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Brian - 2006-01-13
hello i have had this fish before and i think your right about them having their own appeal. mine is not that demanding although he is very smart he chooses not to be. i have had him for two years and just bought another one tonight. my two year old is in a 55 gal which i bought just for him, and my new one is in a 30 which ive had for quite some time. THANK YOU

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Michelle Nelson - 2006-01-08
I have kept a Blood Parrot for over 7 years now. She is named Rose. She is extremely resilient and aggressive and will fight, kill and eat any tank mates that are put in with her including a 7 in plocastamus. She is about 5-6in long and she lays eggs often and after about three days or so will eat them. She has been the most wonderful and entertaining fish I have ever owned. She "Attacks" the glass whenever you approach it and will attack your finger if you put it inside the water.(Very Amusing) She has been kept alone only because she is so aggressive. We often put 20-30 guppies in the tank for her amusement, (not to mention it looks cool too) and they will slowly disappear over a few weeks. Small goldfish are ok but they don't have as many nutrients and have a tendency to be quite messy, especially if she only gets half of one in her mouth at once.

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Brew - 2006-01-03
I have 2 jellybean parrots, "Lola" and "Minnie Me" they are a couple! The best part of this couple is that they have babies. lola is very fertile, she has had two sets of fry already. unfortunately she ate the first set of fry. now, with the next set I separated them into a net breader. hopefully i come back with more good news. P.S. They love Brine Shrimp it's their aphrodesiac

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Joseph Lopez - 2006-01-02
HI. WELL THE OSCAR IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST EATER OF ALL. I HAVE 1 TIGER OSCAR WHICH IS 9" AND HE EATS A VERY LARGE AMOUNT A DAY, IN FACT IF YOU DONT FEED THEM THEY GET VERY GRUMPY AND ANY OTHER FISH COULD BECOME APART OF ITS DIET. SINCE THIS FISH GROWS VERY LARGE VERY FAST HIS WASTE WILL EXCEED TO VERY LARGE AMOUNTS, THIS FISH IS PROBABLY BEST KEPT IN A LARGE TANK,

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Mary Dickinson - 2005-12-29
I have been collecting my four parrot fish for two years now. Although common rule is to keep them with fish their own size you'de be surprised. My parrot fish have been raised with a now 8" tiger oscar and together they can hold their own in the tank. It is actually quite amusing how great they can get along (including the fact that my oscar has to wait his turn to eat until the pack is done.) I usually am very careful about the fish I pick out but my last two parrots I took home were out of pity. One was discolored and one was a runt, both around 3" long. Now the pitiful things are 5" long (in a matter of 3 months) and brillant red. A key note I have discovered about this species are the difference in temperment. Those with more pronounced noses seem to more dominant than those whose noses are more smooth. In addtion, since I have two of each I've noticed that when they pair up they do so with a parrot of opposite characteristics. No fry, just eggs as a result.

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Justine Dillenbeck - 2005-12-29
We used to have a Red Devil. We named him Lips because of his personality. He grew to be around 10 inches long. When we first bought him he was only about an inch long with almost 20 other fish in the small 29 gallon tank. A year later only him and the algae-eater were still alive. And to think he was the smallest fish when we bought him! He had the best personality I've ever seen in a fish. Every now and then he would get really excited and hit his head on the rocks in the tank. He would float near the top for a minute or two then he would swim around and do it again! After awhile you could see a huge knot on his head. He would come to the top of the tank and we could feed him by hand. He was so cool. After a few years he got sick and he died. A few days ago we bought another baby Red Devil. We put him in the tank with one other cichlid, and he's already taken over! The other one is cowering in a corner and the Devil has complete control of the tank. I think we're going to call him Lucifer...

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Suzanne - 2005-12-26
I have a Jack Dempsey and I am not a live fish feeder kind of person so I used to feed him just about everything else from krill to blood worm cubes, but now his diet consists of shrimp pellets and it has been shrimp pellets for the last 5 years. He is 14 yrs old now and still going strong although I have noticed he isnt like a dog at feeding time anymore. He doesnt wag as much as he used to and somedays doesnt even wag at all. But at 14 I dont expect him to want to do all that wagging up top anymore. He is the absolute best fish I have ever owned so far and has kept me entertained all these years.

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Brook C. - 2005-12-22
The Electric Yellow Cichlid I have is only about 3 inches at this point. I believe it is a male, but regardless, he has been great! Quite a trooper! I accidently ended up cycling a 30 gallon freshwater tank with him and 2 gold Gouramis. I've had him 6 months now and he is still doing great, wonderful color, eating good, and peaceful. No matter what, he is always beautiful and I'm not afraid he'll die at any moment! (smiles) He inspired me to do a new cichlid tank.
Sincerely,
Logan
CO.

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DAVID VANG - 2005-12-19
Oscars, to me personally are fun to raise, although i have lost one due to water changes. i had 2 red oscars and 2 albino oscars, i lost a red oscar. mine are about 7 inches each in a 60 gal. tank. they do get aggressive towards the red one. their colorations are very beautiful. i would say these fishes are not for beginnners.

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Rahul Patrick - 2005-12-15
hi i am Rahul Patrick from New Delhi, India. I've had almost two dozen Oscars in the past one year and trust me they are the best. except discus, i have had all the so called exotic fishes. none come close to the oscars as adorable pets. right now i have five juveniles in a 70 fallon tank; ne pink, one red, two tigers,and an albino. there tank mates are two green texas chiclids, one of them being six inches long. these oscars love to eat aything especially if it is boiled chicken. i am waiting for them to grow and then would be shifting them to a new 200 gallon tank. thanks

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