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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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AceBoogie87 - 2011-11-23
I have kept a single Buffalo Head male before untill about 3.5 inches and he was by far one of my coolest chiclids. And he was in the with a mix of Haps, Peacocks, South American and multiple Africans I kept him in my 72 gal. bowfront. I traded-in all my chiclids and went salt for a few years, but I made the switch back to fresh and the first fish I got was a small group of 4, 1.25 inch Buffalo Heads I can't wait to watch them pair up and hopefully have a successful brood! They are awesome fish to just kick-it and gaze at.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Hey you are right and having fun. Glad you enjoy.
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tre - 2004-09-16
I disagree with your comment about these fish being rare and expensive. There is a place right down the street from my house that has tons of these fish. They are also cheap... juveniles can be purchased for about $12.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-18
    Thanks for your input, we need to re-visit that section since they are much more available today... and as you pointed out, much less expensive than in the past!
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