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post #1 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Help - Parrot fish

Help - Parrot fish
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I'm new to the community. I have 2 parrot fish in a tank with a few other fish. I will shorten this story as much as possible. I thought one of my parrots was sick, was very listless and just wasn't normal. Then I thought it was dead because it wasn't moving at all. I assumed I over fed them being that they are greedy and I try to put enough in there to make sure everybody gets some food. The larger parrot would run and protect it whenever I approached the tank. I decided to tap the tank to make the big one move and I caused the sickly one to move his fins a little bit. I tap harder it moved its side fins a bit more.
In the middle of the night, it was laying upside down in the corner of the tank, no movement at all, fins down flat against the top of the body. I worked up the nerve to remove the dead fish and when I put the net in the tank both fish shot off to the other side of the tank. This has been going on for three days now.
Even if I over fed them, I figured maybe his tummy hurts from overeating. Yesterday I did a ph test, it was a 1. I changed half the water and treated it with stress zyme. Today it is moving around a bit more, but still acting weird. My boyfriend said maybe its pregnant, and it does look a bit plump now that I think about it. It is staying away from the others for the most part, but what do I do? Now it is sitting perfectly still on the rocks not moving at all, but at least it isn't laying on its side again. side fins are barely moving, top fins are down. Does this sound like its dying? Is it about to lay eggs or something? I read somewhere they lay eggs, are not live breaders. I know nothing about them. I need al the hslp and advise I can get, I'm open to all sugestions.


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post #2 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:28 AM
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Yesterday I did a ph test, it was a 1.
????? please tell me the 1 is a typo? because if that is correct, you have bigger problems.

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post #3 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:33 AM
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Were also going to need to know what your ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are? How big is the tank? How long have you had the fish? Tank mates? Actual ph? How long has the tank been set up?
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post #4 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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I just checked the freshwater Amonia card that comes in the box with the test kit. yesterday was 1.0 green taday it is .5 lighter green.
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post #5 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:35 AM
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okay ammonia makes more sense. pH at 1 would be extremely acidic and your fish would probably be dead. lol.

Sounds like some issues with ammonia. Is your tank cycled? How long has it been set up? is it planted?
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I just checked the freshwater Amonia card that comes in the box with the test kit. yesterday was 1.0 green taday it is .5 lighter green.
How long has the tank been set up?
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post #7 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
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correction, wasn't a ph test , this is an AMONIA test kit with a lil test tube and 2 bootels labled test solution 1 and test solution 2, comes with a color card
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post #8 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:38 AM
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correction, wasn't a ph test , this is an AMONIA test kit with a lil test tube and 2 bootels labled test solution 1 and test solution 2, comes with a color card

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post #9 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 30 gallon tank 36 x 18" and I'm running a Fluval 305 filter and a heater.

Got the fish from a coworker that was moving out of town and he gave me the fish I went and bought the tank. There are 5 tiger bargs, 2 neons, those 2 big orange PARROTS (a friend had to telll me what they were), a catfish/ They were all living together when I got them/

I've had the fish about 6 weeks now. lost a few when I first got them here, but all has been fine for weeks until now.
No live plants. Did go buy some plastic plants and stuff, but didn put anything in there yet.

Last week I noticed the parrot rooting around on the bottom like he was trying to plant his bottom in the rocks or something. Otherwise I sometimes hear them moving the rocks around like they are digging for fallen food. WHen it's quiet, not uncommone for me to hear them shifting the rocks a bit.
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post #10 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:46 AM
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Im not a cichlid expert but I think a 30g is too small for a pair of these.

Also, if you set this tank up and did not cycle it first, there may be permanent damage done to these fish from the cycling process. I would recommend another water change and you need to get a conditioner like Seachems Prime that will turn ammonia into Ammonium. Ammonium is not harmful to the fish.

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