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AquaTramp - 2009-06-27
Blood parrots do fine with larger community fish. Due to them not being able to bite to defend themselves, I would not put them in a tank with aggressive fish as they can not defend themselves. All they can do is a lot of pushing. Another mild cichlid should be OK such as the Severum, tho.

"Bubblegum" parrots are those that have been dyed. "Jellybean" parrots are the off- spring of your female blood parrot with a convict. Jellybeans are often mistakenly referred to as dyed which is incorrect information. Male blood parrots are infertile so if you have a pair of BP and they spawn, don't get exicted. The eggs will not live. The female can have fry with a few other male cichlids, tho.

Parrots can get Blood Spot Disease from poor water conditions. I do 50% water changes in all my fish tanks including that of my blood parrots. Some parrots also get black skin pigmentation so do not confuse this with the black spot disease.

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  • sherry cotten - 2013-10-27
    PLEASE help us we are beside ourselves, we have a thirty gallon tank and we had two parrot fish. One was getting sick swimming upside down, lost color, would not eat, was hiding, we got the ick stuff and fish first aid and it seemed to bounce back and forth. We went to serveral pet stores and read a lot of on line info, also had black spots on head and fins then they said it was just stressed and stop treating tank and we did and fish died and now the other has spots. We have been doing water changes and did one yesterday but water smells and we are not sure what to do as other seems to have like itchy skin and spots WE DON'T WANT TO KILL ANOTHER FISH WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG? THANKS, SHERRY.
  • bp - 2014-01-09
    To Sherry. How big is your tank? Have you checked your water conditions on ph, ammonia levels, nitrite, and nitrate levels as well as the correct temperature? Are you feeding with a good mix of food including pellets, peas to prevent swim bladder, or brine shrimp/blood worms for treats. Are you doing enough water changes like a recommended weekly? And do you have other fishes that may bully your blood barrots?
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tammy hyde - 2014-01-07
I only recently discovered the African Fairy Butterfly Peacock, from Otter point in Lake Malawy. What makes it stand out from other reds and blues Peacocks or Haps, is the bright Orange coloring around on all finnage, the blue face, and white icing on the top fin. I have two juveniles in a 'Grow out' tank, as they don't fair well with big cichlids. However, they are quite beautiful, and curious little fellows worth checking out!

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Captain Kirk - 2009-03-18
I have a pair of these great fish. They remind me of Croppie, for those of you who fish. They are pretty regular with laying eggs, for a while they were doing it every month. The male is huge and yes I am scared of him sometimes. These are tank commander type fish. I can't even keep catfish or apple snails with them. This means cleaning the tank often. They are very hardy and eat a little bit of everthing.
Once after all the fry from one of their spawnings had died off I took the opportunity to clean the tank. I took everything out, poured boiling water (in a bucket) over the gravel, scrubbed everything. Set up the rocks and poured in new water, a little cold so I waited for the heater to bring up the temperature. Then I noticed a little fry swimming around. The tank was empty! All but dry, I wiped down all the glass with paper towels. I was dumbfounded how this little guy survived.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-01-05
    That's cool.
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Marysol Tardif-Giroux - 2011-12-15
It's nice to finally see someone else with an older Midas. My male Peaches is currently 17 years old. When I first got him, the only info I found, stated that they only live about 9 years. Peaches can not be kept with other species, when he was 1/2 inch he was killing 5 and 6 inch Oscars. When he killed all the 5 inch Africans my boss tried to feed him too. I was told to flush him down the toilet. I couldn't do it. So I took him home. Peaches could hide behind my thumb when I put it against the glass. He was so small, and he was all black. He is peach coloured now. But he actually got his name from the song 'Peaches' (come from a can, they were put there by a man) Because, he kept poking holes in the fish bag, so I slipped the bag in my rinsed out soup can to bring him home. Now he's about 12 inches. He had a mate, but killed her when she wasn't laying eggs often enough, so is now living with a few babies. He kills one once in a while, so he may go back down to lone fish at some point. I'll never give him away, he is living longer than my cat (12 years RIP).

