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benruth - 2004-06-28
I keep a pair of blood parrots. Just the other day, one of them got a piece of gravel stuck inside its mouth! It was hiding away inside the caves for a couple of days, basically not its normal active playful self. Then one day, it got hungry enough to appear to dive for the floating pellets during mealtimes, and appears to spit it out when it reaches it. That is when i had the opportunity to see a piece of stone in its mouth!

i caught it with my net, and used a pair of tweezers to gently extract out the stone. It took a couple of attempts, as it seems lodged firmly inside. Thank God, it was finally pulled out, and i released the blood parrot back into the tank.

Within a couple of hours, it got back its normal appetite and level of energy! These fishes are indeed the center of (dis)traction for me! I highly recommend this fish.

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  • Angie - 2013-11-30
    Your post may be too dated for this response, but just in case, I have a question. Did someone help you remove the piece of gravel? Exactly how did you accomplish such a procedure on a little fish especially if he was trying to get away? I ask because I need to get some debris off my little maroon clown fish who is only about 2 inches long, if that! Hoping for a reply, Angie
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Skip Boatman - 2013-04-12
We have one Albino Cory in our tank with about 40 or so guppies. Tonight she laid eggs on the side of the tank. Is it possible for her to cross breed with the guppies, or was it just time for her to lay the eggs?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-04-13
    I am really not sure, but I don't believe that corys and guppies can breed together. I am thinking she just laid unfertilized eggs. Keep an eye on them and see if they hatch!
  • Marinci - 2013-04-15
    She just laid her eggs, but guppies wont fertilize the eggs because thy dont breed like that. If you want little fry Corydoras you have to have a male of its kind.
  • haren - 2013-11-29
    Your cory was probably already pregnant. Guppies are live bearers and noooooo way can that happen. Plus your cory would benefit from being in a group of 4 or more so they can play. Having one must be awful for her.
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Richard - 2013-11-27
I have 1 blue oranda named Belle, 1 orange fantail named Girl, and 1 chocolate fantail named Chocolaté. Every time I go by their tank they rush to the corner waiting for me to feed them. Anyone else can come to the tank and they don't move from where they are at. As soon as I go by boom there they go to the top of the tank. Crazy little guys!

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Sheila - 2013-02-24
My red devil is about 8 years old & has begun to just lay on the bottom of the tank on his side. My husband thinks it's time to remove him but I just can't. He's been such a great pet & after having to put my lab down a few months ago, I just hate to lose him too. He's breathing, he looks around & when pushed will swim away. But mostly he's just laying on his side. He's been doing this for a few weeks now. I hate to think he's in pain. . .do you think he is dying & I should take steps to go ahead & send him on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Check water levels.  Try adding some air stones.  Is he eating?
  • MAMAS5 - 2013-03-14
    Sheila my comment above is actually for you I meant to hit Reply on your post and hit add a comment instead! How is your red devil doing now? I do hope u figured out what his issue was!
  • hayley - 2013-03-15
    HI there my red devil was doing the same.. I had him in with my plec and a zebra loach and another loach. they were fine though.. I have since put him in a bigger tank.. Added some other faster moving fish..with plenty of hiding places.. I was very on edge at first But it seems to have brought him round.. He rests in his castle but is more active.. Its mad really I've had him 3/4 years dont know how old he was when I got him.. But know when this fish arrived he wouldn't accept other fish apart from the loaches.. And was advised to leave him alone.. He now has his space and they all seem quite happy using the full tank.. He isn't sleeping on his side... the tank does seem well balanced.. occasionally he gives a chase.. But thats it.. x I feed him tropical frozen food blood worms etc cucumber, peas, pellets and flake..
  • April - 2013-03-12
    I just had the same thing happen to my red devil. He was acting like this for a couple months though. First I thought he was just old, but then I read they can live up to 15 years. Then I treated him for some disease with Maracyn 2 but he didn't get better. Then I had someone come and look at him and they said that he injested too many rocks and sand (he liked to move them) and couldn't pass them. So he was bloated, backed up and just the toxins were building up inside. She gave him some tablet, it was a 50/50 chance. I've read you can put epsom salt in your tank too, to help constipation. Unfortunately it was too late for my fish we buried him last week. But I hope you can save yours, they are beautiful fish!
  • melanie - 2013-09-06
    April, what kind of tablet was it? Our fish is doing the exact same thing and he likes to move pebbles and is not laying on the ground and doesn't want to move.
  • nigel - 2013-11-27
    Sounds like what they call sleeping disease even though awake they just sit there doing nothing and get listless. I lost a large oscar to this a month ago and it was horrible.
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kim - 2013-11-26
Hi there, last year I bought two small black moors to add to my large tank, I am not an experienced goldfish keeper by any standard, but five weeks ago my black moor laid a bunch of eggs. I was very surprised as I didn't know that they were a male and female, anyway, I was advised to remove the parent fish as they were eating the eggs and I have them in a smaller tank, many of the fry have died and the stronger ones are thriving. I just wanted to know when it would be a good time if any to put the parent fish back into the big tank?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Baby goldfish grow quickly. Possibly by the third week the parents could be re-introduced, though there may still be some risk, 4-5 weeks is probably better.
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Linda - 2013-11-23
I have 2 Red Severums that are about 4 yrs old. Having a difficult time figuring out if they are male and female. The smaller more vibrant one is always digging up gravel and spitting it out to make a large hole. Lately the larger less colorful one has been staying at the bottom of the tank and does not appear to be eating. It loves earthworms- but that's all it would eat- and I was worried that it was not getting proper nutrition so I stopped buying them and got some Cichlid pellets. Also, when the larger, less colorful one swims around- the smaller one swims right over, appearing to dominate it. The smaller more colorful one rules the tank- I know we have too many fish in our 55 gal tank but can't do anything about it until we move in a few months- we keep up on water changes and try to keep the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite lowered with a chemical additive- it's the best I can do right now. I'm not sure if the larger Red Severum with pale color is sick or maybe just being dominated by the smaller one. I could swear that one time we saw eggs on the bottom of a flat surface decoration in the tank, but they disappeared the next day and we have never seen them again. When we move I plan to only have the 2 Severums in the 55 gal tank and move the others to another tank. Neither one of them is an enthusiastic eater and we've tried many varieties of food- but they are still alive so they must be eating something!

