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My parrot fish!

My parrot was laying on the bottom of his tank today.  He is a yellow parrot with a black spot on top of his head.  I don't know what kind he is.  He is rubbing his sides on the rocks and cave.  I have him in a 5 gallon tank because in my 55 gallon tank he was being bullied and his fins were getting damaged by them.  He is a very small parrot.  He is all healed now from the bully attack.  I did a partial water change now he is sitting up but I noticed his back fin is locked together and he is not using his side fins they are tucked into his body. I figured the amonia was high because this tank was not cycled at all.  I also added a bit of salt to help him heal made sure it was the correct amount and followed the directions properly.  I conditioned the water when I changed it also.  Is there anything else I can do for him?  I am very worried about him not using his fins.


Also I forgot to add he is alone in his tank and I noticed he can't seem to handle the current from the water filter. He is staying underneath the plastic plant and can't seem to make it more than half way up the tank when feed because of the current.

what size tank did he come out of and with what kind of fish? also how big is he and the other fish? did the black spot just appear or was it always there? to much info is always better than not enough. all this stuff can b important :)

He came out of a tank at Petco which is small probably like 10 gallons. I brought him home and put him in a 55 gallon tank. I have two other parrots in there and some other African's. I woke up the next day and I saw they were all ganging up on him in a circle. All but the other parrot fish I should say. He was barely able to swim when I took him out his fins were all shredded but he seemed to be doing ok. I only had a 5 gallon tank in my house which I had never used. It was totally uncycled. He is a small parrot not like my other ones probably maybe inch and a half long by a inch tall. He is the only fish in the tank. I was hoping to get him healed and let him grow a little because my other fish are like twice his size and bigger. What concerns me is that my other parrot fish are active have their fins up high and just look happy. This one he lays on his side and is rubbing up against the rocks and small cave I have in with him. His side fins are tucked into his body and his top fin in down and the back fin is locked into a point. He has been in the tank over a week and was doing well before today. His fins were even healed. I did a partial water change and he began to swim around but went back and laid on his side. He did have the black spot on him when I got him and nothing black is spreading the mark is still the same size. I also see no spots on his body like ick.

well i should say that parrots and africans dont always get along 4 this reason. and im sorry ur tank was uncycled, but maybe u could take some water from ur cycled tank and put it in the 5 gallon. then i would say to raise the temp 4 him to about 82-85 then add some aquarium salt, that always helps. and aids against certain diseases. then feed him shelled peas for digestion. the black spot is most likely due to stress and bullying. keep doing water changes too.

my poor little guy started doing the same thing rubbing aginst objects in the tank then i noticed little specks of white all over him, for a while i thought i was going to lose him but he is a hardy fish!! he is back to swiming again still has the spots so is still getting meds. check yours for white spots and treat right away! also add some aquarium salt

the black most likely to be because he was stressed,(if its appeared since you got him) prob from being bullied, its likely he has ich because he was vulnerable and thats often when ich gets a hold,, watch for salt like spots, and your tank should have been cycled, how is he today?

Today he is leaning up against his castle upright his fins are still down and back one is still at a point. He only swims to get food and spits it back out now. He seems to be doing a bit better but still does not look happy or healthy. He has had the black spot since I got him on top of his head. His fins have a darkish shadow mixed with the yellow. I have not noticed any growth of black and is staying same size. I also do not see any white spots or salt shaker look like with ick. His body looks normal. I am totally puzzled.

I seem to be saying this to everyone online today! :D Could your BP be constipated? This seems to be a problem with BPs. Or aquarium fish in general.
Do you feed thawed., Shelled peas to your BPs? You would need to chop them for the small BPs. BPs are known to lay on their sides when they are constipated. Of course it could be something else, but this would be the first thought. If your fish won't eat the peas, there are other things to do. Watch your fish and see if it does have bowel movements.

I read you added a bit of salt. Since I am not sure how much that is, I will add this.
I think aquarium salt would be beneficial to you BP. You will need to raise the temp to 82 degrees. (Watch closely as aquarium heaters are not the best at being exact when changing temps.
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 (from the box, instuctions)

I am not sure what conditioned the tank means.
Something like Cycle would help age the tank and make it better for your BP,.
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

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
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

Keep an eye on your BP for any other signs that could be a secondary infection.
Good Luck


Bandit is doing much better now. Complete turn around. The thing is he wouldn't eat the peas they just sat in the tank and ended up stuck to the filter tube. He had no intrest. Is there anything else I could give him in place of the peas? Thanks! Carolyn.

try again, dont feed for a day, make sure they are thawed and take the shells off,nip the pea into 1/4 and drop a bit at a time, most parrots love peas, its maybe just cause its a new thing for him,

Thank you for all of ur posts. I got some really good advise on here and after a day of following them my parrot fish Bandit is doing really well. Wish I could post a picture complete turn around. I found him one morning laying on his side barely alive. I added salt, I did notice some ick on him and got the treatment in the tank. Later that night he was sitting up on his own by morning he was swimming. I lowered temp back to normal and he is swimming with fins up high and is very active. Complete turn around! Thanking whoever made this site. It took a lot of hard work but Bandit lived!

yeah!!!!! good news!!!!

That's what we like to hear!
I don't think I would turn down the temp this soon. It takes a little time to get completley over these things. BPs like a warm tank, so 82 degrees is not going to hurt him. Mine likes to be on the about 78 degrees. If she gets cooler you can tell, she is not as playful, or colorful.
The salt is good too, ick cycles. You have to get the whole cycle. Salt and higher temp should help you sail through without problems.
Be aware, after ick some fish develop a secondary problem. Just keep a close eye on him. Hopefully you won't have a problem.
If you see any change, get bact to the people on this site. Sooner is always better.
Hope Bandit lives long and well!