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sheryl gleason - 2014-02-25
I have 2 blood parrot fish, 1 I had about 2 weeks before I got this other one and this bigger one is always bullying the smaller one. I got worried for the smaller one and put him a different tank was that wrong to do? Should I just have let them work it out on their own or should I just keep them away form each other? I really love them and want them together but don't want the smaller one hurt can some one help me with this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It sounds like you did a good thing. Blood Parrot's are generally peaceful, due to their shy nature. However they do have aggressive parents, and so some show aggressive mood swings. The other thing you can do is look at your tank, make sure it is large with plenty of rock formations that provide hiding places. With enough room and decor, you can also try removing the other too, then rearrange the tank and introduce them both at the same time. That sometimes helps as neither then has a 'territory' it thinks it needs to protect.
  • sheryl gleason - 2014-02-28
    I have tried to redo the tank and put both fish together in at the same time and watched them for an hour. The big one still bullied the littler one, everywhere the smaller one went the bigger one was there pushing and really bumping him hard, i got really worried the smaller one was going to get hurt so i took out the bully fish. He is in a smaller tank for now, i don't know what to do with them not getting along, ok i have a tank with an oscar about the same size as my bully fish, would it be wise to put them together? I really don't know what to do here?
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darek l - 2006-02-05
i have been raising jack's for 10 years now. they seem to look their best with a black substrate as they adapt their color to the surroundings. i have a pair in a 55 gallon tank that spawns every 2-3 months for the past 4 years. i got jack dampdeys everywhere. my local shop took them in happily at first but 500-800 every 3 months got them sick really fast. the male is an out of the ordinary 10 inch with a 6 inch female. i feed them flakes, pellets, and shrimp. hes got quite a temper but as long as i got a few places that the mate will not fit into that will house the female all is good. i have green terrors, tiger oscars and pacus in my 7 tanks but the "JACK" and "JILL" are the most beautiful fish i own. be careful as they are aggresive and will eat anything that will fit in their month at least half way....

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  • alicia - 2014-02-27
    Question please, I have a jack demsey and an orange one, I think it's a something bloodflower anyways they keep locking lips. Is this a mating or fighting thing? They haven't lost color.
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lighteningcrash - 2012-09-22
i have varied quantities of these fish available,(have oxygen,bags,boxes and can ship) red by blue,(sexable from birth)

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  • Mark Fuentez - 2014-02-25
    Do you have some males for sale I would like to buy some. Do you have other mbuna for sale?
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Tammy G - 2005-12-31
These fish are great I have 5 and they are worth the money. They are nice to watch. They have there own attitudes and they can be trained. My big male is 9in and he comes and gets the food from my hand! He is the first to eat and thinks every time I come to the tank it is to feed him. But let someone else go to the tank it is like I have no fish they hide. Well I have been at this for 2 years and I have now a total of 4 fish tanks they are really cool but when something goes wrong and they do get sick they can cost a lot. Have a great day thanks.

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  • Terry - 2013-10-07
    Linda, I have four frontosas in a 180 gallon tank. They do get pretty large but take a long time to grow. They are carnivores so a good protein diet is good.
  • Linda - 2013-10-02
    Tammy, I am new to Frontosa's. I just purchased three youngsters, would love to hear from someone who also has them. I continue to hear details on what to do and not to do, most doesn't make much sense to me. I can't tell how old your post is, so I hope you are still around. Thanks.
  • pam - 2013-12-27
    How can you tell male from female? We have 2, one has a more extended mouth. But one has a large lump on his head. My husband thinks it's a female.
  • Stacylee - 2014-02-20
    Hi how can u tell male to female frontosa
  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-20
    Stacylee please read the 'Sex: Sexual differences' section above... it says 'male is larger, and often has a more pronounced cranial hump'
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viiny - 2014-02-09
I bought 8 juveniles yesterday, all are 1' or so. How long before their colors pop and they look like the blue moorii adults? I have them in a 90 gallon tank.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-12
    They usually start taking on blue coloring at around 4cm, so you should see this soon.
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Jamie - 2014-02-01
I bought 2 German blue rams and was told they were a male and female. Turns out they are both female. Can I introduce a male?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-01
    See the 'Social Behaviors' section above, as it gives a pretty overview of this question, partially it's dependent on your tank size.
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Pascal - 2009-06-02
I have always loved oscars since I was a young boy. My first oscar was a wild one caught in Miami FL. I was fishing with my brother and I caught a two inch baby with a net. I yelled to my brother "I caught a Oscar" I didn't know they had them in cannals in DADE COUNTY in 1984. I kept it in a bucket till I was to return to New York two days later. To make a long story short. I kept Tucco for 12 year and he grew to thirteen inches and lived in a 29gl, 55gl, 75gl tank. He was not all that colorful but full of sponk. He never bit me nor did he have any tankmates but everyday after school and work he would be so happy to see me or the food I was to give him and this went on for years, even when I moved out of my parents home. He never got sick cause I never fed him live foods only cichlid pellets or sticks. Oscars are a wonderful pet if you are willing to give them what they need and don't fall for the "they got to eat gold fish" thing. Tell the truth I always wanted to give Tucco goldfish but I was always scared he would get some sickness and I would lose my pet. I would get teased by my brother about this but tucco was mine and I raised him and he was my responsibility. I chose to take Him from his home in FL and bring him to NYC in a cooler even though my Dad said "he would die before we even got to VA". Tucco proved him very wrong. All in All if you have the time to raise an Oscar, wild or store bought, do it right. Feed it, water changes, stay away from live foods. You will have a very healthy pet and one that will in my opinion love you dearly for it. Oh and Tucco never had HITHD or any other sickness. Just fat and happy. R.I.P. Tucco. you are truly missed buddy.

