There's Never-Enough Filtration... But It's Nothing Without Water-Flow!

I just learned a hard lesson or two... and my babies suffered during it because of my stupid ego. 

It goes like this:

During a water-change few weeks back, I decided it was time to singularly unitize my 40-gal's filtration into one large container. With it on-hand (API XP4), I eliminated the the two smaller ones setup in-series (XP2->XP3) and also rang-out the sponge media on the inlet tube. With part of the sponge media gone from within the previous canister setup, I thought everything would be fine... Or so I thought. 


Parrot Cichlids Make the BIG SCREEN!

The other night, I found myself bored... And typically in being so, I fliped-around on cable until I sa a title that caught my interest: "Blackhat" (2015) - A tale of an American prison-released hacker helping to track cyber-criminals in China via a joint effort between the two countries. Anyway... About an hour in, right in the middle of a foot-chase scene, they cut to a close-up shot of a fishtank... And what to my surprise do I spot? A small, mature (female?) Blood-Parrot Cichlid...


Worried about severe color change

Has been hanging out by heater almost constantly for the past three days. Body has Turned deep dark orange while nose area and fins have stayed regular orange.  I usually don't worry about color change but this is very drastic and didn't want to eat this morning.  Mood hasn't seemed to change and is still quite lively.  Anyone know if I should be concerned?  I've treated for ich twice and constipation once in the past 18 months.  If there is a problem I'd like to get ahead of it  thank you for any comments check out picture to show the drastic two color change.


2 parrot cichlids need help


I recently went to a restaurant where they had two huge parrot cichlids in a 30 gallon tank. This tank seemed way to small for them to begin with but now the restaurant has changed owners and the poor fish only have a little more than half the water left in their tank.  I asked them if they would give up the fish but they said no. Is there anything I can do? Anyone I can call? I feel bad for those fish.  




Red tube hanging out

My blood parrot cichlid has had this red tube hanging out for about 5 days. In the past it has usually gone away on its own but this time it only seems to be getting worse. I am not sure what to do and I am really concerned. The fish tank is 40 gallons and there is only one other fish in the tank, the algae eater. 


HELP NEEDED Poorly fish....

Please see attached picture has anyone ever encountered this we have no idea what it is? ?



True parrot cichlids

I am a new member. I am not a new fish keeper. I am looking for true parrot cichlids, not hybrids for purchase.

Need help determining gender


Hi All I am new to the group. I am hoping one of the experts here can tell me by looking at the vent what my parrot is. Can someone also clarify do both genders dig? Or is it only males that do? 



Neon Tetras: A Live-Feed Alternative for Your Blood-Parrot(?)

Let me begin with the following truth: I keep a community tank, and it's partially made-up of Angelfish. I originally had seven Blood Parrots in it but was forced to remove six--Four relocated to smaller tank, two juvies given-away--for sake of water quality. 


Crash-Starting a Tank & Setting-up a Aqua-Clear HOB For Best Results

Recently, I was forced to restart a tank that sat dormant & pretty-much dry for two months. Being short on time, I followed some advice on YouTube & made a few changes of my own to the effort with great success, as within one week I had crystal-clear water... And have ever since! Doing so went as follows:



Ok, I am new at large aquariums and very new with RPC but can any one please tell me what it means to have snags in my tank? I have tried looking it up but I can not find anything just that I should have them in my tank. Thanks, can't wait to find out.

New Mom!

Hello I am new on Parrot cichlid . Com and a new mom to 2 beautiful funny Blood Parrots, Mr Lipid and Barney. Barney the smallest is in a 55 gal and because of bad behavior Mr Lipid is is 30 he is only about 3-4 in so he seems to be happy. I am having a bit of trouble getting Barney to eat and I have tried all kinds of food pellets,flakes and frozen. He does eat some but not the appetite Mr lipid has. Any help would be greatly welcomed. Thanks Mikekay2

Why are why Blood Parrots now terrified of me...?

I have two mating young couples in a 20-gal.

Hasn't eaten for days

usually a pig!  Just finished week long treatment for ich.  Water at constant 86. Very active tries to eat bit spits back out. Hasn't eaten in over three days for sure. Very worried. Have tried pellets, flakes, dried shrimp, and peas. Help


Sick Parrot

I have a 7/8 year old Parrot fish that has just recently developed a reddish lump on the side of it's face.

The aquarium parameters are al within the acceptable range.

The aquarium is approx 300 gallons and is set up with a continious water chage system.

I have moved the fish into a hospital tank and applied General Cure for now.

I am attaching a pic of the lump. Is this something that is curable?

Best Tank Mates


Swim Bladder / Peas?

Our big BP appears to be swimming oddly & I read something about giving them some kind of a pea. Recommendations & where do I get it (them)? Thanks. 

Orange clay pots?

I've seen pictures of aquariums with orange clay pots in them. Are they safe for aquarium use? Our large BP is digging in his new 55 gallon tank & the pet store mentioned it was because he doesn't feel like he has his own area. I'm considering buying a clay pot & setting it in the aquarium for him. Suggestions? Advice? Thank you. 



So, this is the second, maybe third time i have made one of these posts. But i am back, i dont know if any of you guys remember me but i used to post on here basically daily. If any of you guys are still on here (Chris, Neiko, Bronco) let me know, i would love to catch up and talk fish again sometime :P

Please help

I've had parrot chichlids for 10 years and my last buddy just passed away so I got two new ones. They are fighting like crazy? I even tried to feed them to distract them and they don't care. My tank already has plenty of hiding spaces but it appears that neither will back down. Any suggestions?



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