Black Bar Myleus (Myleus schomburgkii)


A distinctively marked large schooling characin, the Black Bar Myleus or Black Bar Silver Dollar makes an impressive display fish in a tank of large cichlids or predatory fish or as a centerpiece fish on their own. With their distinctive vertical black bar, elongated dorsal and anal fins, and combination of silver, red, and iridescent blue coloration, mature specimens are spectacular fish and will display the best behavior and color in a group of 5 or more. With a wide range spanning much of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, M. schomburgkii has several distinctive regional color variants, with the Orinoco form also known as “blue hook” or “emperor blue hook” due to the iridescent blue they display as adults.



Black Bar Myleus (Myleus schomburgkii)

Origin: Wild Colombia
Locale: Rio Orinoco
Diet: Omnivore, will accept most frozen and prepared foods in the aquarium
Adult Size: 7″
Recommended Tank Size: 90 gallon
Compatibility: Generally peaceful but may eat very small fish. Best kept in groups and with similarly-sized fish

Preferred Water Parameters
pH:                          6.0 – 7.5
Temp:                     75-82F
Ammonia:              0ppm
Nitrite:                    0ppm
Nitrate:                  <30ppm

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