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Have you kept a Red Hook Silver Dollar? If so, share your experiences about care, habitat, feeding and breeding of Red Hook Silver Dollars. Your knowledge could help other owners!

Red hook silver dollars

i got 2 red hooks recently and they seemed alright but then they started to get aggressive with some of my other fish. They have started to nip at the tails of my tinfoil barbs. are they just aggressive ones or are they naturally like that?
—Guest patrick

redhook

I have redhooks, two are 15 years old, need to be in schools , and require a large tank 100 gallon or more! Avoid glass heaters, they dart around tank and will break glass heaters. These fish can live with many types of fish,but no fish that will fit in its mouth, they are vegatarians, but enjoy eating neons guppies and the like. I have found these fish to be easy to care for. I have a school of 10 at this time. I feed them veggie pellets, chiclid pellets, spirliana flakes, cucumbers.
—Guest swampcat

Red Hook

I have silver dollars and angels but just recently(2mths ago) purchased a red hook. I find him to grow faster and he is definitely more aggressive than the others. I caught him eating my otto cat which the other fish never bothered. He tends to chase the others more aggressively all the time. He is very pretty but I don't know whether he is needing more of his type or whether I have just gotten a very aggressive one.
—Guest angelmom

Keeping Red Hook Silver Dollars

Red Hooks are striking fish, they grow very large and very fast so a large (150 gallon for a group) tank is a must. They are very active fish that absolutely need to be kept in groups because they like to school. They love to eat vegetable matter. I feed them cichlid pellets, pleco tabs, blanched spinach, zuchinni, and plant cuttings from another tank. They are shy fish that get scared easily and freak out and crash on the tank glasses. They are very peaceful with other fish, I even have a small group of neon tetras with them. They have a hierarchy among the group. I also have a group of regular silver dollars (argenteus) and both species school together. Hardy and easy to care for, only seem to be susceptible to Ich but if caugth on time they heal immediately. Easy and long lived fish but get a large tank for them
—Guest Ricardo

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