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carl rumsey - 2013-11-22
i have overfed my jaguar chicken slices, she hasnt eaten or had a bowel movement in 6 days. she has swelled up on both sides of her belly. Golf ball size stomach. I believe she is about to explode. Please help. What should I do to save her? ty carl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like he's constipated. Try giving him a few shelled peas, it's like a fishy ex-lax. Use frozen peas thawed a bit in the microwave, remove the outer skin and feed the rest.
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Lisa - 2013-11-22
We got a tank bout 2 weeks ago and went to the local fish supplier and brought 1 striped rapheal catfish, 1 silver tipped shark, 1 silver catfish, 3 tinfoil barbs and a elephant-nose fish, they all seem to get on well but the problem is with both the catfish, the silver catfish keeps swimming at the top of the tank and today I noticed one of the tentacles at the front is now shorter then the other one, will this harm the fish? The other is the rapheal fish keepes moving stuff around the tank if it doesnt seem to like where it is and can seem to get really moody. Does anyone know why this is?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I'm thinking the size of your tank may be too small for the number of catfish you have, which is causing the Raphael Catfish to try and 'fix' things. The shorter tentacle could very likely be the result of a quarrel, another sign that there may be too many fish in the tank.
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TT - 2008-11-28
I wish people would quit about brackish requirements for keeping Spotted Green Puffers. It has no factual bases. The Spotted Green Puffer is an amazing fish. In their natural habitat they breed and spawn in Brackish water. However, adults typically migrate to freshwater. Adult Spotted Green Puffers have been found in Marine, Brackish and Freshwater habitats. They will do just fine in a freshwater tank. However, you can't just take one which has been living in brackish or marine environment and drop them into a freshwater environment. The reverse is also true. As long as you provide a clean freshwater environment with hardwater and a slightly higher ph, this great fish will do just fine. Don't spit out information you read on the internet from people whom have no idea what they're talking about.

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  • Blake D - 2010-04-25
    So can I expect any of the thirteen SGP’s in my small pond outside to breed? I gave them plenty of plants and a few small lilies for shade from the harsh southern Louisiana sun. Coolers and heaters keep the water temp between 75 and 81 degrees Fahrenheit year round. They never really show any aggressiveness towards there pond mates of neon tetras, mollies, platys, guppies, and the one loan beta. All other live bearers bread wildly with a high rate of fry survival. I even throw extra salt water from my reef tank into the pond and keep it at brackish levels. Should I be focused on planting swords? Or should I focus on giving them a more rocky type playground with slate standing straight up like discus use for there eggs? Or both?
  • Anonymous - 2010-08-19
    No, no, no, no, no, no.

    They are born in FRESHWATER, and migrate to higher salinities as they mature.

    You are right in mentioning that they require a higher pH... but don't dismiss the comments about the varying salinity these little guys require! Having your salinity bounce between 1.008-1.020 over the course a 2 months is ideal.
  • Christy - 2010-09-17
    That information does not come from information people read on the internet. It comes from actual experiences with green puffers doing extremely poor in freshwater conditions. I dont know if you have ever seen a green puffer in marine conditions, but i can guarantee it looks much better than yours.
  • des - 2011-02-22
    You are right.
  • coenobitaexpert - 2011-04-06
    I think we should just be kind to one another. No ones puffer fish looks any better than the rest. This comes from a marine biologist, specializing in Coenobitas. Just cool your puffers.
  • Anonymous - 2013-11-06
    My puffer got sucked into my filter and when i tried to see what was clogging my filter it poked me does anybody know if they are poisonous and can they harm humans
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    The Green Spotted Puffers, such as Tetraodon nigroviridis and Tetraodon fluviatilis, absorb poisons from their food, specifically algae inside the guts of clams and other shellfish. When they stop feeding in the wild, the amount of poison slowly declines. Consequently most pufferfish found in captivity will be without poison.
  • Jo - 2013-11-20
    Hi. I am new to GSP fish. Got as a gift with all equipment that's should have. Problem is as was reading it needs brackish water. Went to the store which it was bought at and they said they are in freshwater in their store, looking healthy. Now mine is small so how do I adjust his water to brackish ? It's the only fish I got in this 100l tank and she is around 2 inches no more. Please help.
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Mayank Dusane - 2013-11-17
What kind of meaty food can I feed my flowerhorn as you have strictly said not to feed them beef heart of any other meat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Beef heart was fed to large cichlids for many years, but it is now known that it can cause digestive problems. It can still be fed, but should be done more sparingly. The foods and feeding section above suggests.. 'a good mixture of high quality cichlid pellets, krill, frozen bloodworms, earthworms, night crawlers, crickets, and carotene enhanced supplements.  Feeder fish can be used, but because they can carry parasites it's best to keep them in a quarantine tank and make sure they are disease free before feeding them.
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