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Ask Gazoo!

Gazoo recently held a press conference, and I think you'll all be very interested to hear what he had to say in response to the questions! Read on for a sampling! If you have questions, ask them in the comments and he will answer the ones that he feels like...

Gazoo and Winston

Question 1:

Q: Gazoo, what is it like to be a parrot cichlid?

A: Click the Play button to listen to Gazoo's answer:

Question 2:


Q: Gazoo, how do you get people to do what you want?

A: Click the Play button to listen to Gazoo's answer:

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hehehehehehehehehehehhehhehehehehehehehehehehhhe! awwwww thats so cute!!!!!!
*Dominique<3

I love it so true! Looks like my Joesphina fish. Mine eat out of my hand 4 of them and come to the tank the minute I am there. eMy family loves to make jokes about my attachment. Mine also love clean water and I clean the tank once every 7-9 days but prefer no more than a week. They love to rearrange the tank for new adventures and fun. They wait to be hand fed and then will reluctantly go search ing for other food only when I leave.

This is really cute...

HI GAZOO
MY QUESTION IS MY PARROT FISH IS ACTING TOTALLY DIFFERENT. I THINK I HAVE A FEMALE
THAT IS READY TO LAY SOME EYES. SHE IS STAYING IN ONE PLACE AND PICKING AND
PUTTING GRAVEL IN FRONT. SHE USED TO LOVE GOING IN HER CAVE AND SHE DOESN'T MOVE
OUT OF HER NEW STOP. SHE IS ALSO VERY AGGRESSIVE TO ALL THE FISH.
I WILL WAIT FOR A REPL....THANKS..WILLY

this absolutely normal, this is how they behave when lying eggs,she may get even more aggressive to other fish once eggs are laid,(they shouldn't hatch) then eventually she l revert back to normal

My fish are doing the same thing but 1 of them is sitting up in the conner away from the other and one is in the barrel all the time and only comes out when some other fish come near the barrel or where it has made the pile of stones. Does this mean that it has layed eggs? I only have them about 2 weeks so i know nothing about them plz help?

when you first get parrots ,they are shy, they hide in their chosen places and defend this place against everything else,it can take a long time before they swim around the tank, i think it will be this rather than eggs laying, enter "shy" or "hiding" into this site search box and read up, then come back with your questions, welcome to our site

I have four blood parrots. I bought all of them within a two week time period. Two are now about 4-5 inches and the others are about half that size. Can you tell me why the smaller ones are growing so much slower?

maybe there are two females which may account for this? as long as they are all getting their share of food I wouldn't worry, my small one is still small whereas tia is almost the size of my two older ones, yet they were both the same size when I bought them

I currently have large polished river rock in my tank. I have been reading quite a bit how Parrots like to move the gravel around and rearrange the tank. Should I switch to a smaller size gravel?

yes!

I didn't see all these questions!! I'm going to take them to Gazoo very soon! Sorry - it's hard to keep up with you guys!

PCG

How long should or can I leave the light on over my tank?

12 hrs if you want to be nice to them. They are equatorial fish (well, at least BASED ON equatorial fish) - 12 hr. days.

i have a pair of 5-6 inches parrot fishes .They r building a nest in one corner of the tank.They whole day engage themselves in love-making...If in case she lay eggs..then how 2 look after them and make them breed successfully...I m new to this site but a lover of fishes .i have got 3 tanks n 1 small pond for my little sweethearts...I m keeping fish tanks 4 the last 12-13 years.revert back 2 me .

nearly all male blood parrots are sterile so if eggs are laid there is little chance of them hatching, although female parrots are fertile and will pair off with other cichlids in the tank, sometimes an other male cichlid will fertilize the eggs but the male parrot will hang about anyway, leading people to think they have a fertile pair, welcome to our site

Welcome to the site...

R y from India... me to from India....