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  • james allen bentley sr. - 2012-02-16
    I have a 175 gal tank my midas A.K.A mighty is 7 years old. I was told that only the male had a hump on his is this true. He lives with two jack dempseys and is too fat to catch them. I have lots of cover. I can pet him like a puppy but if I'm cleaning he bites me. The grand love him when he bites at their nose. He's a real blast. Any comments welcome!!! :)
  • Star - 2014-01-02
    I have a Midas (could be a red devil tho) male. He has a large Nuchal bump and is lemon and orange colored. I rescued you him from a 38 gallon tank. He had quite a bit of damage (big pock holes in his face and forhead, etc.) Most of those holes are gone now, with only some scaring left from the deepest of his injuries. He was in the tank by himself, and I do not know what his earlier history is. He is now alone in a 75 gallon tank and seems to be quite happy. His name is Zeus because he is magnificent! He is 12-13' long, and very intelligent. I can interact with him and pet him all over his body. He loves earth worms and during the warmer months I bring him one every now and then. He takes them up like spaghetti! Zeus interacts with the dogs and my grandchildren. He is extremely curious. I truly wish I had a larger tank for him. I have two Fluval cannister filters (305 and 306) and they seem to do the trick. I use a siphon to remove water from his tank weekly (about 1/3) which sucks up his gravel to clean it as it removes water. He has a fit over this. He is so territorial about his gravel when he sees it moving up the tube he gets really angry. It's funny but it's not. I don't like him to be upset. Zeus also spends a lot of time beating up his intake tubes and artifical plants. He carries the tall silk plants around and rearranges them. I found him a small ball from a fooseball set and he pushes that around from time to time. Just recently, my neighbor gave me a plastic fish that is meant to feed turtles. It floats around the tank and I'm hoping that Zeus will find some entertainment in bossing the plastic buddy around. So far though he seems entirely disinterested. I don't have a clue how old this fish is, all I know is I have had him for 1 year and the people before him had him for at least 2. Honestly, I feel that pet shops should be better educated about these types of fish. They're great when they're small but they need a ton of space as mature adults. More than the average hobbyist can offer. (just sayin) As far as a pet goes though, he is awesome. I also have 4 orandas in a separate tank in the other room. I almost want to put both tanks in one place so Zeus can watch the Orandas. Which, btw, are super fun fish to have. My largest is about 7' now. I feed them from my hand and they will allow me to touch them. One likes resting in my cupped hand.. so cute. I would like to rehome Zeus now that he is all healed up and healthy. Finding the right home is super difficult though.
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greg - 2013-12-27
Hi I have a mystic shark and I just found a lump in the lower part of the stomach, can anybody tell me what it could be please?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-04
    It's hard to say what this is on your Iridescent shark (a.k.a. Mystic shark). It could be some kind of parasite, a tumour, or it could have injured itself. These sharks are very skittish and will often swim into things, hurting themselves.
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sam - 2009-10-27
Hiya, I have a 40 gallon fluval vicenza aquarium with a fluval external canister filter. I do a 25% percent water change every Friday and the fish are feed flake, cichlid pellets, tetra prima, catfish pellets, and blood worm treats. My current fish are one 3inch male festivum, one 3 inch male opaline gourami, one 3inch female pearl gourami. 3 days ago I added 4 little baby angelfish about the size of a 50p, 2 smaller marble ones and 2 silver striped angelfish. At first they got chased and nipped but now they are ignored.They lighten up my dull tank. They look so awesome just playing tag in and out of the big amazon sword plants. Feeding time is, well fun, they are wee psychos, lol. Soon I'm going to add some new fishes to the festivum, gourami's and angel's tank. I'm thinking about adding somthing like 2 golden gouramis, 1 snakeskin gourami, 1 baby pleco, 1 red tailed shark, 4 baby keyhole cichlids, 6 cherry barbs, 8 serpae tetras, and I would like to add a baby severum too, but we'll see. Thanks Animal-World, you've helped me out sooooo many times with your fish info, and today you helped me again with my new angels. So thank you very much :), your brilliant! Cheers Animal-World. I mean it, without your site I'd be a crap fish keeper, thanks!!

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  • Wes - 2013-12-23
    That is way too many fish. If you are going to add all the fish you say your going to need a 125 gallon.
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samiran roy,india - 2011-11-04
How much do these guys cost in India? I badly want one. Please respond.

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  • charan kumar - 2013-12-19
    If you are in bangalore, then you are lucky and i can provide you orange lelupii both adults and small. Let me know if you want.
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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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