2 years ago #1
Gregg
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Hello, I have had the same two orange parrot fish for at least 6 years and they were "old timers" when I bought them from a fish only store. They have always been the same constant orange color with no fading up 'till today.
Three days ago I added three more non-aggressive small fish(not parrots) from another reputable fish-only store, and the three new fish are doing great.
The two orange parrot fish are faded pale now with spots of their original orange still visible.
The parrots' behavior hasn't changed and they are still eating the same ammount. Please see the pics. Any ideas what the spots or recent fading are from?
My little girls are sad and asking if they are going to die. I'm kinda worried too. Gregg

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2 years ago #2
Darla
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I have a blood parrot fish and I noticed whenever she lays her eggs her color fades like that... to a pale orange. Then she slowly gains her color back. I got her on O.S.I Blood Red Parrot Pellets now and it seems to change her color back quicker. Hope this helps

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2 years ago #3
gregg
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Thanks so much for the quick response. I will get her some Blood Parrot pellets and watch them closely.
I hope it is just that, as she has laid eggs numerous times in the past but I've never seen her turn like this.
Thanks again, Gregg

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2 years ago #4
Darla
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Now my parrot fish looks almost white it takes a few weeks but she will get her color back then lay eggs again and fade etc..... its an ongoing issue lolol

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2 years ago #5
gregg
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Hey thanks again. She still looks bad, but eating very well, so I think she will be alright.
Thanks again, Gregg
what a great website!

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1 month ago #6
Kelsie
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Did you ever find out what was wrong? We just recently adopted 2 blood parrots from petco at which they were both bright orange. When we brought them home they were fine, and seemed to adapt well in the tank. However, just recently we have noticed this same coloration problem. I don't know how old they are. I compared them with the other blood parrots for sale there and they are a pretty good size but I don't believe they are even close to being full grown. They are swimming and eating "new life spectrum pellets" normally, and all the water parameters are perfect. I've read that it's normal for them to change colors but I want to be sure nothing is wrong. Oh and none of the other fish have color problems, just the BPs. Please help! Thank you.

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1 month ago #7
RobosAquaria
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Hello Kelsie,
This is a 2 yr old thread, please refrain from posting on threads 1 yr and over, you'll get better answers if you Ask a new question

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1 month ago #8
Gregg
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Hello Kelsie,
Yea your fish do look very similar to mine when I posted the pictures.
Sadly, my two fish died soon after I posted this question and pictures. I can't remember the specifics, but I believe it was due to an overly aggressive water change and cleaning of the tank. Too clean.
Plus the fact that I think I forgot to treat the water with a conditioner. Tragic carelessness on my part. I estimate mine were close to 9 years old.
Make sure that you add water conditioner everytime and make sure the new water temp is close to existing temp, and don't clean any sponge filters under tap water, use some tank water. I think all my errors along with me killing off the benificial bacteria in the sponges lead to them not able to recover. Sorry I couldn't be much more help.
Gregg

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