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  • Tom Odell - 2011-03-01
    Wow..... you are so lucky, living in the states. In the uk, we get carp, carp and you guessed it.... carp. I'd love to be able to catch fish and be able to take them home.
    Thanks'
    Tom :)
  • Carol Watch\r\n - 2011-07-18
    This piece of info is very useful for me, thank you!
  • ALEX - 2014-01-29
    A good real story to read I loss my first Oscar after he gone blind after few months I feed him than dies second Oscar is one year old and 8 inches when I bought only one inch are this right growth
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Jennifer Nikki Duvall- Goretcki - 2014-01-23
I received a 12 inch jag off craigslist for free.  I have a 220 gallon established African and South American set up with several fish ranging from about 9inches to 2inches. When I got the fish he was thin. The jag did not eat and I began to worry. I think he gave my tank a parasite or the introduction of him may have added stress among the fish and allowed for a already existing parasite to flourish and be exacerbated. Several of the cichlids are 'flashing'. The jag still was not eating about nine days in, around the same time I noticed the flashing, and had been what seemed to be lethargic in a cave he had claimed as his. So, although I visibly saw now ich I treated for it for three days. Then changed half the water. I mixed Epsom salt and water and entubated him (stuck a tube down into his stomach) to try and rid any intestinal parasites. A couple days later I wetted some spectrum food and entubated him with that to try and boost his energy since he had not ate in about two weeks and was rarely moving, and showed no interest in is normal pellet food, nor freeze dried shrimp! He has finally started attempting to eat his food and is actually swallowing some rather than spitting it back out. Now my concern is what the heck this parasite could be. I checked the jags gills and they are a smooth red with no sight of manifestations of parasites and I also checked another large cichlid who has also been flashing and saw nothing on its gills. There are no white spots on the body either and the three day treatment with the common blue dye color ich treatment stuff didn't seem to ease anything. My ph, nitrate and ammonia levels are never off and I check them regularly. The flashing is not a show for dominance nor for breeding. They are twitching like they have a body tick and then flashing (what almost seems involuntarily at times) around the tank. The water change of almost half the tank has helped some and I plan on changing more water this weekend and continue to do so do rid as much of the parasites in the tank as possible. Anyone have any idea what it could be or had any similar experiences?  The jag still is not very active and lays in his cave a lot.  He still looks malnourished with a slightly sunken in stomach as well. Please help.... I don't want to lose any of my fish!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-24
    Your cichlid could have Hexamita, an intestinal flagellated protozoa that attack the lower intestine. Large cichlids are prone to this disease. A favorite  antibiotic for treating gastrointestinal diseases in cichlids is Metronidazole. It has no discernible side effects, doesn't kill fry or stress out other fish too much. And it is a moderately priced treatment when dosing the whole water volume. See more about it on our fish disease page here: Aquarium Fish Diseases and Treatments: Hexamita
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trevor - 2010-04-21
Believe it or not I have a 55 gallon, currently most of my cichlids are pretty much still in juvenile, but I have 2 red zebras, 2 bumblebees, 2 aurautus, 3 electric blues. Currently the two biggest are one of the zebras and a bumblebee. And the zebra is the more aggressive he dominates the whole tank and thinks every cave is his. I hope he doesn't become a problem, he just chases the other fish, hasn't killed any but thought that would be interesting to mention. Oh and the bumblebee is bigger. Maybe he's a chicken.

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  • KLIDE - 2011-03-24
    I would hope there would be no chickens in the aquarium.
  • Austin Jouppe - 2014-01-18
    Ya definitely not enough room for anything else in there
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Austin Jouppe - 2014-01-18
I love my Acara he is about 4 inches now very nice fish I keep him with a smaller blue johanni and he teaches him too stay on his side but does it nicely he likes too sit in the top level of my landscape pushes his fins out very cool fish I think he would be fine for some one who likes gouramis or angels IMO awesome friendly Cichlid for tropical lovers ;)

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