how do you think an apple snail would do with 1 parrot?- snail is about the size of a golf ball, maybe tad bit smaller- thanks


black/white corys,

YES! they are still there,eny,meny miny and mo, my black/white corys which blend perfectly into my black/white gravel(BIG MISTAKE) and who haven't been seen since they went in one week ago, made an appearance today, IM THRILLED!!!!!

kirins of the future

i got an awesome pair of flowerhorns last night. one male and one female. i am going to breed the male with my female parrot. he has alot of color, pearls and his flower line looks good. he should make some very nice kirins with junior. she isn't picky at all who she lays eggs for so it should be easy. i got them from a guy on the other site that i go to for 5 dollars each. i have seen very plain looking ones on aquabid for 10 times that and these are beautiful. now i just have to wait for him to mature some more. he is only 3 inches long. i am very excited.

1 bp in a 29 gallon?

is it ok to put 1 parrot in a 29 gallon with other dithers? i don't own any as of now but would like to, and only have room for a 29. if so what would be good dithers? any info is great! thanks!


Hi, I'm new here

My name is Fran. I've been reading your site for about 6 months now. You all seem very nice and you seem to know alot about Parrot Cichlids. I have 3 now myself. They live in a 55 with a few angels, clown loaches, and Bristlenose plecos. We also have tons of live plants and 4 snails. They are all doing great, growing fast, and getting along very well with each other.

220 gallon aquarium

what would be an ideal mix of fish in a newly established 220 gallon tank with 3 or 4 parrots, thanks bob



Has anyone else got a trickle filter?mine takes water out of the tank, runs it along the length at the back of the tank(but inside the hood) where a spray bar along this length,spays it through several mediums then it trickles along to the end where its aerated and pushed back into the tank, really easy to clean, just lift out individual sections of the filter out(means you can clean the filter in sections to avoid any spikes)and its access is separate to the rest of the hood, its meant to be very efficient,but while my tank is cycling I really cant get a proper idea

another parrot?

55gals - 2 parrots, one 5" one 4" ,6 blue congo, 4 tiny corys(somewhere?), top of the range filtration, can I add one small female parrot who has lost her companion and is alone in my friends tank,apart from a discus

water change

I had a 30 gal tank which I did a 25% water change weekly, now I have a 55gal with a trickle filter(came with the tank) plus a full length air curtain and a large round air stone, 2 parrots, 6 blue congos ,a couple of odd tetras and (god knows where) 4 corys, question, once the tank is cycled, Iv been told that I only need to do partical water change monthly unless weekly testing shows a problem, what do you guys think, with a bad back it would be better for me

cory cats

Im thinking of adding a little group of corys to the tank,but Im put off by the thought of a tank full of eggs, how do you guys with corys find that? also does anyone know if one type of cory is hardier than another?

black/ parrots

So, can you tell when looking at a parrot which is orange and black, whether it is black spot or a juvenile just going through its colour change?Would size alone be a clue?

Posting Pictures

[note from PCG: I posted these into your message so you can see how to do it. I copied these from your photobucket page by clicking the "HTML Code" version of the Image Link Code. Then I had to add in one change: width="400" to make it fit in our pages.]



Just wanted to let everyone know that the little parrots I bought from walmart the day before yesterday are doing great. The one that was about 3/4 black is now turning the bright orange he should be. The black is gone from his gills and most of his body but is still very evident on the fins. They seem to have settled in quite well athough the tank is way too small for them (I have them in a 20 gal quarenteen tank). Yesterday I bought them a 48 gal tank but it will take a while to get it set up and cycled so I can put them in it.

Aquarium Salt / Cories

I have always used some aquarium salt in my tank(s). Over the weekend I read online somewhere (and in more than one place) that cory catfish do not tolerate salt well. Doubtful, but I am wondering if they could possibly mean as in a saltwater tank? Has anyone every had a reaction or anything from their cories due to salt - I know some of you have cories because I got them after being recommended here. Anyway, I only use the amount recommended on the container (it's one scoop per 10 gallons, and I think that is about a teaspoon).


I am just wondering

I am just wondering what size tanks everyone has for their parrots, how many you have in a tank and what if any tank mates you have with them

Another Walmart Rescue

I was in town today picking up 2 small aquariums that I was given for free when I thought I would make a quick trip to Walmart to pick up a heater for one of the 15 gal tanks I was given. I promised myself I would not even look at the fish LOl I was minding my own business looking at the heaters when I heard a teenager gush about how cute the red and black fish was but that it looked a little different than her other goldfish. Soooooooooo of course I just had to glance over and it was a blood parrot.

top ten most posted questions? In no particular order!

1) why is my fish turning black?
2)why are my fish hiding?
3) why are they digging?
4)why are they kissing?
5) why are they fighting?
6) are they kissing or fighting
7)how do you tell male from female?
8) what is this tube thing hanging down?
9)theyve laid eggs, why dont they hatch-help?
10)the eggs HAVE hatched, what do I do - help?

welcome to new people

i just wanted to welcome any new people and to let you know that the people on this site are very nice. people who post on here don't try to make you feel bad for not knowing about fish care. we all started without knowing anything and have learned by sharing info. anyone who is trying to get information about their fish and is trying to have the best possible environment for them has come to the right place. some petstores give bad info and sell you too small a tank for your fish. this is the best site for the parrot cichlid. so welcome, and we hope to hear from you.

thank you

i just wanted to thank parrotcichlidgirl for taking care of this site and giving us a good place to share info on our unique fish. there isn't alot of positive info on the internet about our fish and i have learned alot from this site.


One of my parrots has what looks like a mole below his lip? It's fairly black but it doesn't look like it's growing... I had the water tested and it's in good condition. It's a 55 gal with 2 parrots, 6 silver dollar fish and 3 cory catfish... Any ideas?



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