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twoinchina 10-31-2007 09:57 PM

Aggressive Blood Parrots

we need some advice regarding our blood parrots.

Here's the tank setup:

50 gallon, external 5+ gallon canister filter, oxygen pump, heater.

Fish: 4 blood parrots (appr. 3 inch), 3 common plecos (4 inch), 5 bala sharks (4 inch), 1 black oscar (5 inch), 2 flowerhorns (4 inch).

2 of the blood parrots keep producing eggs every 2 to 3 weeks, they are an established couple. The male (I presume, since he's larger (almost 4 inch), and a female start digging first and chasing other fish around, then they get even more territorial, then they lay eggs and start biting everything that moves (even for me the bites are quite painful to tell the truth).

Anyways, 2 days ago we lost an albino Oscar to their rage - he's been injured by the heater a while ago (we installed a heater guard since), and was not as fast and fiesty as others, so they kept nibbling on him and caused a pop-eye and then a skin disorder, which got infected as a result and the fishy died :(:(:( We tried to save him, and the black oscar kept protecting him (is it common by the way?), but he died.

The black Oscar is always bitten by them too whenever they lay eggs and it takes a while for him to recover.

Now we are thinking about installing a premanent separator in our tank with 4 parrots on one side and the rest of the fish on the other side. Is it a good idea? We ordered a sheet of glass with holes drilled in the middle for water circulation.

Any advice?

Thank you


Lupin 10-31-2007 11:52 PM

Tank looks too overcrowded to need a divider.:? My only recommendation is to trim down the population.

twoinchina 11-01-2007 12:51 AM

See, they seem fine most of the time, we've had the tank for more than 3 months with no casualties till the day before yesterday.

Can anything else be done?

Thank you

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