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Scott - 2003-11-18
I had bought 5 of these parrot fish, One was purple, one a brigh grass green, one radiant red, one a bright floresent orange, and one was a hot pink color. Later I found out that these fish had been injected with dye at some distributors the pet store had puchased them from. But even after they have lost that bright color 3 returned to a nice mellow yellow and the other two a red orange. Mine have paired off with one single one being sort off the target fish. They have laid eggs several times but never produced. I think the fish is a great looking animal but with the difficulties they have with being a hybrid and having deformities I would think it best to keep them in a take just with there own kind.

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  • David - 2013-02-18
    I now have 2 parrots that have paired up. I was told by my fish guy that they are infertal with each other; however, they are fertal with some other South American cichlids, such as: a flowerhorn. I have seen fry from a parrot and flowerhorn, but never with my own. I also have a few gold barbs and odessa barbs in my tank. I would really love to make babies in my tank, but I really know that will never happen unless I get new fish.
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jeff - 2003-10-01
I breed firemouths and love them. I would recommend then to a beginner as a fun and peaceful fish. Take care of your fish, they have feelings too. Email me if you want any help or to talk fish. Thanks

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  • stephen - 2010-04-13
    I've got an oscar, a green terror, a jack dempsey, a peacock cichlid, a parrot cichlid, and a brand new firemouth cichlid. So far all is well but in the future I'd like some info.
  • chris speck - 2010-05-28
    I became the owner of approx 60 thorichthys aureus, I have a 350 ltr tank and plan to keep between 6 and 10 of these fish, they are feeding really well and are about 1" long, is there an easy way to be able to tell the sex of the fish and do you have any tips on keeping these fish as I am a novice and have never kept cichlids, my aim is to try to see them breed, any idea at what age they breed/pair off. Thank you for any info.
  • Dennis - 2011-01-13
    I keep reading that the firemouth is a peaceful fish, I have one in a 29 gallon tank and he is very aggressive.
  • Maritza - 2011-01-13
    I have a firemouth cichlid and I have him inside of a 10 gallon tank with two pacu fishes, now they get along no problem but I had bought another firemouth cichlid he killed it slowly day by day. Then I bought a tilapia cichlid he killed it today> what should I do>
  • Michael - 2011-01-23
    I would like to know why the firemouths I have eat their fry when they hatch? What can I do to stop this? Thank-you for your time.
  • Tracy Hamilton - 2013-02-15
    I have a breeding pair of firemouths. I have my first batch of babies when do I remove the babies from the tank? Do I have to remove them and what is the best way? Thanks
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Anonymous - 2009-07-14
Does this fish require cichlid salt?

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  • viren ahuja - 2011-06-15
    No you dont need any salt for them as it will not do anything for the cichild but it will harm your other beautiful fishes
  • Jeff Harma - 2013-02-10
    Just a comment, have read that salt, marine, 1 tbl spoon to 5 gal. acts as a preventative to fungal and some other disease. I do this with a featherfin cat, bicker eel, both of which have a skin texture as to scales. Do watch for any discomfort to simply exchange some fresh water to reduce the strength of salt content. Actually read how some mbuna cichlid swim to 1.002 s.g., not more, figure use as a deterent to sickness.
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Candy Zucksworth - 2013-02-03
I have 2 angel fish. They are both the same size. They hang around together all the time. Now the black one is chasing the other one all the time. It's in the corner all the time. I have a 30 gallon tank. Should I get a couple more angels? Don't know why it started picking on it. Should I just take one out and the black one can be by itself? Don't know what to do.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-02-06
    Angelfish become aggressive towards each other as they mature. They establishing a pecking order and the tank needs to be large enough for each to have its own territory. These fish are best kept alone, as a bonded pair, or in a larger group of 4 or more. There's no way to tell whether the aggression will escalate or not, but keep a close eye on them. If injuries occur, then they will need to be separated. Your tank really isn't large enough to house a group.
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Candy Zucksworth - 2013-02-03
I have 2 angel fish. The two were getting along fine,hanging around together. All of a sudden one of them chases the other. Now it is in the corner all the time. I have. 30 gallon tank. Should I get a couple more angels or just take the one out? The bully can be by itself. Not sure what to do.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-04
    As Angelfish get older they often become territorial and somewhat more aggressive. They will also usually pair off. It sounds like maybe your two are not hitting it off together and you may want to separate them. First you could try adding other community fish (of the same size or larger) and/or adding more plants and decorations to see if that helps.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-04
    I had 3 in my tank. The two in there now paired off and were chasing the one. Took out that one they were chasing. They were doing fine together and all of a sudden my big marble one started chasing the one he hung around with. All it does is hide in the corner. I have a bunch of plants. Should I take the one out and my marble can be the only angel? What other fish would get along with him? I have had an angel and gold Severn together, they did fine. What other fish would do well with it? I don't want a gold Severn again.
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hayley wills - 2013-02-04
Hi i'm just wondering I have 2 parrot fish, a pleco and a mollie in my 4 ft tank and none of them seem to come out, they just hide all the time. Is there anything I am doing wrong? I've tested water and everything is fine.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-04
    That is normal for the parrots and pleco.  The molly should be cruising around though.
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Riya - 2013-02-04
I have one pair of blood parrots but I don't know if it's a correct pair or not. How do I find a male and female parrot?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-04
    Sexing them is difficult. Males will show a pink around their gills and on the throat when they are in spawning colors.
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Andrew Corland - 2013-01-31
I'm sure many of you have had better luck, but my experience with firemouth cichlids has not been great. Regardless of what size aquarium I would house this one particular male in, he would become the dominant fish within 3-5 minutes. Such that the other cichlids would hide and he would even actively pursue each fish within their hiding spot and chase them away. He just couldn't or refused to share space with any other cichlid breed. Unfortunate considering how striking they are, brilliant colors and sand sifting behavior. Perhaps I just had an unusually aggressive male, but I tried again with another male, much smaller and even he was just a real pain in the arse with other fish. I simply had to take him back to the pet store after trying him out in 3 different sizes aquariums.

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Anonymous - 2013-01-25
I just cleaned my tank like 4 hours ago and now my convict is acting weird, it stays at the bottom and doesn't really move much. I put a few drops of Nutrafin cycle in there I don't know if that would bother it? And the temperature is fine, But I think he's gonna die! :( He's usually swimming around or swimming up for food when I come close to the tank but now he's barely moving. PLEASE help I don't know what to do, there's no pet stores opened now.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-26
    How much water did you change? If you changed more than 10-20% then the established nutrient levels in the water may be compromised. I don't believe the Nutrafin Cycle would be causing any problems. It sounds like he may have become severely stressed? I'm not sure there is much you can do right now other than wait and see if he comes around.
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karthi das - 2013-01-19
I brought a pair of parrot fish, electric blue, electric yellow, tin foils, kissing gourami in my tank.... will it be safe to put them together? Help me guys. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
    How large is your tank? The larger the better. I would be cautious putting all those fish together... blood parrots are not usually considered 'peaceful' community fish because they can get aggressive. They can sometimes get along alright with other fish of similar size however. If you have an extremely large tank with plenty of hiding places you can try putting them altogether. If they start fighting you will want to separate them.
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