Spotted Silver Dollar - Metynnis lippincottianus
Species name: Metynnis lippincottianus
Synonym: Myletes lippincottianus, Myletes orbicularis, Metynnis anisurus, Metynnis orbicularis, Metynnis goeldii, Metynnis roosevelti, Metynnis seitzi, Metynnis heinrothi, Metynnis snethlagae, Metynnis dungerni
Family: Characidae subfamily: Serrasalminae
Max. size: 13 cm / 5 inches
Origin: South America. Amazon River basin, north eastern Guiana Shield rivers.
Temperament: non aggressive.
Company: Suitable for a community aquarium.
Water parameters: pH 5.5-7.5, temperature 24-27°C / 75-80° F
Aquarium setup: Always keep more then one of these fishes together in an aquarium. They require large aquarium with suitable hiding places, which can be created using roots and rocks. Do not use plants in aquarium with this species since they will be eaten however plastic plants might be a good setup detail to create more hiding places. If you want to use living plants you might try javamoss and javafern which might be left alone.
Feeding: Accepts all kinds of vegetable food.
Breeding: Sexing is done by looking at the anal fin which in males have a red seams. This species is easily breed. Floating plants promotes spawning. Each spawning contains up to 200 eggs, which hatches after 3 days and after an additional 2-5 days the fry is swimming. They will start eating approximately 2 days after they become free swimming. Raising the temperature and increasing lights might promote spawning.
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