I am an aquarium fanatic, but one thing that I really hate is the subscription to the old way of thinking, as we grow in the hobby, our practices grow as well. The reason I’m posting today is because I’ve been trying to gather other people’s opinions as far as what to do with my silver dollars because I’m downsizing and consolidating my tanks. I have a tank with discus and a couple of other fish in it, that I’m considering and I went to the forums for maybe a little reassurance, that was a mistake. If you’ve never done something then how are you in a position to make comments, that’s like a person that’s never been married giving marriage advice.
One thing that really bugged me was the idea that discus would starve if silver dollars are introduced in the tank. Let me give you guys some perspective, discus share waters with caiman, Oscars, piranhas, turtles, otters, angelfish, knife fish, stingrays, various birds of prey and, oh yeah, silver dollars. The idea that these guys are so frail that they’d die because a fish is faster that it is, is ridiculous. I also want to put a black ghost knife in that tank, and that was met with the same type of response, except this time it was the nocturnal nature of the knife fish. However we see continuous tanks being setup with plecos which are nocturnal in nature. This hobby is full of advice, some of it comes from the heart and we need to adhere to it, such as pH values and filtration requirements, tank size and fish size, however compatibility is a little more trial and error. As long as extremes are avoided. I’ve seen tanks with tiger barbs and piranhas in it, I’ve seen largemouth bass and crayfish coexisting for years, I even had a betta thrive in a tank with African cichlids. The point is, try to experience the hobby in your own way, follow advice until it becomes second nature to you, then don’t be afraid to live a little!!!!!!