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rebecca - 2012-12-27
I have recently purchased a 55 gallon tank. I have followed directions to the letter. Before I put the fish in I made sure it went through the cloudy algae bloom stage. Problem is it is still cloudy and it's been three weeks. What am I doing wrong? They are 4 big fish and 4 smaller

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-28
    Did you put the fish all in at once?  This can cause the cloudiness.  Tank will sort of re-cycle.  There is clarafication drops you can add that work well.  The tank will settle on its own but can be frustrating waiting.  Also if it is near a window with a lot of sunlight, that can cause an algae bloom.
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Sarah Mildred Landgraff - 2012-04-07
I love love love my festivums. I have 40 gal live planted tank. They're doing amazing with their tank mates. That includes two gold angels, two gold ram cichlids (male) two electric blue ram cichlids (male), five rosy barbs, 4 cory cats, a hand full of snials and one very bossy male betta. They eat a very wide selection for freeze, fresh and flaked foods. They never chase or compete for food. Did I mentioned I simply love them?

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  • Ana - 2012-06-11
    What kind of Cichlid are you referring to? While African Cichlids from the three main lakes (Malawi, Tanganyika, and Victoria) do best in hard, aalilkne water, there are also South American Cichlids which do best in softer, acidic water like yours. I suggest going for South American species so you don't have to toy with your pH at all, but if you have your heart set on Africans (be prepared for aggression), it shouldn't take more than a week for the pH to shift to a relatively high point. Though it will continue to rise for a while, it will be gradual enough that it is safe for the fish.
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Susan - 2005-03-08
they are pretty easy to sex, the female is smaller, lighter and has rounder fins for your information...thank you for your time!
~~*susan*~~

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Colin - 2013-02-02
Andrew I could not agree more.currently l have a male firemouth that had been nothing but a pain from day one making feeding for many fish near impossible. giving this fish away is the only option.

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lindsay - 2013-02-06
hi i've got two flag cichlid had just over a year jst recently i've noticed there underside of neck gone a red colour and really quite i do regular water changes and test water weekly its good is it normal thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Sound like the species you have may be a Dwarf Flag Cichlid, known as the Red-Breasted Acara, Laetacara dorsigera.
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Bella - 2011-10-02
Hello everyone! I purchased a blood parrot fish yesterday (or should I say last night) from walmart. I have been so intrigued by 'bella' and have been watching her every move since, so when I noticed her doing some kind of bobbing movement at the top of the tank sort of like she was gasping for air, I pointed it out to my boyfriend and he replied she's ok that's what fish do. Well after 45 mins or so of her doing it I began to panick once I noticed her laying on her side floating!!!! I really don't know what went wrong. I fed her 3 times today and after doing research I realized that my 1.5 tank is entirely to small for her and my water may not be warm enough. Please if you have any more suggestions as to what may be the problem PLEASE let me kmow. My boyfriend changed the water and bella is now stabalized, I just don't want to wake up in the morning and find my first pet EVER .......flatlined!!!! Thank you in advance!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-03
    Behaviorial problems are usually a result of tank conditions. Gasping at the surface, swimming sideways etc. Yes, the tank is too small and if the temperature was not properly maintained, this could cause the problem. Hopefully, if you corected it quickly, all should be OK. So check you water conditions, temperature, PH etc.
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-04
    Thank you so much
  • chris - 2011-10-07
    Bella is going to get to be 8 inches when she's grown up. You need at least a 55 gallon tank. They also like the water on the warmer side, I keep mine at 80. BPs also need regular water changes of 25-30% weekly. A betta would be a better choice for your little tank :) This is a good reason not to buy from Walmart, the salesperson should have told you this especially with this fish since it is scientifically impossible not to fall in love with their cuteness...I was hooked on first sight too!
  • Ty Hardymon - 2011-10-15
    Gaping is a behavior that most fish perform when they are in an oxygen poor environment. It is possible (given the size of your fish tank) that there is an insufficient amount of O2 in your tank to sustain the fishes metabolic processes. I would strongly recommend a larger tank. And some reading on your part about your new pet.
  • 0007 - 2012-01-27
    Parrot fish release a lot of ammonia. Require 60 gal tank or 30 with300 gal filter. The tank must have a developed nitrogen cycle bractria takes months must be bought. 150 watt metal halide with plants help greatly. All tanks must cycle ammonia aka piss and shit roten food plants to nitrite also highly poisonous to nitrite less harmful to a harmless gas tht is the cycle when adding fish you must add befetial bactria not cheap crap from walmart only petco or a pet store. Still requires monthy testing for all these,and 50% water change when issues arise maybe even two on different days .CLEAR WATER CAN BE POISONOUS TAP WATER CAN BE NO INSTANT FIXES MUST DEVELPE AND ESTABISHED TANK HE WILL DIE BLACK SPOTS ARE SIGNS OF STRESS LEARN WHAT YOUR DOING BEFORE YOU BY THEY ARE VERY SMART ITS SAD YOU MADE A BAD CHOICE
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andy - 2013-02-24
I have 3 male cichlids and 1 female (1 yellow lab cichlid, 1 red zebra,1kenyi, ) (1 female kenyi) i have a 55g tank .my female cichlid just gave birth to 25 baby fry. What I'm wondering is that how long till me fry get their color and stop being transparent?and how long till i can put the fry with the 3 males and the momma

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Should start getting color in  a couple weeks.   Really depends on tank setup and size.  The more hiding places the earlier you can try.  I would wait till an inch or so.

     
  • andy - 2013-02-27
    Its been about a month an the fry have only grow 3/4 not even an inch is that normal or too slow? You can see when the light his them u can see stripes but still clear
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Jim Albright - 2013-02-25
I would not mix your Oscars with the Maingano or an E.B. Johanni!!

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Mayank Dusane - 2013-02-24
I have a 4 inch long green terror and a common pleco in a 15 gallon tank. Yes I know the tank is too small for it so I have put ads to sell it. Just wanted to ask about its aggression towards the pleco in such a small tank because I am a bit concerned.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Plecos have armour and sharp spines so he should be fine.  Most fish will not chance an injury, just keep them well fed.
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mrsmelton2012 - 2012-11-20
I bought a pair of them. They killed every fish and then they battled it out. I decided to just keep the one by himself an he has been doing great for 3 yrs.

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  • JOHN DOWNING - 2013-02-22
    find this difficult to believe, i have had these fish for several years mixed with other cichlids, mainly african, and have never had a problem with aggression. is your or was your tank small, wonder if that could be the problem. or what were the other species you had in with them.
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