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Justin - 2013-08-06
Hey I have three balas. Two are about four inches and one is a little over three, I have a clown loach and three zebra danios. As well my wife bought three neon tetras and I bought a pleco. I believe (now that we are missing a tetra) that one of my bala sharks is responsible. But I have them in a large 100 gallon setup. They are great fish and I agree definitely not for children, they require advanced care and can be difficult to treat. I love them though, even though they are tetra murderers. Ha ha

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Janice - 2003-08-17
I bought my very first Blood Parrot on 8/16/03 and although I have only had him/her for 1 day, I can safely say that I love my fish. This is the most entertaining fish I have in my whole tank. He loves to swim on his side and take nose dives at the bubble strip at the back of the tank and also nose dives at the gravel. He will stop and look at his own reflection for minutes at the time and then try to what looks like kiss himself. He is so funny. I have named him Sebastian after the orangy/red crab in the Little Mermaid.

Man made/bred fish or not, I love him and hope to have this little fella around for a long time.


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  • Deborah Harper - 2010-08-27
    i first saw this fish at my doctors office and fell in love with it so i went out and got me two, but i have a problem right now and i really would like some help, i just got a new one, even though i quess i had not paid much attention on how "bosses" henry gets to isabella, their names,it has only been one day but henry has been so bossey to buddy that buddy is not coming out from the corner, i changed the things around in the tank but that has not helped will buddy be ok? i am getting a bigger tank and i hope that will help.
  • Deborah Harper - 2010-09-13
    I am still trying to find out about the parrot fish and I haven't found out anything about why they push one another around other then being bossy but sometimes they even get mouth to mouth to each other, my little one, her name is isablea, tries to ignore the bossy one but it is hard for her, what can you do to get harmony in the tank?
  • Timeka - 2010-10-11
    I just purchased 2 purple parrots and I'm a little concerned with the fish. They don't swim much at all. If I didn't know for a fact that I put them in the tank they could almost pass for decoration in the tank. It's not a bad thing. I just want to know if this is normal behavior and if not... what should I try to get them well if they're ill? I really love these fish.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Parrot fish are shy they tend to hide when being introduced to a new tank, home, person, ex.. After a few days maybe even a few weeks they should lighten up a bit after getting more comfortable.
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Anonymous - 2013-08-04
I have been feeding my betta flakes and bloodworms for the whole six months I have had him. Whenever I try to get him to eat pellets he spits them out and tries again, he will do this repeatedly. I'm pretty sure he wants to eat them but can't. Does anyone know some techniques I could use in order to make them easier to eat?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes it sounds like the pellets are just too big for him to swallow. You may want to just crush them up in a plastic bag before giving them to him? If they are floating pellets they should stay at the top of the water, making it easier for him to get the smaller pieces.
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gotness - 2013-08-04
I have a 40 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 jack Dempsey, 1 haplichromis ahli, a kennyi cichlid, and a leopard plecostomus. They all are sexually mature but none of them are full size. Is this a problem? If so, how can I fix it to make them grow bigger? (I'm investing in a 75 gallon)

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes a 40 gallon tank is a little small for all those fish when full-grown! I think you are doing the right thing by upgrading to a 75 gallon tank. That is likely to help them achieve their full-grown size. Other than that, just make sure to feed them a nutritious diet and perform regular water changes. I'm not sure if it is really a problem that they are not growing any larger, but it would be optimum healthwise to provide ideal conditions.
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Anna Hermosillo - 2013-08-03
We have a Twinbar Solar Flare Swordtail that is giving birth right now and don't know what to do or how long it's going to take her. So far she had 2. How many will she have? Please help.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    They usually have upwards of 80+ young! Has she had any more? The most important thing you can do is to remove the mother (and any other fish) from the tank or at least provide plenty of plants and other hiding places for the babies so they don't get eaten!
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Anonymous - 2013-08-02
This is gonna sound kinda funny but my guppy is fat. It's a male so not prego for sure but I have another and it is waaaay slimmer than this one. They are both the same size in length but the others girth is far larger. And they eat the same amount whenever I am there. This isn't a new occurrence, it has always been like this and it seems healthy but it is almost annoying at this point. Does anyone else have an overweight guppy that can't shed the pounds?

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linds - 2013-08-02
Do you think I should add another male molly to my tank? I have one in a 20 gal. He is kind of antisocial, when I come over to the tank he hides. He used to be the most friendly fish before I had an ich outbreak (thanks petsmart!). He seems to be friends with my colored skirt tetra but I would like to know if he would benefit if I added another male. I would do females but I do not have the means to care for the babies, I am only 13. Would it do more harm than good? I don't want them to fight or anything just to be buddies, thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Mollies are usually good community fish and get along well with other fish. However, male mollies can become territorial and somewhat aggressive to other fish. I would say it's not necessary to get another fish, but if you would like another male then I would definitely monitor them for awhile to make sure they don't fight. If there's plenty of room for both of them and lots of hiding places, there may not be any problems - they might even get along well. But there's no way to know for sure.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-12
my corydoras went mental and kept swimming forward 24 7

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-13
    Water conditions will do that sometimes.  I would do an amonia test.
  • nancy - 2013-07-24
    My corys are a lot more active mid tank now. One of them has turned bluish and spends time with his mouth near the surface in the back corner. The other one entices it away to play but I think the blue one is slowly dying. I think the blue is from low oxygen. This has been going on for several weeks now. There is lots of oxygen in the tank from 2 filters and a power head too. Have yours changed color?
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teresa walker - 2013-07-21
I have a blackmoor, shubunkin, and a comet in my tank. They all go through phases of racing about the fish tank then they go docile. They all get on though. Is that normal behavior? I change the water weekly but my blackmoor just seems to prefer to be on his /her own. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-24
    Do they seem healthy otherwise? Do they eat and swim normally most of the time? If so, they are probably ok. Watch for signs of lethargy, reduced eating, or other physical signs of illness.
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Mary Lou - 2013-07-06
I have to put my shubunkins out of my pond and into a aquarium. How do I put then safely into my aquarium? I want to make sure they will live I have no choice I am moving so I need to put them in a aquarium but I don't know the best way to adjust them to the different water.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-09
    The main thing you should be concerned about when transferring them is water temperature. Try to make sure the temperature of the aquarium water is very close to the same as the pond water. Do you have other fish in your aquarium? If not, you may want to just put the pond water into the aquarium so that you can be sure your fish won't feel shocked in new water. To transfer them use a large net if you have one.
  • Mary Lou - 2013-07-19
    Thanks my Shubunkins have been in my 120 gallon aquarium for 5 days and they are doing great. One of them is doing really good but has trouble getting to the top for food. She was fine in the pond, could she be pregnant or trying to adapt to the aquarium?

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