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my parrot fish is laying on the bottom of the tank, never has done this before. only moves when we feed him. I do not want him to die.


Do a 50% water change. Check to see if they have any symptoms of sickness.

What are your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates? Sounds like poor water conditions which can lead to disease. How old is your tank? Is it still cycling?

Do your water change as Chrisplosion suggested asap.

Do you feed thawed, shelled Peas to your BP? This helps digestion and helps prevent constipation. If you don't you should do it now. He could be Constipated. This can be serious with a BP.
Check your BP closely from top to bottom, just in case there could be a clue. Something that has not been there before etc.
Do you have other fish with it? What size is the Tank?
Too much info is better than not enough.
Good luck

BPs, Discs, Angel fish, Monos, mainly the narrow fish shaped more like saucer tend to lay on the bottom when something is not right, more than most normal shaped fish. They often come out of it.
Below are a list of common reasons a fish would do as yours.
Most can be ruled out.

Cancer or tuberculosis in organs adjacent to the swim bladder.
Poor nutrition.
Chilling or rapid fluctuations in temperature.
Serious parasitic infestation.
Serious bacterial infestation.

Your water certainly can cause problems. I agree with checking the levels as Peanut said. Correct water levels are necessary and could cause this.

However, I am more conservative when it comes to the amount of water per change. It may be just me, but I am not big at making major changes on a sick fish, too quickly, unless there is no other choice. 1/3 is a good change for me in one day.
You might want to put Your BP in a small hospital tank to do this. If you do, use mostly the original tank water in the hospital tank. You can change the water much easily in a small tank. The big tank will still need it also.
You will need to raise the temp to just above 80 degrees. (Watch closely as aquarium heaters are not the best at being exact when changing temps.
If you don't know how to set up a hospital tank and change to it, ask, this is very important.
I think aquarium salt would be beneficial to you BP. Salt serves as a general tonic and stress reducer for freshwater fish. During disease and stress, healthy gill function of fish is disturbed. This can lead to the loss of electrolytes through the gills (sometimes called osmotic shock), reducing the intake of oxygen and release of carbon dioxide. Freshwater Aquarium Salt replenishes natural electrolytes and promotes healthy gill function. Temporarily blocks the toxic effects of nitrite to freshwater fish until water quality improves. It will not change pH. but should not be used as a substitute for marine aquarium salt. 1 Tbsp for every 5 gallons of water. (This amount is from the aquarium salt box)

I think if you don't find any problems such as bacterial infection, parasites, fungus etc. Your fish is most likely out of sorts for some reason. Number 2 on the list for fish to lay on the bottom is constipation. So hopefully, doing the above, might bring your BP out of it.

As far as the amount of water to be changed, This is my opinion and we probably all have a little different. I don't know that it would hurt to do more. If you change a third, (if you aren't already doing changes regularly and if your levels are fine.) You can always do more the next day. I feel it is less of a shock.

(Don't change your tank if your water is fine and changed regularly)

If you don't have a small tank, you can raise the temp and do salt in the tank he is in. (after checking your water, and doing what you need too.)

If you see anything different, let us know.
How long have you had your BP and how old is it?

thanks for everyones input i tried the peas and they he wouldnt eat them, he wont even eat his regular food, today. I also did the 50 % water change and still no luck.. Im not sure what i need to check the ammonia level, is it the same way you check the pH. My BP is 4 years old...

u need to get an ammonia testing kit. thats important to have. bps can tolorate fairly high ph,but not ammonia

To check your ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates, water softness and Ph, most pet stores that have fish carry dip strips that are simple to use. They are usually adequate. You can also get test kits that have tubes for your water, you add drops for each type and they give you a more exact levels.
If you changed 1/2 your water, I think you may need to do some water repair. To much, to fast can be hard on fish. If your water levels were changed a large amount with the change, this could be a problem. As I said earlier, I would rather go slowly when you have an already sick fish as you do. Too much change could put it in shock.
It would be a good idea to help the water get back to healthy by adding a few things.
Something like Cycle
Concentrated bacterial formulation rapidly matures new aquariums. Carefully selected strains of beneficial bacteria, including Nitrosomonas and Nitrobacter, actively reduce both ammonia and nitrite to prevent fish loss. Also enhances existing biological filters for optimum filter performance to achieve ideal water quality, naturally

I use this after every weekly water change. No where near !/2 tank.

Next do you have a vitamin for your BP? I have used several types, they do help with stamina and health.
One like this is good (fosterandsmithaquatics)
* Concentrated vitamin solution for fish and other aquarium inhabitants
* Easily absorbed liquid supplement ensures full nutritional benefits
* Fills in nutritional gaps to fortify marine and freshwater diets
* New improved formula - now 10 times more concentrated

Revolutionary water and tissue soluble vitamin formula designed for aquatic plants and animals. Vita-Chem provides vitamins in a biologically usable form so your aquarium inhabitants receive their full nutritional benefits for optimum health. Brings out intense natural colors of fish, increases growth, restores natural vitality of fish, helps increase resistance to disease, and more. Vita-Chem is also great for fin regeneration and preventing lateral line disease. It's the most effective concentrated environmental vitamin offered to the aquarium trade. Contains over 30 naturally occurring extracts bonded with amino acids and provides more active Vitamin C than any other fish vitamin. Use directly in the aquarium or add several drops to fortify dry, frozen, or live foods. Use 2 drops per gallon once a week and several drops on food five times a week.

Benefits of Vita-Chem:

Reverses and cures lateral line disease
Brings out intense natural colors of fish
Great for fin regeneration
Increases growth
Restores natural vitality of fish
Restores appetite
Helps increase resistance to disease
Stimulates natural mating and breeding instincts in aquariums

You can put it in your fishes water and it will still get benefits.

It is a shame your fish is not eating at this time. It still could be constipation.
There are still ways we can try to help it. Watch carefully to see if it has bowel movements.

We really need more about your fish. With it's age, assuming you have had it, this makes you think it should not have a new disease. Unless you have added a new fish or plants, snails or anything that could have exposed it to something.

Placing your fish in a hospital tank and adding aquarium salt and raising the temp to 82 (slowly) are very important. You will see how to do this above in another comment. It needs this even if you do your tank it is in.

Can you take close pictures of your fish? Maybe someone would see something you didn't.

If your BP continues to be sick, it may develop secondary infections so keep an eye on it for anything unusual.
Take it easy on water changes, get the test strip before you do more. Then do it in twenty to twenty five per cent over days. After fifty per cent, it may not need more immediatley.

i agree w/ nostagia. do water changes, but not to big. dont want to stress sick fish out more. just do them often and check ur levels.