Debbie: If I were to just keep the Silver Dollars, could I keep my Corydoras (6), and my Bristlenose Pleco? I'm not sure what size tank you have, but I have a 65 tall, which is only 3' long. Don't know if this is enough room for the minimum of 5 that's recommended for a minimum.Debbie1986 said:I have had 4 for 14 months.
they are very shy
keep take out of any major traffic area in home, if startled they can injure themselves
I always talk with them in allow soothing voice when approaching their tank so they know nothing is wrong ( less stress)
I keep lights off unless it's their 5 am feeding time.
they have a great personality imo and school nicely.
I sit & talk with them a few feet away & they will come to front of tank and watch
if you can, place them so they can see a tv, they will watch the tv and watch you! Very intelligent!
I watched you tube video a year ago ( not going to post it) where an owner had a biting issue with his silver dollars. I think if they get stressed, (bright light on all the time etc) you can have issues.
However, this is a different video of same issue:
This is 1 fish imo you have to follow the fish temperament guidelines. the much older video I mentioned, this guy's silver dollars were a mess. he tried for months to resolve biting issues. separation etc. they just looked ragged. my phone camera stinks. my 4 have such a high gleam to this skin. in the right light they're gorgeous imo. I'm really proud of them which is why I'm keeping them alone vs stressing them with a community tank.
I have their new tank & hope to have it set up next month ( china cabinet is still in the room, I have to get it removed by paying someone....), then redo the flooring & I can set it up.
I only got 3 of the 4 in this picture just now. I thought I got the other guy solo, but he moved fast! lol. they were the size of a quarter when I got them.
I just watched a video recently, really old silver dollar was the over 20 years old & huge!
attached in case you are interested:(the pic shown is a different fish, he shows the silver very early on on his community tank)
I have never tried live plants, would like to, but it will be in one of my smaller tanks. This tank has driftwood, rocks, fake plants, and sand substrate.!poogs! said:If you have live plants, they will eat them right down to the roots. They can decimate a planted tank in days.
Other than that they look great, are great community tank fish, and in a long tank 3 feet or more, they look great In a school when they swim across the tank.
Betta02 said:Thanks guys for your response. My LFS has some very nice Silver Dollars. It was suggested to me that I try to add a couple more angels and maybe some Silver Dollars. I'm not so sure I'm a fan of the Angels at this point. My 65 gallon is only 3'long, but it's tall. In my reading, I found that a longer tank is recommended.
Once I finish moving everyone, I will end up with one Angelfish (juvenile), 6 Bronze Cories, and a Bristlenose Pleco. I'm trying to figure out what I want to do.
I returned one very aggressive Angel to the LFS yesterday, the other one currently seems to be fairly okay with the current Guppies and Rasboras in the tank.
My dream has always been to have a pair of Blood Parrots in this tank, but my LFS told me I'd have to get rid of my Cories, and I have nowhere else to put them. I've had them over a year, and don't want to part with them.
I'd really like to have fewer, larger fish, so I thought the Silver Dollars may work. But, I don't think my tank is big enough to keep the number needed to keep them happy. Thoughts on this?
The one Angel I had started picking on the other Angel, I gave it a few weeks to see if they would settle down. That didn't happen, and then the aggressive Angel started going after my other fish. My one Angel now seems to be doing much better, hasn't shown any aggression towards anyone else yet. I don't think I will add another Angel, and will pass on the Silver Dollars. I will take some time to figure out a stocking plan for this tank. Thanks for your input/advice, I'm still fairly new to this hobby and it's greatly appreciated.jake37 said:Adding more angels would be a mistake. You would want at most 2 adult angels - your plan of just one - is i think the right move. Angels do like schools as kids but as adults once they reach sexual maturity things can get rocky if you have more than a pair.
When you said 'aggressive' angel that you return - i'm going to guess it was aggressive towards your other angel. This will amost be the case that any size group of angels (even young) will 'bicker' until one is declared the boss which can sometime take several months.
I do think you would be better off with a second angel than trying to introduce silver dollars. Don't take this as a recommendation for another angel but just between the two choices.
Betta02 said:Debbie: If I were to just keep the Silver Dollars, could I keep my Corydoras (6), and my Bristlenose Pleco? I'm not sure what size tank you have, but I have a 65 tall, which is only 3' long. Don't know if this is enough room for the minimum of 5 that's recommended for a minimum.
Why shouldn't you keep the catfish? Well, as Debbie says, if it fits in their mouths... Biggest problem I see: There are several different species of silver dollars and some can grow quite large. I think keeping them in a tank smaller than 100 gallons and a footprint of 2m x 0.5m would be a rather bad idea longterm as they need a lot of swimming space.Betta02 said:Debbie: If I were to just keep the Silver Dollars, could I keep my Corydoras (6), and my Bristlenose Pleco? I'm not sure what size tank you have, but I have a 65 tall, which is only 3' long. Don't know if this is enough room for the minimum of 5 that's recommended for a minimum.
Oh, I missed the sentence where you said so. All good, you made the right decision.Betta02 said:MacZ: I've got 5 tanks now. My 65 is the largest, and I have no more room for a larger tank. This tank has been a bit of a challenge to get stocked the way I'd like it, as far as I'm concerned, the SDF are off the table.
Would parrots eat Cories? I think most can't even quite close their mouths.Betta02 said:My dream has always been to have a pair of Blood Parrots in this tank, but my LFS told me I'd have to get rid of my Cories, and I have nowhere else to put them.
I watch a lot of monster fish videos where a fish only an inch or so bigger eats another one . I just wouldn't chance it. Cories are just to adorable!waterpat said:Would parrots eat Cories? I think most can't even quite close their mouths.