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Shane Lambert - 2005-11-04
I have only kept Blood Parrot Cichlids for a few months now, and recently moved to a new house with a new tank. I tranferred the Cichlids to a tank that had been running only 2 days with a Penguin BioFilter. Over the past couple days, I noticed two of my 4 were building a nest under a log and keeping others away. Today I noticed Fry in the nest - between 15 and 20. The two parents guard the nest aggressively and even bring food into the nest. I never saw the eggs although I did look for them.

The other two, who are not (yet) parents are also somewhat agressive but have not killed any tank mates yet. Tank mates include two Red Velvet Swords (one female and one male) and a large (10.5") Pleco.

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ANKUR - 2005-11-03

I HAVE THREE OSCARS WHICH ARE BLACK IN COLOUR. THEY ARE SO ACTIVE THAT WHEN I CLAP IN EITHER SIDE OF TANK THEY RECOGNIZE ME AND SWIMS IN EITHER DIRECTION. MY OSCARS EAT BOILED EGGS, WORMS, AND FISH FOOD. I LOVE THEM.

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John DeNicola - 2005-11-02
Just noticed free-swimming fry with parents in nest (a hole they dug out under driftwood. The eggs were first noticed about 12 days ago. I thought the eggs were eaten until I discovered them today. The parents are guarding them extremely well (sharing the task). No sign of them eating them. They seem to be herding them around the vicinity of the nest. They are also being grouped in the nest when they finish eating flake food.
This is the first brood they hatched (the kribs are new to the tank)
Gotta go and hatch some brine shrimp!

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Erin beattis - 2005-11-02
i have a 55 gal. tank with a wide variety of fish. when i first got the tank i bought two tiger oscars and two albino oscars. they paired off and were very happy. i had got a dragonfish from one of the pet stores and put him in the tank. by this time the oscars were 8in long and were very aggresive. i had been watching the tiger oscars out of the corner of my eye when all of a sudden one of the the oscars had gotten my dragon fish. the oscar had his head in his mouth and the rest of the dragon made an s shape over the oscars head.

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cristie - 2005-11-02
I own a red devil and only a red devil becuase it has eaten everything I have put in the tank with it, including a black convict, 2 oscars, a pacu, and 2 jack dempsey's. When I walk by the tank it tries to attack me. When i put my finger up to the tank it tries to bite my finger. It's the craziest fish I've ever owned.

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JP - 2005-10-31
We have two tanks, 90 gal & 125 gal, both tanks have 2 parrot fish in them. Big tank has varity of sizes of tinfoil barbs, 2 silver dollars, an eel and a few other misc. fish. Parrots are fine until I clean the tank. Been bitten often, but they are still too small to hurt.

Small tank had a blue and a green parrot, but within three weeks the color in the fish changed to the pink color. Water is fine, fish are fine, just not colored anymore.

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Hansu - 2005-10-30
Hey everyone! In my HUGE aquarium I have many fish including these angelfish. They live happily with my 4 Silver dollars (2 big, 2 small) and 2 silver sharks. The only problem with these fish is that if you keep very big or adults with small sized or young ones, they try to hurt them and hence they tear off their fins. Othewise, I find these fish good:) I should prefer everyone buying angelfish, BUT of same or of sizes which are not so different.

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Anonymous - 2005-10-28
The Salvinis I had were absolutely stunning in breeding colors. They were in a 30 gal with some corys and a dempsey. The dempsey was significantly larger, but the fact that there were 2 salvinis made it a mexican standoff. I suspect that the relatively constant tension between the pair vs the dempsey kept them all in bright coloration.
Tried a single with a dempsey and convict, and they worked pretty well. The salvini and convict are now at a friends with a severum, and they all seem to be doing ok, all things considered.

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Claude` - 2005-10-26
Hi All. I live in South Africa. I have 2 blood parrots and 3 tiger oscars in 110 gallon tank. the Oscars are about 6 inche where my Oscars are 10-12 inches. although there is size difference, the parrots hold their ground against the oscars.

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Joel - 2005-10-26
Hi, im Joel.Im going to get a 90 gallon fish tank.And it comes with a Red Devil and an Oscar.And there used to be lots of african cichlids.Of course the Red Devil ate them all.The only thing it didn't eat was the oscar and a sucker fish.The Red Devil will strike at the oscar and take chunks out of the Tiger Oscar.The Red Devil is about 10 inches now and oscar is about 12 inches.

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