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DIET CARE This peaceful, medium-sized Fish has a lifespan of 10 years and is ideal for community aquariums. They belong to the Characidae family. APPEARANCE They are six inches long and look like an old silver dollar because of their flat body. Their diet consists of both meat and plants as they are omnivores. They are large, peaceful schooling Fish who need plenty of swimming space. You should keep them in a group of at least five individuals. They can be quite skittish and reclusive if kept alone. Other popular types are spotted Silver Dollar and Red Hook Silver Dollar. TANK SETUP They mainly swim in the middle and top part of the water column, so they need open areas for swimming. They are jumpy Fish who prefer dim lighting and background. We suggest using dark-colored gravel as a substrate. You need a lot of open space but also some hiding places around the back and sides of the tank. DIET They are omnivorous fish but prefer an herbivorous diet. They usually feed on the surrounding vegetation, including terrestrial plants like lettuce, seaweed, and large vegetable flakes. They can have treats like bloodworms, brine shrimp, and boiled potatoes. TANK MATES These are great community Fish. Ideal tank mates are Catfish and South and Central American Cichlids. Giant Daniosand Pacus are also good tank companions. Silver Dollars are at their best when kept together.