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dotty - 2012-06-20
My livingstonii is a very dark blue all over he still has the dark patches but they are hard to see.

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  • Michael Clarke - 2013-12-13
    Maybe it's a venistus  cichlid instead?
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Callum - 2008-11-12
I've had an oscar for a few years now. They are a great fish with great personalities. I have a few tanks and my Oscar is my favourite. I find they aren't as hardy as other cichlids but with regular maitenance and a varied diet they are relatively easy to keep. Good tank mates are plecos, Silver Dollars and some cichlids. I recommend an oscar to anyone. They have a great personality.

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  • damien - 2013-02-20
    what kind of large cichlids are a good mix with a oscar
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-20
    Really depends on your oscars personality.  They really vary more then most fish.  I have housed them with dempseys, firemouths, arowanas, and gars.  Tons of other options depending on fish.  Remember a huge tank is needed with a great deal of filtration.
  • Jordan - 2013-12-11
    I've got (1)12inch Male tiger Oscar, (1)11inch female albino tiger Oscar(both these oscars are a breeding pair), (1)5inch Male Tiger Oscar, (2)3inch male/female Frontosa's, (1)6inch Male jack dempsey, (1)5inch Male Electric Blue Jack Dempsey, (1)4inch Male Venustus, (1)4inch Male Red Zebra, (1)6inch Male Green Terror, and last but not least 3 plecos roughly 10inches a piece, and after all these fish they all get along very well only time any of them get aggressive is when the two mating oscars lay eggs at which point they are constantly chasing both jack dempsey's away they are all in a 500gal custom built octagon tank in my man cave/party room and have 2 fluval G6 external filters on opposite sides of the tank.
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Ashley Stewart - 2013-12-04
I have a 36 gallon tank that we are starting to set up, and I am interested in getting some of these....how many do you suggest? And what kind of tank mates can I put in with it?  Do they get along w/cories?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    As you can see above, the minimum recommended tank size is 10 gallons for one fish, so with a 36 gallon tank you can have 3, maybe 4, and possibly a couple more once the tank is mature(about 6 months to a year). Also see the Social Behaviors section above for compatibility, due to their described nature, I think cories would be fine.
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benruth - 2004-06-28
I keep a pair of blood parrots. Just the other day, one of them got a piece of gravel stuck inside its mouth! It was hiding away inside the caves for a couple of days, basically not its normal active playful self. Then one day, it got hungry enough to appear to dive for the floating pellets during mealtimes, and appears to spit it out when it reaches it. That is when i had the opportunity to see a piece of stone in its mouth!

i caught it with my net, and used a pair of tweezers to gently extract out the stone. It took a couple of attempts, as it seems lodged firmly inside. Thank God, it was finally pulled out, and i released the blood parrot back into the tank.

Within a couple of hours, it got back its normal appetite and level of energy! These fishes are indeed the center of (dis)traction for me! I highly recommend this fish.

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  • Angie - 2013-11-30
    Your post may be too dated for this response, but just in case, I have a question. Did someone help you remove the piece of gravel? Exactly how did you accomplish such a procedure on a little fish especially if he was trying to get away? I ask because I need to get some debris off my little maroon clown fish who is only about 2 inches long, if that! Hoping for a reply, Angie
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Sheila - 2013-02-24
My red devil is about 8 years old & has begun to just lay on the bottom of the tank on his side. My husband thinks it's time to remove him but I just can't. He's been such a great pet & after having to put my lab down a few months ago, I just hate to lose him too. He's breathing, he looks around & when pushed will swim away. But mostly he's just laying on his side. He's been doing this for a few weeks now. I hate to think he's in pain. . .do you think he is dying & I should take steps to go ahead & send him on?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-24
    Check water levels.  Try adding some air stones.  Is he eating?
  • MAMAS5 - 2013-03-14
    Sheila my comment above is actually for you I meant to hit Reply on your post and hit add a comment instead! How is your red devil doing now? I do hope u figured out what his issue was!
  • hayley - 2013-03-15
    HI there my red devil was doing the same.. I had him in with my plec and a zebra loach and another loach. they were fine though.. I have since put him in a bigger tank.. Added some other faster moving fish..with plenty of hiding places.. I was very on edge at first But it seems to have brought him round.. He rests in his castle but is more active.. Its mad really I've had him 3/4 years dont know how old he was when I got him.. But know when this fish arrived he wouldn't accept other fish apart from the loaches.. And was advised to leave him alone.. He now has his space and they all seem quite happy using the full tank.. He isn't sleeping on his side... the tank does seem well balanced.. occasionally he gives a chase.. But thats it.. x I feed him tropical frozen food blood worms etc cucumber, peas, pellets and flake..
  • April - 2013-03-12
    I just had the same thing happen to my red devil. He was acting like this for a couple months though. First I thought he was just old, but then I read they can live up to 15 years. Then I treated him for some disease with Maracyn 2 but he didn't get better. Then I had someone come and look at him and they said that he injested too many rocks and sand (he liked to move them) and couldn't pass them. So he was bloated, backed up and just the toxins were building up inside. She gave him some tablet, it was a 50/50 chance. I've read you can put epsom salt in your tank too, to help constipation. Unfortunately it was too late for my fish we buried him last week. But I hope you can save yours, they are beautiful fish!
  • melanie - 2013-09-06
    April, what kind of tablet was it? Our fish is doing the exact same thing and he likes to move pebbles and is not laying on the ground and doesn't want to move.
  • nigel - 2013-11-27
    Sounds like what they call sleeping disease even though awake they just sit there doing nothing and get listless. I lost a large oscar to this a month ago and it was horrible.
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Linda - 2013-11-23
I have 2 Red Severums that are about 4 yrs old. Having a difficult time figuring out if they are male and female. The smaller more vibrant one is always digging up gravel and spitting it out to make a large hole. Lately the larger less colorful one has been staying at the bottom of the tank and does not appear to be eating. It loves earthworms- but that's all it would eat- and I was worried that it was not getting proper nutrition so I stopped buying them and got some Cichlid pellets. Also, when the larger, less colorful one swims around- the smaller one swims right over, appearing to dominate it. The smaller more colorful one rules the tank- I know we have too many fish in our 55 gal tank but can't do anything about it until we move in a few months- we keep up on water changes and try to keep the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite lowered with a chemical additive- it's the best I can do right now. I'm not sure if the larger Red Severum with pale color is sick or maybe just being dominated by the smaller one. I could swear that one time we saw eggs on the bottom of a flat surface decoration in the tank, but they disappeared the next day and we have never seen them again. When we move I plan to only have the 2 Severums in the 55 gal tank and move the others to another tank. Neither one of them is an enthusiastic eater and we've tried many varieties of food- but they are still alive so they must be eating something!

