Sand Or Gravel For Sds?

Michael Siwula

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Hi! I’ve been looking into buying Silver Dollars for quite some time. I really love the way they look, plus they live a long time and end up getting really big (at least that’s what I’ve been told).

But with all that said, I have ZERO experience with SDs. How should I set up my tank?

Specifically, should I use sand or gravel? I know sand can be harmful for certain fish (I.e. goldfish). I really like the way sand looks, and wouldn’t mind maintaining it.

Thanks!
 

shiv234

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You can get either. Get something like about 120 gallon tank or so and after the nitrogen cycle has finished you could add like about 6-8 since they usually max at about 6 inches. I'm not to good with silver dollars though. This is just my opinon
 

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It probably doesn't matter since they are not bottom dwellers. For the most part they stay 2-3" above the substrate. Be warned, Silver Dollars are a skittish fish and can be frustrating for some. They literally get spooked by their own shadow sometimes lol. They are not for everyone.
 

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