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Blood Parrot is floating upside down - Yikes!!!

For the last four days, my BP has been belly up in the tank (alive, btw). I rescued her from PetCo in August 2016. She was given to them as a fully grown BP by someone who was moving and couldn't take her with him. She was being kept in a plant tank at PetCo with ~65 degree water. THey said if you want her, take her. Anyway, she's been doing very well these past ~11 months. She's been iin a 55 gallon tank with 3 smaller tank mates.

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Home-Movies Time!....

Hello again, fellow PCF-keepers!...

Nothing much to say, just here to share my long-lost and recently found videos of the examples of our beloved species I kept in the past... as well as ones recent. What follows is a link to one of YouTube videos I recently posted showing what-all I've only spoken of in past postings here, starting with the all-so-popuilar mating dance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdm7xQXiTtk 

VERY sick fish. Please help me help her.

This is her before she became ill.  My sweetheart:

Here is a video of what she looks and acts like now:

https://youtu.be/fwuC0niCWFM

 

My piebald blood parrot cichlid, Sophie, has become extremely sick.  She was being bullied in the 40 gallon breeder, and began to show black spots and almost neurological issues such as:

Re-Planing The Tank Set-Up... Again!

It never fails...

Just when I finish getting a fish-tank how I want it, I turn-around & find myself thinking about changing some part(s) or all of it... and today was no exception:

Which parrot to separate?

 

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Gender Opinions? (Pictures included)

The blue eyed piebald is Sophie (I think female?)

The solid is Calcifer (Male?)

Calcifer has gone a bright peach on his underbelly, which seems to be male spawning colors from what I've read, and he's become very aggressive.  Sophie is a sweetheart and a homebody, tending to stay in the cave unless I offer to pet her.

 

SIDE NOTE:  Is it common for blood parrots to have those irridescant blue spots on their tails, or is it a sign of a different breed put into them?  Calcifer's have become SO blue and vibrant in the light.

Is 10 gallons ok temporarily?

Hi, we bought a baby parrot fish today as company for our adult, we took all the bogwood and caves out, rearranged them and popped the new fish in.  Sadly our original fish wouldn't leave the baby alone, she looked like she was trying to bite him (she hasn't caused any obvious injuries), it might be that she was just pushing him with her mouth, it was hard to tell but he was terrified, she was finding him everywhere he hid and chasing him out.  

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Bought a third Blood Parrot, bullying ensued. D :

Okay, so I am completely new to keeping Blood Parrots (but I promise, I did my research beforehand don't you worry!).  I fell in love with them about six months ago, and have been waiting to find the ones who stick out to me.  A month ago, I finally found my babies.  They were at a pet store an hour away from home, in two seperate tanks.  One was a piebald, seperated and priced higher, and the other was regular with another blood parrot in with it.  Both only 2 inches or so.  I felt terrible for taking the remaining Blood Parrot's only tankmate, and worried about him constantly.

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Verizon Introduces: Parrot Cichlids!

During the lead into the fourth commercial-break, while watching tonight's episode of "Scorpion", I rose to get a ginger-ale. As I turned back towards the T.V.-set, I catch sight of a young East-Asian man "mugging" for a photo with a Red Arrowana for his girlfriend, while walking-about an East-Asian city. (Don't ask me which)

Our 6 year old cichlid has stopped eating

I was doing my normal filter / water change-out when I found a slimy mess inside the unit.  I cleaned it and did the change-out.  Next day, the water was cloudy (that's a first) so I did another 50 percent change-out.  I checked the filter the next day and it was filthy but the water looked good....as does the fish!  But then I realized that the mess was due to his not eating.  The build up was unused food.  He was on a pellet that floats and I would give him the occasional peeled peas to prevent any swim bladder.  So, who knows how long he's gone without my noticing he was not eating.

A Trick Of The Light....

Well, I did it... Broke all the rules I preach, but I finally got myself a new Parrot Cichlid and placed him in a 10-gal tank at my bedside. And how couldn't I...?  When I spotted him, in that superstore's tank, he came up to the glass--as I touched it--and did that classic "Will you feed me?" wag-wag dance.

So-far, he's made one of my Moon-rocks as his new home. And feeding has gotten interesting... Soon as the flakes start to sink, he's in a race with the Tetra Glo-fish to get whatever he can. And winning!

Blue Liquide

hi i need help about blue liquid. when we have to use it?????

how much have to drop ?????

is it good for fish health?????

 

want to Know more how To care Red Parrot Fish

hi i bought 4 blood parrot i am giving him sufficient meal but they bite each other what is the reason behind of this is it they are playing each other or what & also some black spot is there ?????

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Why Pure Parrot Cichlid Spawn Are Rare (Corrected)

While on YouTube, I found a video that I feel explains why our beloved aquatic species usually can't breed with it's own like.

I hope this helps all of you understand why, too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hfelo_qAw0&t=4s

I apologize to those that used the previously posted link, as I had no idea that it led to something totally unrelated. Obviously, that an unwitting error on my part. And now, the correct one exists.

Thank-you for your patience...

Mike.

Is My Parrot Healthy?

Hello, I am just wondering if my parrot cichlid is healthy! Please respond! :) 

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Parrot Cichlids Make Television Appearance!

  Okay... I know I've made mention of Parrot Cichlids making an odd appearence in visual-media before, but all of you must admit: It's good to see them somewhere other than on YouTube.

Prolapsed egg sac?

Hi, I have had my parrot fish Delilah for approx 10 years, she has regularly laid eggs. Two weeks ago she started to hang around in the corner of the tank and didn't seem herself. Overnight a large 'tumour' erupted from underneath. I did some research and now think this may be her egg sac. It has egg like objects in it and seems to shed skin like material. I tried some antibiotic into the tank and took her out yesterday to give her an Epsom salt bath. The growth seems to be getting bigger. She lost her colour and I haven't seen her eat for approx 8 days.

Adding fish

I now have a single blood parrot, about 6 inches in size, who has been the only fish in a 75 gal tank for about 6 months.  I was told I can only add fish that are larger than him, but our only fish store that had large fish is now closed.  Can I put smaller parrots in with this one, and what is the best way to do it.  Thanks for any assistance you may provide.

Image upload is fixed

I have fixed the image upload.

Here are the image upload instructions (and I also fixed them in the Help area)

 

Uploading images is simple. Just click the button shown, browse to select your image from your computer, and click Open! The image will appear in your post. 

  

Once you upload, if your image looks too big, double-click the image in the editor window and the Image Properties window wwill appear.

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