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Kelly - 2013-08-27
We have 4 mooriis in a 75 gal. They're right at a year. Purchased a 125 gallon tank today, I know they'll be happy once we can move them! Love these fish. Very docile, only tank mates are various plecos. They do spook when we approach the tank, and hide in the slate caves we made. Any suggestions on tank mates for these guys...keeping in mind they are extremely easily spooked? I don't want any chance for them to get hurt!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-28
    It would be best to keep them with other cichlids of similar size. They are considered a semi-agressive fish and wouldn't do well with other community fish or other cichlids which are smaller than them. You can try using this Fish Finder application to determine good tankmates. It's helpful because you can put in every parameter of your particular aquarium!
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Mark - 2013-08-26
Hi all I have a red devil that has been sitting on the bottom of my tank for the last few months. He comes up for food and comes over to have a look when I go up to the tank. Otherwise he just sits upside down on the bottom of the tank! Can anyone tell me what to do to fix this or is it to late for him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-08-27
    That is really strange! Because it's been going on for so long, and he is eating and active when he wants to be, makes me think there may be nothing physically wrong. But it's still really strange:)
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Riedwaan - 2013-08-22
Hi everyone, My Red Devil is about 25cm in size, very playful and a pleasure to have. He is white in color with orange fins. As I am residing in Cape Town South Africa do I find it very difficult to get a partner for him. Could anyone help and assist? I am willing to buy. Please respond to you soonest. Thanks. Riedwaan. email address (emkitchrt@gmail.com)

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Sam - 2013-01-06
I have a male black belt but I am looking for a female.

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  • Derek - 2013-08-21
    I have a beautiful female not sure how old. Where do you live I'm living in Canada, Toronto?
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tara - 2013-08-19
Hi I have a 40g with a edjd that I bought in April of This year. He/she is with two pictus catfish, rainbow shark, and a male and female brislenose Pleco. I was wondering what would make a good tankmate?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-20
    Try this Fish Finder application. You can enter in all your tank parameters, and it will give you suggestions on fish! It is pretty neat.
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Bethanie Faye Charlton - 2013-08-12
I recently lost my 6.5 inch male convict to an unknown reason. I've had him for over 5 years since he was a baby (1.5cm). He's had four different partners, and a lot of baby's, which he ate pretty much all of them then mauled the female's, he was very nasty. I've never had a problem with anything eg: pH levels and all that. His tank was always in a perfect condition, and there was only ever him and a female in the tank. I really just want an answer as to why he died, he was a little unwell & off colour the day before he passed. He ate a few feeder fish, which I gave him as a treat cause there his favorite earlier that day, he always had a great appetite and would eat anything. He didn't have any spots or anything out of the ordinary, he was just a bit lighter in colour then usual. He became quite lethargic and would come to the front of the tank and follow my finger like he always did, I tried giving him some bloodworms but he wasn't interested at all. I gave the tank a water change a week before, but he was fine after that. When I found him the next day, he was belly up on the bottom of the tank, he was his normal colour, but his eyes were very cloudy and bulging, and he was bloated but he wasn't like that the day before. There was nothing wrong with the water, and the female was her normal self and still is, maybe just a little lost without him,  I got a new male and the female is getting along fine with him, will she breed again?



 

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    It could have been anything, really. It sounds like he was getting a little older and he possibly just got an illness which took him down? Just like people, animals and fish can get sick too. It sounds like you were doing everything else right and it would be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of death.
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joey mathews - 2013-08-09
I have a 45 gallon tank with a 1 1/2 inch EBJD and I really wanted to add some more fish in the tank, preferably other cichlids. Any suggestions on what type to put in with him?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-22
    You might want to try this Fish Finder application. You can put in all the parameters of your individual tank, and it will make recommendations for what type of fish! It is pretty neat.

     
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Janice - 2003-08-17
I bought my very first Blood Parrot on 8/16/03 and although I have only had him/her for 1 day, I can safely say that I love my fish. This is the most entertaining fish I have in my whole tank. He loves to swim on his side and take nose dives at the bubble strip at the back of the tank and also nose dives at the gravel. He will stop and look at his own reflection for minutes at the time and then try to what looks like kiss himself. He is so funny. I have named him Sebastian after the orangy/red crab in the Little Mermaid.

Man made/bred fish or not, I love him and hope to have this little fella around for a long time.

Janice

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  • Deborah Harper - 2010-08-27
    i first saw this fish at my doctors office and fell in love with it so i went out and got me two, but i have a problem right now and i really would like some help, i just got a new one, even though i quess i had not paid much attention on how "bosses" henry gets to isabella, their names,it has only been one day but henry has been so bossey to buddy that buddy is not coming out from the corner, i changed the things around in the tank but that has not helped will buddy be ok? i am getting a bigger tank and i hope that will help.
  • Deborah Harper - 2010-09-13
    I am still trying to find out about the parrot fish and I haven't found out anything about why they push one another around other then being bossy but sometimes they even get mouth to mouth to each other, my little one, her name is isablea, tries to ignore the bossy one but it is hard for her, what can you do to get harmony in the tank?
  • Timeka - 2010-10-11
    I just purchased 2 purple parrots and I'm a little concerned with the fish. They don't swim much at all. If I didn't know for a fact that I put them in the tank they could almost pass for decoration in the tank. It's not a bad thing. I just want to know if this is normal behavior and if not... what should I try to get them well if they're ill? I really love these fish.
  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    Parrot fish are shy they tend to hide when being introduced to a new tank, home, person, ex.. After a few days maybe even a few weeks they should lighten up a bit after getting more comfortable.
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gotness - 2013-08-04
I have a 40 gallon tank with 2 tinfoil barbs, 2 jack Dempsey, 1 haplichromis ahli, a kennyi cichlid, and a leopard plecostomus. They all are sexually mature but none of them are full size. Is this a problem? If so, how can I fix it to make them grow bigger? (I'm investing in a 75 gallon)

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-04
    Yes a 40 gallon tank is a little small for all those fish when full-grown! I think you are doing the right thing by upgrading to a 75 gallon tank. That is likely to help them achieve their full-grown size. Other than that, just make sure to feed them a nutritious diet and perform regular water changes. I'm not sure if it is really a problem that they are not growing any larger, but it would be optimum healthwise to provide ideal conditions.
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greg - 2010-09-17
i picked up a texas cichlid from portland or and she ended up mating with my green terror cichlid and now i have about 50 to 100 babies and am anxious to see what they are goin to look like cant wait. also they havent tried to kill any of the other fish, but they are picking on my 13in sucker fish.

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  • kay - 2010-12-27
    Are they fresh water fish and would they live in a 10 gallon tank ok and also are you wanting to get rid of any of them?
  • samiran roy,india - 2011-11-05
    What color does those babies have?
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-11-05
    Good luck with those fry!
  • phil - 2013-07-18
    I am very interested in purchasing some from you when they come of age....E-mail me back please and we can discuss about how to send them thank you.
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