myleus cf. tiete 270521on our stock list. Please note that we exclusively supply the wholesale trade.
 
Up for sale are captive bred Spotted Silver Dollars, approximately 1.5" - 2" in size. These are just beginning to develop the spots and some may or may not clearly display spots. They will develop with age.
 
Text & photos: Frank Schäfer
 

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List of Species for Metynnis and Myleus Silver Dollar Fish 

Metynnis lippincottianus
Metynnis fasciatus
M. argenteus
M. hypsauchen
M. maculatus
M. orinocensis
Myleus cf. tiete
Myleus cf. rubripinnis
 
Myleus cf. tiete photo by Frank Schäfer
 
Myleus cf. rubripinnis photo by Frank Schäfer
 
Captive bred spotted silver dollars photo by Mike Drawdy
 

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