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post #11 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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What gallon do you suggest.
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post #12 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 09:59 AM
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Ive never owned these fish, but from a quick Google search they can reach 8-10 inches in length. This is a large fish.

Ive seen the minimum tank recommendation is 55g for these fish. Again, this is just from a quick Google search. Maybe someone who has had these fish can chime in here soon.
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post #13 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:04 AM
I was going to say 55g.

Do you know you nitrites and nitrates? Do you know if your tank has at some pointed cycled 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites? I'm leaning toward your tank is not cycled but it's hard to say not knowing your readings.
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post #14 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:09 AM
Here you go I was looking for this
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post #15 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:14 AM Thread Starter
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First time owning fish as an adult, just bought the tank, put in the water, conditioned it, set up the filter and 2 days later got the fish here and put them in. Lets just say it wasn't cyclyed, because I sure don't know how to cycle it. I've been feeding them and doing water changes since I got them here. I bought the stress zyme because the guy in the fish store said I had to. I need FISH 101, I am truly new to this. Have always adored watching my fish as a child, but that's it!!! Fish have a calming effect, are very relaxing to watch.

I'm ignorant to all the knowledge of owning an adult aquarium As I stated earlier, all suggestion and advise are needed and welcomed. I do plan on getting a much larger tank, but figured the 30 would do since it was a last minute, rush rush thing. The guy I got them from claimed his filter broke, and I wonder how long ago it broke becasue of the color of the water that was in the bags with the fish was nasty.... yellow brown color. Didn't just break must have been broken a while.
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post #16 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I truly need this. Hope my fish don't die. Otherwise they look fine, are behaving as usual except for this one parrot
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:18 AM
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I think the best thing to do is read that article k19smith linked. It should explain everything about cycling. Since we are past that point now though, the first thing I think you MUST have is an API master test kit. It will allow you to check your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. These are things you need to test for in a fresh water tank.

You want your ammonia and nitrites to be 0, and nitrates no more than 20ppm. pH is only important when it comes to the fish you want to keep. If you dont have one of these kits, I suggest you get one ASAP and test your water and let us know the results. :)

In the mean time, I'd do another water change tonight.
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post #18 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:21 AM
also, browsing some of the other posts will help. there is a lot of information on this forum, you just have to look. and feel free to ask more questions. people here like to help.

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post #19 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:22 AM
Basicallt right now your gonna wanna keep up water changes to keep the ammonia at a safe level so it does not kill the fish. Your aiming to get it to 0. You may have to do daily water changes or every few days just a partial change. Once you get a good test kit you'll know when and we can give you an idea how much water to change. Anything over .25 ammonia needs a water change.

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post #20 of 23 Old 09-29-2011, 10:35 AM
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Hello and welcome to TFK

As others have posted I would agree that it sounds like your tank is still going through the cycling process. Water changes are definitly important during this time. I would suggest doing water changes of 40 to 50%. Also it will be important to know what the nitrites and nitrates ae in the tank. When doing water changes also make sue that you are vacuuming the gravel.

Definitly you are going to need a larger tank for the parrots, they do get rather large and are an aggressive fish. At least a 55 gallon, but larger would be better. The blood parrot is a hybrid and the speculated pairings are either the midas cichlid with the redhead cichlid or severum with the red devil cichlid. You can check out the profiles of these particular cichlids here on the site, either by clicking on the highlighted names or the link for the profiles are at the top of the page second tab from the left.
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