It is very, very unlikely that any eggs will hatch because male parrots are sterile, if they do ,post again

hey, I'm just starting a new tank which would be a 46 gallon. This is my first time raising Parrot Cichlids which is going to be for the long run till they're full grown. My questions are how many would you recommend for a 46 gallon tank, cause i raised oscars before and i observed as they grew they paired up and got territorial. i was also thinking about putting a school of 6 small fish, any suggestions or just dont put any and can i put a bottom feeder, suggestions???

I had oscars too,and parrots too are territorial, 2 is the max you can put in,dither fish are good for parrots as they are very shy at first and the presence of small fish helps them to feel secure in a new tank, look at blue congos (group of 6 )and I have corys as bottom feeders,they all get on beautifully with my 4 parrots

How big is your aquarium to have four parrots?

60 galls, but Im already thinking of upgrading again(maybe hubby will fork out as an exmas pressie)

can i put aquarium plants in a parrot and cichlids tank ? will they be cut?

different people have had varying success, (not me, my parrots uproot everything), so look for the toughest plants you can, also planted bogwood seems to do ok, add veggies like peas or spinach for you fish to munch on

I tried to put some plants like Cabomba and it succeeded ........ and I will plant a bog wood But i will buy a used one cuz I don't want it to colour the water. THNX for ur advice :)

Dearest Gazoo,

How do you find the patience to put up with your human messing up your tank periodically?

Sadly, Gazoo passed away recently, but he would have said something like this:

"I have learned to take it in stride. After all, it is cheaper than hiring a maid, and the tank smells much better after she gets done with it. And she is better at it than she used to be: she has learned to put all our furniture back in exactly in the same spot so that there are no disputes over who gets what. We hardly ever have to remind her."

I'm so sorry Gazoo passed! But thanks to his educational answers, Wanda's mom is learning something new all the time. :)

We just arrived in our new tank. There are two of us. Can you help tell the person that put us in this tank what we love since we can't tell her? I can see that we have lots of places to hide, which we really love. We also see we share this tank with three danios and we can occasionally see a clown loach. Don't think there will be a problem though since he never comes out. It looks to be a 50 gallon aquarium from what we can see from down here. It looks like she feeds the fish Spectrum Thera since we see the bottle beside the tank. You know what we love to eat so please tell her. Thanks!

live or frozen or dried bloodworm once or twice a week, thawed shelled frozen peas are a must, just a couple (in bits) once or twice a week, cichlid pellets,your clown loach (is he definatly a clown,? needs to be in a group of at least 5, it will be unhappy on his own, and there will be no problem as long as your tank is big enough,dont forget the algea wafer)have you names yet?

Does the shelled frozen peas come in a page just like regular peas we eat for dinner? I will find out if it is a clown loach. That is what I was told but I will definitely confirm this weekend. I have a 46 gallon tank. So far three danios, two parrots and one loach. Just added the parrots yesterday. Should I add more loaches this weekend? Is it possible to add another parrot? There is one that I love at the fish store that needs to fatten up a little bit but I would love to put sold on it and bring it home when it fattens up. The algea wafers, how often do you feed that and how much? Thanks so much!

yes, the frozen peas are in a bag, find out if it is a clown loach,yes add another 2 or three but dont forget they can grow big, you may have to move them on if they grow too big, you cant add another parrot ,sorry, feed one algea wafer 2 times a weekand(for 3 fish) give at night as they are night feeders,

Should I just rotate the food that I go from blood worms one day to frozen peas the next to cichlid pellets the next to the algae wafers the next and just keep rotating that? Would you have a recommendation as to what I should start with? They seem to be happy. They have found their hiding places already. WOW!!!!! My second loach just appeared. I haven't seen him for a week now. That just happened as I was writing this. I didn't kill him after all. Whew! What a relief!!!!!

doesent matter, as long as they get a varied diet within a week, one wafer once a week for 2 loach should be fine, they eat all the other stuff as well, told you he might still be in there,

I just came back from the fish store and gave the fish 1/2 a cube of frozen bloodworms - thawed. The danios ate it up so fast and the clown loaches scarfed up what was left on the bottom so quickly I fear the parrots didn't have a chance to get anything to eat. I got some Red parrot foot and the algae wafers. Should I feed anything else or wait until tomorrow?

