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chang long - 2011-03-15
The black belt cichlids are awesome. The book that has these cichlids are Tophero Son of Smildon which is a great book.

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  • ed - 2014-03-09
    I have a pair of black belts, one is 5 inches one is 8 inches and they had babies about one week ago. Second batch. These ones I think will survive.
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Larry - 2009-01-23
I have a pair of convicts which just had babies on the 16 of Jan and all is well. The last 2 days I notice the pair looks like their kind of sparring off and kinda nipping at each other. The females lips are a little rough. What are they doing and are they ok Thanks

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  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Hi Larry, the pairs are okay nothing to worry about it's the nature of those species. Even I have noticed and come across and they are fine.
  • raghu - 2011-08-09
    Hi Larry, the pairs are okay nothing to worry about its the nature of those species. Even I have noticed and come across and they are fine.
  • Michael - 2014-03-08
    My name is Michael I would like to know why I cannot buy some babies?
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alice moore - 2014-03-06
I got a pair of these about 15 years ago, the female died about 5 years into it but the male has now been alive for about 15 years. I keep him in a 20 gallon tank heavily rocked by himself. I can't imagine he will live for much longer, but I have enjoyed this fish and will probably get another pair once the inevitable happens. Great fish!

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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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