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post #1 of 2 Old 09-29-2011, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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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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Hi,
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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I do not really know much about them I am new to them myself to you have a test kit to test the water ammonia nitrites and nitrates. Is your other fish acting normal . I wouldnt tap on the tank this will just stress it more . Is there any poop hanging from it . Clamped fins usually means something is wrong.

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