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Cyndi - 2004-04-16
My "fish guy" at the pet store informed me that my orangy fellows live approx. 90 years! Heck, I can see the look on my kids face when she reads my Will - Daughter gets the blood red parrots. I wish I would be there to see the look on her face.

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  • Jordan Lorilla - 2014-04-26
    When done wrong, they die extremely fast, but even when done right, they probably won't live 90 Years! But you'll probably enjoy your blood parrot for a good 3-10 years if done right. The exact age the fish will live depends on the individual, but it'll probably live in that range.
  • Kathy - 2014-06-01
    I had two beautiful Parrot Fish, Peter and Patty, for eight years. They died within a couple of hours of each other. They always played together and bred. Of course the eggs never produced. They are a beautiful animal and fun to watch. They would also stare at me through the glass when I was in the same room. Some people have compared Parrot Fish to a dolphin. They are very friendly and do get used to seeing you. Afer they passed, I bought more (8).
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Jordan Fairbanks - 2012-03-04
I have a 120gal cichlid tank that has been set up for about 6 months now. I have a male Nicaragua Cichlid who is about 7in long and female Salvini who is about 4in long and they had babys. Most of my other fish ate them before we could gather them and put them in a safer tank. I was wondering if anyone knew what kind of hybrid fish this is or what they would look like grown. I have been wanting to know the best way to successfully breed. Thank you!!!

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  • Tricia Tilley - 2014-05-31
    Hi I have a 3 ft tank with only my nics in when courting. I found the male and females to be very lovely to watch. When the female has laid eggs and has her babies both parents are brilliant with their fry. I am proud to have 200 fry in my tank from these lovely fish. The female is green and gold with black spots and the male also has some green on his face but he is very golden too. Also with a nice play spot. So I'm guessing the perfect pair. I have a cave in my tank with plants around that they like to nibble on. The cave is under the sand so not to be noticed. Only had these cichlids 4 months and now I know they are a perfect pair. Thanks for reading. Mummy and daddy become very aggressive over their young if there are other fish in the tank. We had an algae eater but they didn't like it going near their cave..
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Jack Frye - 2014-05-25
I have an 11 inch jd in a 200 gallon tank with tiger Oscars and other jd s ........ They all get along.

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Glenn - 2014-05-24
So I set up a tank in my sons room, because we have a large community tank in our living room and a Mbuna Setup in mine and my wife's bedroom. Recently our large parrot fish which my son adored passed away and he didn't take it well. He always adored Red Devils, especially this one at our LFS that someone dropped off when she got too large. Of all fish he could of picked he went for a 9' female Red Devil. I was a bit skeptical @ first due to their reputation of being killing machines but she is a sweetheart and has a great personality towards my son, he even named her 'Red'. He understands Red can only live in solitary but he gives her a lot of attention and I can see them bonding.. I was kinda astonished that My son wanted the fish that someone basically threw out because she got too big and left her to waste away instead of picking out a kiddie fish @ 7 years old.

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Diane Lapson - 2014-05-24
We have a Jack Dempsey Electric Blue fish who is about 5 years old. He stopped eating over a month ago! And no matter what we do, he won't eat. He must be surviving on algae or some type of protozoa alone. We treated him for Ich and he appears to have 'hole in the head' but he is holding on and we really want to save his life. He has been 'ill' for a long time. We can't get any of our local petshops to take him and heal him. Apparently we don't know how to handle this one.



Does anyone in the New York City area want to take him and see what you can do? You can keep him. We want to make him well and save his life. He obviously has a strong life force because he is still alive after much stress from no eating, medication, etc.



Please respond if you can help. Thanks so much.

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Tristan - 2012-05-20
I am having problems moving my livingstoni to a 5ft tank contaning mbunas and haps ,but every time i put him back into the tank he gets bullied by the red zebra and the next morning he is sick what should i do.

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  • simzdrac - 2014-05-22
    Place it in the other tank...don't let it be scared and bullied by others...do it soon...put in aquarium salt depending on the size of the tank...if it is continuously bullied, not a good idea...
  • simz - 2014-05-22
    Place it into other tank...let it be alone...put some aquarium salt depending on the size of an aquarium...example 1 spoon to 28litres of water...add in vitamin complex...do it soon as possible...
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David - 2013-11-09
My experience with Firemouths has been great, although I will admit that they can be anything but peaceful. They tend to intimidate and harass timid cichlids, and get themselves into trouble when trying to do the same to larger, nastier cichlids. Aside from keeping them in a species tank, the best companions are similarly-sized cichlids that will retaliate with minimal force. Honduran Red Points, Sajica, and Blue Acara have all worked really well for me. Another option is keeping them with schooling fish - larger tetras, robust barbs, rainbowfish, and swordtails are all great options.

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  • daniel - 2014-05-14
    i was thinking of keeping a couple dwarf fire mouth cichlid in a 54 liter tank with guppies and fry and glowlight,neon tetra and a chinese algae eater what do you think
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Nyan Tun - 2014-05-07
I have 1 jack dempsy in a 29 gallon tank. What kind of fish can I put together?

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Jason D - 2014-04-06
I have a jaguar cichlid and he loves to lay in the bubble ring like it's spa day, is this normal or a concern?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2014-04-12
    It is most likely him just having fun. But just keep an eye out for any other unusual behavior or signs of illness if you are concerned.
  • Jason D - 2014-04-13
    Thank you! He or she.is doing great it's just one of the crazy things it does, I never had a fish with so much personality and can tell me from anybody else that aproaches the tank. And seems to get aggressive towards them, I love this fish and to think I got him her for free lol sucker!!!!
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jo - 2014-02-21
I've had a blue electric for two and a half months, he was about one and a quarter inches when I got him, he is now close to three inches. He is in a 40 gal with a catfish. He does very well being alone. He is gorgeous.

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  • d.umlywufg - 2014-04-13
    I had an electric blue Dempsey 8 years ago, very aggressive, 12 inches long, lived two years.
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