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carl rumsey - 2013-11-22
i have overfed my jaguar chicken slices, she hasnt eaten or had a bowel movement in 6 days. she has swelled up on both sides of her belly. Golf ball size stomach. I believe she is about to explode. Please help. What should I do to save her? ty carl

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Sounds like he's constipated. Try giving him a few shelled peas, it's like a fishy ex-lax. Use frozen peas thawed a bit in the microwave, remove the outer skin and feed the rest.
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Mayank Dusane - 2013-11-17
What kind of meaty food can I feed my flowerhorn as you have strictly said not to feed them beef heart of any other meat?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    Beef heart was fed to large cichlids for many years, but it is now known that it can cause digestive problems. It can still be fed, but should be done more sparingly. The foods and feeding section above suggests.. 'a good mixture of high quality cichlid pellets, krill, frozen bloodworms, earthworms, night crawlers, crickets, and carotene enhanced supplements.  Feeder fish can be used, but because they can carry parasites it's best to keep them in a quarantine tank and make sure they are disease free before feeding them.
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Taylor - 2013-02-27
i have had a EBJD for around 5 months now and it is no more then 1 and a half inches in length, do that sound right to you or is it growing slow?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-27
      Not a bad thing.  There are a lot of things that control growth.  Tank size, temps, feeding, but you are in no way doing anything wrong based on growth.
  • Taylor - 2013-02-28
    ok thank you for the info, at the moment i have it in a 125L tank with about 12 small community but will be moving it 2 my 240L tank with my 2 oscars when it is big enough. the temp is 25/26
  • David Brough - 2013-02-28
    It sounds about right to me.
  • Max miller - 2013-03-09
    I have 20 3 inch cory catfish with 1 electric blue jack deamsy she is 2 inches big they are In a 45 then I will move them all to a new them into a 80 will they all be ok in that tank
  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-10
    Should be fine.  They will enjoy the increased room!
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can  add 1 ram if so what kind? Finally this is the last question can I add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • Max miller - 2013-03-10
    So the eletric blue jack demsy will not eat the cory catfish and can i add 1 ram if so what kind? Finaly this is the last qestion can i add my convicts with them they are the same size but the male? Thanks a lot :D :P
  • riz - 2013-06-05
    As a rule of thumb, fishes tend to increase in length 1 inch/month, depending upon how big aquarium is.
  • Jeff - 2013-11-12
    Although this fish is hardy they are also a very very slow grower and if they get into a bad spot when young and experience a lot of stress that slows them down 10 fold. I have 2 elec blues that were the same size as a red texas cichlid and an oscar and 2 africans about 1'. Within 3 months everything was twice as big as the blue dempsies. I am going on 7 months now and the red texas is near 6' and one blue is nearing 3' the other got bullied bad by the texas and is still under 2'. I now have a plexi sheet dividing my 2 blues from everything else.
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marissa - 2013-10-19
I have one golden sevrum, I've noticed what looks like air bubbles under his mouth that seem to flake off when he's swimming, he's on his own and  was attacking other fish in his previous home, pets at home advised anti fungus and finrot. Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-07
    I'm guessing what you have is a mouth fungus (columnaris) and I believe 'pets at home' gave you sound advise. The problem is mostly likely due to water quality so a water change would be the first order of business. Fungus itself can never be eliminated from the tank (the same is true of Finrot), and it is opportunistic. You can alleviate the current infection, see Mouth Fungus above for symptoms and treatment, and then fix the water quality so the fish's immune system will prevent any reoccurrence.

    The Severum Cichlid is from South America and so it needs soft, slightly acidic to neutral water. Be sure you have adequate filtration, sufficient oxygen, and make sure the tank is not overstocked. To keep the quality up, don't overfeed and perform regular water changes.
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