I haven't been able to see them long enough to figure out who is who yet. Anybody have any suggestions for my two new ones?

i've read that the clown has got to be with at least 4-5 others or it will die.....

In one of my tanks I have 2 parrots one of them laid eggs yesterday. I know that the parrot male is sterile. the only tankmate for them is a firemouth cichlid and i don't know if it's male.So is it useless? can't i do anything to make these eggs hatch?

if the firemouth is male, there is a chance that he could fertilize (or has fertilized)the eggs, but only a slight chance

How have you come to terms with your sterility?Are you in a support group?

Man, that is messed up guys.

hi ive got 2 parrots about 2 inches long...one blue and one pink.the colours are realy vivid.anyway,they hid for a day or so which is prety normal i think.they are eating fine maybe 5 or 6 grains of very small micro pellet grains.the blue one has just started to lay on its side for about 20 minutes at a time...swims about in full view for 5 mins or so then goes not fully flat to the bottom of the tank but about 33 degrees the fins dont move that much and its breathing is quite slow(gill movements)it has made a bit of a dint in the quite small gravel i have in the tank (about 3 inches deep)i am using an under gravel filter.the pink one doesnt do this...it hides yes...but doesnt go on its side.can you keep these fish without putting chemicals in the tank?now the reason i am asking this is not through cruelty...no.if they need chemicals i will give them chemicals to keep them happy and healthy.the reason i say this is because i have been keeping cold water goldfish type..ye know shebumkins,comets hybrids.now the last time i had tropical fish i added some tap safe/water safe/aqua salt and the fish died.i live in the northwest of england.any help welcome.my tank is 2 ft and has 2 fish in it.24 inches by 12 by 15.now if i add any chemicals to my tank now will it kill these fish.there are no chemicals in my tank and it was set up for 3 months with all filters and air working.thanks.p.s the coldwater fish ive been keeping for 10 years with an ocasional loss every 4 or 5 years.parrot tank temp 74.

so i have one bpc, Goober. I've had him for like a month and the woman at my pet store did a water test and told me we were good to go to add him a tank mate. So i got one more bpc, Sissy. So since Goober was a month or so older he was already bigger than Sissy and showing her who's boss. i knew that the fighting stage wouldn't last so i just created some barriers in the tank and plenty of hiding spaces for them. My concern is that towards the introduction period of Sissy (actually a few days before) Goober was turning black from the water cycling. I went along with what the pet store said and put Sissy in anyways and she turned black within a day. She's just been sitting under the airstone. i got worried so i did a 20% water change and added salt to calm down any stress. It's been one week now since i bought Sissy, (5 weeks with the Goob and new tank) Goober is almost all the way orange again (hardy fish) but Sissy still looks like dirty little fish. Did i put her in too soon? is she going to be able to handle the remainder of the cylcing? will i need to put her in a different tank? more water changes?

help?

thanks

Andy

Gazoo,
How do I change my handle ?

I HAVE TWO PARROT FISH IN A TANK ANT THEY HAVE RECENTLY STARTED FIGHTING AND WONT STOP, NOT EVEN WHEN I FEED THEM. THEY ARE STARTING TO GET SCARS FROM THEM PECKING AT EACHOTHER AND TRYING TO LOCK JAWS. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY THIS IS HAPPENING AND WHAT I SHOULD DO. THEYVE BEEN IN THE TANK TOGETHER FOR MONTHS AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A PROBLEM, ITS ONLY THE PAST FEW DAYS...

HELP !!

can i feed the bp boiled peas.??

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