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Missie - 2006-02-17
We started out with 4Blood Parrots (someone gave to us) over 3 years ago. At the time these where the only fish in a 35 gallon tank. You would not believe how many we have now!! I place a ceramic frog in the tank that is commonly used for holding a brillo pad, when I noticed some where after the first year or so of having the fish the smallest one which has only one eye...was hanging out in the ceramic frog's mouth. Another one a much larger fish would swim around the ceramic frog constantly. When she would exit the frogy the other fish would go in and stay till she would return. I call the smaller one *she* because it turned out she was the female of the 2 Parrots. After a week or so I noticed what appeared to be alot of dirt floating in the tank. Upon investigating the dirt we noticed they were actually babies. Once they were hatched the ceramic frog got a very icky film on it. The very protective larger Blood Parrot would guard them from the other 2 Blood Parrots. He would guard 3/4 of the tank from the other 2 fish. So we removed the other 2 Blood Parots and put them in with our Goldfish and 2 Silver Dollars. Whom to this day are all still living happily in a 55 gallon reptile Aquarium. But for the fry that have grown greatly in the last year. Eventually we took the Father Blood Parrot out and place him in our Community Tank. We now have approx. 50 to 70 of them in a 35 tank. The mother is still living with them and still rules the roost of the Ceramic frog. We have not puyt the other 3 Blood Parrots back in the tank. The smaller ones are ranging in sizes from 1/2 in to 1 1/2. We are unsure if this is one litter of fish or several because of the difference in size in them. This is the first time we have ever had frys in any of our tanks. My fiancee' will not part with any of the Blood Parrots or their offsprings in fear he is getting rid of a fertile one. We have never fed them anything other than gold fish flakes and when the fry see you coming they know it is time to eat. thank you

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Kevin - 2006-02-15
great site, i loved the info. you guys gave me helped out a whole lot. my oscar has a couple of holes in his head, i hope he doesnt die cuz i know its frum lack of care. thnx again.

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Tracy - 2006-02-07
i have two blue acara as well as very many more types and they are by far the best fish ive ever bought. very proud owner.

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Linden - 2006-01-31
I have a Blood Parrot that is the most beautiful deep orange I have ever seen! His/her name is Pete, and has been an absolute delight to have. Pete lives in a community tank with 2 tiger barbs, 4 tin foils, a pleco, and 2 clown loachs...there is even a feeder guppy that has managed to stay unscathed for the past year! Pete's personality is very playful and cute...I highly recommend these fish to anyone with a big tank!

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Sarah - 2006-01-31
I've had my female tex for about 1 year now. She is about 7 inches long and very social. She shows no aggression whatsoever towards my irridesent sharks, catfish or discus. She is definetly a favorite among my friends who come to see my fish. This is one of my favorite cichlids.

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Dale Craig - 2006-01-31
We recently bought 2 oscars, one red and the other one is albino. They are a hoot! The albino will let me pet him but the other shys away. They are always playing and yes tearing up the plants and the pieces that have torn away and are floating on the top of the water they like to push around. Mine are around 10" long and we have a plecosomus (algae eater) that they like to push on and make him move. They even try to nibble on his tail. They don't get too far because he is as big as they are. I love to press my nose against the tank and the albino oscar will come up to me and start to shake his head at me and then he takes off swimming. My husband keeps trying to find ways to keep the tank thermometer straight but they keep on pushing it around until they get it lengthwise with the tank. The one kind of rock that they don't move is the small rocks you get at the beach near the ocean. That is what we started with and has worked very well for all of our fish in the last 10 years. We just take them out and clean them every now and then. The rocks are about 1" to 3" in diameter.

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ANT - 2006-01-24
We bought a pair of red devils two years ago to try and breed. They did everything but lay eggs. So we thought we should see if we could sell them and try again. During that time they seem to be acting strange. I knew they were going to breed but my wife said no they are not. We then had a HUGE problem with their water. I got them out and into a 20lt drum. I didn't know what to do with them so my wife said we have to get rid of them or they will die. She called my sister and ask if she would like them. Anyway my sister has them and they have 100's of fry now, only after 1 month. I knew they were ready to breed. DON'T EVER GIVE YOUR FISH AWAY..

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Patrice - 2006-01-22
I have a parrot fish that is peach in color so we call him/her peaches. Peaches is about 7 inches long and is very thick. It is really the prettiest parrot fish I have ever seen and has pretty lips. It seems to have an attitude and gets upset if someone comes in the room without talking to him/her. Peaches loves to give kisses pressing his/her lips against the glass with someone. When the grand kids come over Peaches has to have a kiss or he/she will swim fast and turn almost flips to get your attention. Also if you leave you have to tell Peaches bye. Peaches loves to watch tv. People think I should change the name to flipper.

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Paul Ste. Marie - 2006-01-21
My Oscar prefers water temperature to be around 78-80 degrees. Below 78 degrees he becomes very lethargic and tends to stay close to the bottom. Otherwise he swims around the tank, quite happily rooting in the gravel and devouring any morsels I give him.

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Kim - 2006-01-20
I just had a very bad experience with these beautiful fish. And they ARE NOT PEACEFUL! This fish nearly tore an entire fin off my Gorgeous Electric Blue Jack Dempsey. I had it in my tank for 10 days and it wreaked havoc!, claiming the bottom of a 20 gallon tank, with only the two of them in it! My poor Jack became sick from the stress and began to get serious fin damage so I returned the Lemon Yellow A seriously aggressive and teritorial fish.

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