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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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Maree - 2005-05-15
I have had my Jack *female* for 9 yrs. she was my brothers for 2 yrs before that. I took her in cuz she was MEAN, lol. I just adore her. she meets me at the top of her tank and nibbles on my finger. gosh she eats everything; frogs, meat, and she loves ghost shrimp. I just love when I am at my desk, she sits in the corner and just looks at me till I move to play with her, lol. she is so active. she likes when I play with her with a long straw and she drags it in the water. anything and everything in her tank she pulls out. she doesnt like anything in there,... crazzeee fisheee. i just love her.

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Anonymous - 2012-10-08
I just got my first batch a blue dolphin fry sooooooo cute guys

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-18
    Congratulations! That is so exciting... let us know how they do. I've been working on trying to breed some geophagus, but no action yet. Also Jack Dempseys, and they are spawning.  So I really like hearing about successes:)
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Todd - 2008-01-08
We have a very large and very active Red Devil called Jim. He is 5 years old and is 32cm (BIG FISH!) He has a fully grown bump on the head and as many other have written is more like a house pet than a fish. Luckily for us when Jim was young he attacked a smaller cichlid that was put in his tank as a test (to see if he could have friends)the smaller cichlid got caught in Jim's mouth and became wedged. For 2 days he swam around with this fish stuck firmly, the dorsal fin had caught in his lips. Jim was taken out of the tank and had to have the smaller fish forcibly removed. Since then Jim will not attack any other fish, he may chase them every now and then but is happy to live in a community tank with around 26 other cichlids. The next largest in the tank is Stripes a Frontosa Cichlid at around 18cm. Jim is a very friendly fish, you can pat him on the bump, run your fingers over his sides and feel his heart beating. He doesn't mind me cleaning the tank as long as I don't move the gravel - it has to be his way. If I move any gravel with the siphon filter he is there within seconds attacking it and after I have finished he will then redecorate the entire tank. Trying to keep a tank your own way is impossible, but a very worthwhile and rewarding fish!

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  • Alex Burleson - 2012-02-12
    That was quite an interesting learning experience for your fish, I'd say!
  • steve adams - 2012-09-22
    i have two red devils one the size of my hand and thother one is half that size with a knife cup fish scared to put any thing in there with them except convicts or piranhas
  • steve adams - 2012-09-22
    all my my uncles got one big huge reddevil fish and there kill anything you put in there but mind do that only when they get to close to there territory space.
  • steve adams - 2012-09-22
    all my my uncles got one big huge reddevil fish and there kill anything you put in there but mind do that only when they get to close to there territory space.
  • paul riley - 2012-11-26
    I have a 12 inch red devil which when I first got him killed everything I put in with him including 2 10 inch oscars and a 12 inch red belly pacu as well as a 14 inch pleco but in the past year something has happened with him now he accepts having other fish in his tank. I currently have a 3 inch arutus a 3inch johani chiclid and a 6inch albino zebra chiclid which he gets along fine with is this normal
  • Sugipula - 2013-01-16
    Whoa, things just got a whole lot easier.
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jay - 2003-09-27
beautiful and aggressive

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