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Delores Prostek - 2010-02-26
I have three blood Parrotfish for about five years now and notice that one of them is developing small holes in its forehead between the eyes. They do not seem to be infected but one of them is getting quite deep. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do? I'd certainly appreciate it. The residents of this retirement community really enjoy them. Thanks

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-27
    It sounds like you are describing what is called Hole-in-the-head disease or Lateral Line disease. It is usually seen in oscars and other large cichlids. It is not fatal and has been something of a mystery as to the exact cause. Non-optimal water conditions are what is usually cited as the cause. Also a diet that is not varied enough. There are medications which work with varying success rates, but it is usually suggested to improve conditions in order to halt the advance of the disease.
  • jordan 11 - 2014-09-30
    The South African Department of Labor reported last month that the nation has too few jobs for unskilled labourers. The department also said there are not enough workers for highly skilled positions.
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Mark Smith - 2014-09-30
The species in the photo is actually Eretmodus marksmithi, and not E. cyanostictus.

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Patti - 2014-09-30
I'm so upset, my red devil is sick and I can't get him to stay from being at a 45 degree angel at the top left corner of the 75 gallon tank. He has white stuff on him and is loosing a big scale on his side now. This is going on for days. I Hv been doing water changes 2times a day and putting metiflex in his tank with stress coat and salt. Do I just wait and pray ? He is 9 years old and I love him. Please help.

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Colin - 2006-10-08
Frontosa juvies aren't neccesarily expensive. I get mine for around 7 dollars at about an inch long. But once they start growing their price goes up exponentially. 3-4 inchers can be up to 50 bucks, commonly. It also depends on what area the frontosas are from. The different color morphs can be more/less expensive. So its really kind of luck of the draw. But they are a very cool fish, and I would suggest that if you find some for a good price and have the capacity to keep them, then it would be worthwhile. Just don't keep them long term in anything under 125 gallons.

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-30
    Hi I know frontosas like different perimeter water. Hard. But to be honest I think they are a pretty hardy cichlids. I have mixed my fronts with angels. Kribenses also now have them with my golden severums and firemouths with no problems. They don't fight, they aren't aggressive towards others. I love my pups. But I also have a spare 125 litre tank which now I have put sand and stones in so I will be putting them into that tank soon as it would be nice to see to see them in my living room and not in my bedroom. But I think they are beautiful, I have 4 and they are still young. But one is getting the hump coming as the rest just look like females at the moment. But when venting them the one with the hump looks like a female. So I'm not sure. They say closer the holes the females and further the holes the males. But in that case I have 4 females. But one is getting the hump and they are only about 3 to 4 inches long the biggest one is the one with a hump coming. So that's got to be male. 😯
  • David Melrose - 2014-09-30
    Sexing can be difficult up until an egg or two has been popped. Females have one hole larger than the other. Males are both the same size. Young females also looks the same size so only when an egg or two has popped can you truly tell by venting.

    Hope this helps in your sexing1
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HAmza ahmed - 2014-09-29
My fishes are dying my tiger barb just died today and my other tiger barb have white spots on her fins and I don't have a ich water conditioner Help

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-29
    Start with a partial water change, and then see the ich info here: fish diseases and treatments for ways you can treat ich.
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Glenn - 2014-09-19
Hi iv just set up a 140l tank for rams I have 3 German blues 2 electric blues and 2 golden does anyone no if they will inter breed ?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-19
    I'm not sure if they will breed, but my guess is yes they can, because same species can breed.
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aiden - 2014-09-10
I have a 50litre tank and am looking at these wonderful fish and was wondering: How many do I get? Do they go well with bristlenose catfish? How aggressive are they? what cheap fish do they go well with? Thanks everybody!! Sincerely Aiden

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Heya Aiden, if you add your aquarium where it says 'Enter a Freshwater Aquarium' (in the care parameters just below the intro) you will get the 'Fish Finder'. This cool tool let's you compare fish that are compatible and work with your tank.
  • Glenn - 2014-09-14
    For a 50 L, 2 or 3 breeding pairs would work great. I have a single one with 4 cherry barbs, an angelfish, a red fin shark, clown loach, and a bristle nose pleco. I have had no problems. They have a pretty mild temperament and are a very hardy and nice fish. I wouldn't get crabs ,shrimp etc though. They would get along well with the catfish, unless it is twice the size, and has a temperament. Tiger barbs are cheap and playful, especially in a school of 5 to 8. They are also very colorful, and have a perfect match for temperament with the cichlid.
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Alayna - 2014-07-31
I have a question, I have 2 jack Dempseys, one male and one female. They have spawned 3 times since I have owned them (5 years) they just had babies 2 weeks ago and I noticed the male is being very aggressive to the female, so much she has an open wound. I went to the pet store to get her medicine but what do I do? He has never done this to her.. I don't want anything to happen as I love them both. They're both very beautiful and I really need advise/help. Thanks

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  • Desirae - 2014-09-05
    You need to take the babies out and put them in separate tank. He is doing it to try to get to the babies he wants to eat them.
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Ted - 2014-09-05
Do not buy jelly bean, love heart, or other modified/dyed blood parrots. They have a shorter life expectancy and are often inhumanely modified. (love hearts tails are amputated at a young age, jelly bean and other dyed fish have a shorter life expectancy due to the dye. ) new owners be warned. Do your research.

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tiristen - 2014-09-04
I have had my Altums for almost a year know. I got 8 altums. They eat and grow nicely. The largest is about 200mm high now. The tank is 570 liters. It will be intresting to see if the tank is to small when they paire out. The largest Altum has started to become territorial. The terrjtory is about 1/3 of the tank. I will test with more roots and plants to see if the teritory shrinks. Anyone have Experians of Altum teritories?

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