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post #11 of 20 Old 02-17-2010, 11:31 PM
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Blood parrots are deformed?? Wha? They have such cute faces haha. But ya it sounds good that you have no nitrites and no ammonia so I guess your tank is cycled. So I doubt it's ammonia/nitrite burn or w/e... Nitrates are fine. 40 is probably the max. Sounds like your water is alright so I am guessing it's the coloring... If they are acting fine...
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-17-2010, 11:59 PM
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Blood parrots are deformed?? Wha? They have such cute faces haha. But ya it sounds good that you have no nitrites and no ammonia so I guess your tank is cycled. So I doubt it's ammonia/nitrite burn or w/e... Nitrates are fine. 40 is probably the max. Sounds like your water is alright so I am guessing it's the coloring... If they are acting fine...
Yes, deformed.
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-18-2010, 09:31 AM
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That made me very sad.....poor little guys
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post #14 of 20 Old 02-18-2010, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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My worry now is that my tank may be too overcrowded.
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-23-2010, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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SO big als is telling me...

- feed them once a day (about how much they can consume in 1 min)
- water change ONLY once a week and no more than 10-20%
- gravel vac only once a month

does this sound about right? i was thinking about like water change/gravel vac twice a week about 10-20%. is that overkill?
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I think somewhere inbetween would probably be best. (don't know if live plants will get destroyed in your tank, but they do improve water quality. Not enough to allow any extra fish, but well enough to make a well-stocked tanks' inhabitants happier)

I think your top priority should be buying a new tank, and lowering the bioload.
Overstocking will cause a whole mess of problems.

Or, if there are some fish you don't like as much, sell them in the classifieds forum.

Your fish are overcrowded now, but keep in mind, with all the fish growing, in a month or three it could be twice as bad.

As far as stocking, there are many rules to judge the amount, but they all have flaws.
Look around on these forums... there's a web site to help you calculate stocking levels for a tank...

you can figure out what kind of tank you need to get, or which fish you need to 'rehome'.

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post #17 of 20 Old 02-24-2010, 02:28 PM
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I don't understand why it's "no less than 10-20%"... I'd do 25% 2 times a week like you say. Gravel vacuum 1/2 the gravel once a week.

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post #18 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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So I thought I'd fill you folks in on my discolouring blood parrot.

Come home last week on Tuesday and found she made a valley in the gravel and laid about 30 eggs. Turns out she was mating the whole time and now her colour is starting to go back to normal!

Should I leave the eggs in there? They are very protective of their eggs...
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post #19 of 20 Old 03-08-2010, 11:11 PM
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those baby llood parrots should be worth good money. It's good anyways that you got the test kit just to make sure. The kits last a while. I wouldn't mess with the eggs see if they hatch then see if the pet store will buy them.
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post #20 of 20 Old 03-10-2010, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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so cam home last night and found no eggs.. someone (most likely the parrots)... ate the eggs!
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