Black Bar Silver Dollar AKA Disk Tetra (Myleus schomburgkii), Tank-Bred!
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The Black Bar Silver Dollar is a particularly rare and distinctive characin that has only recently been bred and captivity and we are very proud to offer tank-bred juveniles!
The Black Bar Silver Dollar (Myleus schomburgkii) is a larger tetra species that has only recently been bred in captivity. This omnivorous species eats a great deal of vegetable matter and it is a very active schooling fish that makes for a great display fish in larger aquaria. It is very peaceful and makes an excellent tankmate for most fish species that are too large to be considered prey.
The Black Bar Silver Dollar typically occupies the middle and top areas of the water column. It is a somewhat nervous fish, so a secure lid is necessary to ensure that it does not jump out of the aquarium when startled. Though it is a peaceful fish that is mostly herbivorous, it may prey on fish and invertebrates that are small enough to fit in its mouth. It requires a fair amount of cover to feel secure, but it will eat some aquarium plants. Only very durable live plants such as Anubias should be kept with the Black Bar Silver Dollar, and even these plants may need to be replaced periodically.
While this fish will easily accept high quality dry foods, it should also be fed plenty of fresh and blanched vegetable matter supplemented with small frozen or live foods for optimal health and coloration.
- Very rare, especially tank-bred specimens
- Active, schooling community fish that thrives in larger aquariums
- Compatible with most fish and many invertebrates
- Excellent centerpiece fish
- Adaptable to a wide variety of water conditions
- Temperature: 73° - 81° F (23° - 27° C)
- pH: 6.0 - 7.0
- KH: 1 - 10 dKH
- Minimum tank size: 75+ gallons for a small school
- Diet: Omnivorous. Lots of vegetable matter is required. High quality dry foods will be accepted, but should be supplemented often with frozen and live foods.
- Social behavior: Schooling/shoaling, and should be kept in as large of groups as possible. Peaceful with most other fish and invertebrates too large to be considered prey.
- Origin: Tank-Bred, but indigenous to Venezuela, Peru, and Brazil, South America
- Average adult size: 4+ inches (10 cm)
- Average purchase size: 1.5 inches (3.8 cm)