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parrot fish starting to turn black

ok..i have had my parrot for about a month and then now hes starting to have these black streaks on his fins and spots on his nose...he seriously looks like hes been rolling around in dirt. why is he changin colors like that? is it a bad thing? and why arnt my other parrots and convicts doing it?



Check water and make sure it is clean also sign of stress or maybe spawning. Read other articles. Very common when water needs changing.

Just make sure your water quality is good. Sometimes if a parrot is a little stressed they will get black streaks or spots, or many times it is part of the color change process. I have one parrot that was changing color and the black would come and go for a while and now it is totally gone and doesn't come back anymore.

Like stated above, the water quality could be an issue. 1 of my parrots, Butters, will get a single black dot on the end of his dorsal fin if my water peramiters change. Once I adjust back to normal, Butters goes back to normal also. My other fish don't's only my yellow parrot that does.

As stated by the other comments, the first thing to check is water quality. The black spots that the parrot fish is getting is only known to happen to parrot fish and they call it "Black spot disease". Get your water tested at your LFS and complete some back to back water changes of about 10% tank capacity. See how that goes and if you see no improvement, try a cycle of Melafix which cured the blackspot disease on my parrots within a week. Hope this helps.

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