Blood red parrot fish is getting black spots and steaks. Just started yesterday, still eating and swimming great and seems fine. Other parrot fish is fine as well. Just did a partial water change today. Any suggestions?
You should give them enough hiding space. see google images for idea.
They have plenty of hiding spaces. Why would that affect black spots and streaks?
Have you tested your water parameters? Black is usually indicative of ammonia burns.
I have 9 blood parrots, I have had them for years. I can tell you that my parrots have developed black spots on them for a number of reasons, one of them is they are afraid, if they are having trouble adjusting they can sometimes develop these black spots too. They can also just get them for NO reason at all. Then they go away just as fast.
Blood parrots are such a awesome fish, you never know what to expect with them. I love to sit close to the tank with my face up close, they come and play all sorts of games with me. They also LOVE toys, I use a tiny ball for mine to play with, they love it. You really have to keep these fish entertained, they are so much more interested in what is going on outside of the tank, more so than the inside. All I can say is have fun with them, you will get a laugh a day with them.
The black spots and streaks can occur under periods of stress or illness. I have a pair of blood parrot cichlids and one in particular gets black markings periodically. The first time accompanied a fungal infection. Treatment eradicated both the fungas and the black marks. Most recently, it has had a black streak in its tail, nearly 3/4 inch long. Both parrots were moved from a 40 gallon to a 75 gallon tank, and the streak appeared right afterward. It's been a couple weeks and its still there, so not sure what the fish is still uptight about! But it spends most of its time in a cavernous rock fixture in the tank. I should note it is blind in one of its eyes due to a run in with an aquarium decoration when it was young. The other parrot chases it out during feeding time and leads it to food pellets or whatever is on the menu.
Do watch for any signs of illness like fungus-adherent creamy white discharge on different areas of the body, and treat that.
It seems you know a ton about parrot fish. I have had my Bruce for about 5 years now and he (in the last few months) has changed colors from orange to white. Any ideas why? I also came home from work today and his water to me was hot. What temperature do you keep your tank at? I would greatly appreciate it if you could help me
This happens usually due to the fact that they are artificially colored. Their color can come back though.
Make sure you give them plenty of hiding spots and make sure you test you water parameter, I recommend you do a 35% water change and keep us updated!
Hope this helps!
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Oh, my bad
Thanks got the info!
My parrot fish also getting black please tell me how to cure it
Hi sudharsanna start a new post by clicking ask, and you'll get lots of help, people won't post on a thread that's a year old
Black spots and streaks on a Blood Parrot Cichlid indicate that the fish is feeling stress. The more spotting and streaking the higher level of stress. To calm him turn off the lights and keep the area around the tank quiet. If the tank is in a high traffic area drape a towel or sheet over it. Loud non consistent noises that surprise these fish can cause them to slam anxiously into the glass and equipment/decorations in the tank causing severe injury. Some BPC are more nervous than others. Many aqaurists remove decorations to be able to view these timid fish however that creates a more nervous pet. Provide caves or extremely dense plantings for him/them to seek shelter when they desire. Soon you will have a more confident BPC. Hope this helps.
Well, it seems I'll be getting that hollow-log decor I saw... As for now, little Enzo--the little red cherry of a BPC I just got--will be spending time in the quarantine tank. Poor fella just kept getting bullied by the older BPC's in my tank--one 1st-gen, two 2nd-gen--every time he came into the open... End's-up spending most of it's time hiding behind one of many plants placed in the corner, hoping of a chance to swim out & maybe get some food.
(Sigh) Maybe I'll just get him a small tank of his own, with some nice centrally located decor to encourage him to swim in circles.
Hi cindie I have one new young blood parrot and I wanted to know a good ball or any toy I could use
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I've seen those plastic "fill-as-you-will" Easter-eggs used as tank toys on YouTube... And I occasionally put one of those light-up bath-time floating pucks in with the main lighting off, just for personal relaxation. You can find both at your local Walmart, if there is any near you.
Sad news: Enzo lost some of his color when a water change went a little too-roughly... He passed a short time later. Shame it is, as I just got a ceramic cave/platform shaped for corner placement. At-least the older ones will get use of it, especially since I moved the big-bully into the quarantine to be with all the other juvies.