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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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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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