PH Levels and Amonia

I was wondering if someone could help me out on what my ph, Ammonia should be. I will be getting a jelly bean parrot and just a Orange parrot chihild I am new to all of this and would like to know what all my levels should be at to keep them healthy. I have had my tank up now for a few days, no fish just cycling it for now


This is my 1st Parrot cichlid and I made the mistake of putting him in with an African cichlid. The parrot was bigger and the other cichlid was used to being the small fish in the tank so I thought it would work. I was wrong but I have gotten my parrot cichlid a brand new 56 gal tank. I am planning on getting him some tank mates or dither fish but I want to be sure that no one gets beat up again. Should I wait to get some more fish to let my parrot fish get acclimated? If not, what others should I be looking into?


this isn't about parrots

one of my male africans, an elongatus, was so obsessed with breeding that he has probably killed the female. she just released her fry like a week ago and she has had three straight batches of fry. she wasn't ready so he chewed off her face. she is in my hospital tank, but i don't have much hope. when i added salt she freaked and swam around all crazy as it burned. hopefully i can save her. she looks horrible right now, kind of like a zombie. it makes me want to feed that male to my daughter's cat.

rescue fish

I help to assist children to read at my local school and they had a fish in a small dirty algae covered tank no filter or air-stones, so dirty and neglected that you couldn't see the fish at all in the dead plants, no one took any notice of it and dropped a feeding block in now and again, well, what would you do?, when they all went out for dinner and the teacher went to the staff room ,I scooped it out in a crayon tupperware box and took it home and now my friend has it! I told them it had died! Im normally such a honest person and I don't regret it one bit!


My new tank looks good, pity Im here in England (am I the only Brit here?) as I have taken out decor and driftwood and have a big piece of brain coral, all free, will post pics once old filter is out,the trickle filter is great, I can change it without getter my fingers wet and no priming, the front corners are rounded, no seals, nice to see the fish, but now in their new tank I notice a little group of four tiny fish which although all different are schooling together, Im going to have to get a few more of each to make them all happy!


I have a big five inch plus orange jellybean parrot cichlid in a thirty gallon long tank with one rainbow shark and one common pleco. I now this is small but the aquarium is on the second floor . Anyway my parrot cichlid has always liked to hide but is now to big. I bout a cool cave at petsmart yesterday but the cave is to small. I have driftwood a log cave for my shark and a rock formation thing for my pleco but the my parrot cichlid named fred has none any advice on parrot cichlid decor thanks FREDDYBOY?

Red inflammation at one of the nares

I have a large beautiful Parrot fish in a 42 gal aquarium. Over the past few weeks, he has developed a bright red excrescence on one of his nares. His activity and feeding patterns are normal for him, tho his color paled for a few days and is now back again. I have added salt and Melaluca solution to the water, but this ? tumor ? inflammation continues to get worse. Any ideas ?


Tank Help

My BPs tank is a mess! I have two fish in a 20 gallon tank, not a lot of decor, no gravel. I have a 50 gallon filter with a biowheel that runs fine but within a week the tank is totally disgusting. A lite brown film coating everything. It is not algae, the tank is not in direct sunlight and I only leave the light on 8 hours a day. I test the water regularly and the ammonia and pH levels are normal. I have friends who clean their fishtanks every other month. I'm having to do a major cleaning every week! Does anyone have any suggestions?


today is water change day. i slacked off and went a whole week without doing any so my work is cut out for me. i have to change six tanks at 50% and vacuum 20 square feet of gravel. i had to work 7 days straight so i was too lazy when i got home to do a mid week change like i normally do. i will have to get back on schedule to doing one every 4 days. big fish make alot of waste, and i have alot of them.

My BP died.

One of my BP died yesterday night. I don't know how and why. There were no signs of any disease... black or white spots. I just did a 100% water change yesterday

Could a pair of smaller yellow parrots which are more aggressive than my BP be the cause of this? The yellow parrots move very fast and aggressively in the tank. I don't think my ghost knife fish did something because they are way to small for the parrot and there are no marks on the parrots body...

What happened.



sunny is a fish with alot of personality. he is very aggressive, but he is also very playful. he chases all my fish at different times and he will chase me while i am cleaning the tank. it is funny when i forget about him and get really into cleaning. he will sneak up, attack me and sometimes he really startles me. if he could close his mouth, he would probably have to be kept by himself, because he is mean. if he corners someone like other fish or humans, he rams them. my wife didn't believe me until he finally did it to her. i was kind of upset when we got him.

Repairing a leak

I have the opportunity to get a free 35 gallon tank with all the stuff and a stand from someone I work with. She says it has a "very small leak" that her husband says should be easy to repair. I checked online and it seems like it will be easy. Has anyone ever had to do this? Any input about your experiences would be helpful. Thanks friends.

OMG! Never again

Well, today was moving day (for the parrots, that is) most of the day Iv been at it,including TWO trips to the LFS for new bits,new filter wouldn't work for a while( Id sucked up gravel while positioning it) cat chewed the airline in half while I wasn't looking and my back is killing me, Iv just opened a bottle of wine and intend to drink it all while I wait for pain killers to kick in, however ,from my position on the sofa (couch) from which I have no intention of leaving until bedtime, I can see two happy parrots swimming about in the LED underwater illuminated tank(glad something has e


I saw a link about maps sometime back. Am not able to locate the link anymore.

Can anyone help me as I would like to update my location in the map.


Update on Breeding Pair of Jellybeans

I posted about a month ago that I have gotten a pair of breeding jellybeans from a lady that had been selling the babies from them. I tried setting up my tank as close to her's as possible, but they have laid eggs 3 times but never hatched.

After all this, I was wondering if a could add a pure convict. Should I get just another male or pair? Any advice please?



Ode to misinformation.

I trusted a Salesman. For shame.


egg advice

Today i noticed that my bps are not leaving a certain area in the tank. upon further investigation i discoverd that they have laid eggs on the bubble maker thing. i have two tiger oscars in the tank with them what should i do? and how long is it before the eggs hatch?

Daffodil Brichardi

I am wondering how aggressive these fish are. I have four BP's about an inch n half, 2 yellow labs ( 1 1/2") and the daffodil's are also about 1 1/2". I guy as work want's to give them to me.


egg bound?

I am almost sure baby has laid eggs (again) although I cant spot them, but I think she may have one"stuck" for the last two days,although its just possible that what i am seeing is the ovipositor which is retracting and whiter than usual, she wont stay still long enough for me to have a proper look, she isn't eating much but she never does if she is defending eggs, and otherwise is swimming and acting normally, is there anything I should do, Iv given extra roughage but should I not feed for a day or so, up to now Im happy to watch and hope shell pass it or reabsorb it, I havent got a spare

where are you?

Quick poll, every morning when I get up there's been a load of postings overnight and when Im online Im on my own, I know we have a map but roughly, wheres everyone from? Im Northern England,UK


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