Hi. I'm new to the Blood Parrot forum but not new to fishkeeping. Have an issue I am hoping you can help with.
I have 2 blood parrots in my 90 gal (with an ebjd, a gold sev, a juru, a royal pleco and 7 male congo tetras. Heavily stocked I know but I have 2 cannisters, each rated for 175 gal and I do weekly 50% W/C's. Nitrates never get above 15 - 20.
My issue is that one of my BP's is a little younger than the other but both are around 2 years old. One, however, is much smaller than the other one and I suspect it's because she's not eating as much. The small BP has a very tiny mouth. I've seen her attempt to locate floating flakes but she seems to be unable to line herself up successfully to take them in.
I attempt to feed the little one by hand every day now. I pinch several large flakes between my fingers and lower them into the water. She always comes right to me but even with this method, she has difficulty. I also feed super soft sinking spirulina pellets, soft shrimp pellets daily with the flakes and one day a week they get frozen brine shrimp and another day each week they get frozen blood worms.
I've even though of trying to sequester her in a large breeding net at feeding time and feed her separately, hoping that if she didn't have to compete with the other piggies and could take her time, she might do better. But I'm afraid I'd upset her too much so haven't tried that. I do use a small net to 'herd' the sev and the other BP away from the flakes so she has more time to get to them but that's not alway successful.
Does anyone here have this particular problem and if so, do you have any tips on successful feeding?
Thanks so much