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Cichlid Hoplarchus psittacus (FRY GIVE AWAY)      4/11/14
True Parrot Cichlid Care
Greetings WetWebMedia Crew, Thanks once again for the help and the awesome site. I've recently been given some true parrot(Hoplarchus psittacus) Cichlid fry, almost two inches in length and not showing their true colors. These fish are locally raised and seem very healthy(although I haven't met breeder directly) I have them quarantining in a 20g tank at the moment. I know these fish prefer darker soft water. Unfortunately my current tanks and water source are the opposite. Eventually I was planning to add these guys to a 250g species tank. I could soften my water some what if needed but what do you think would be the negative consequences of raising these guys in hard water with a pH of 8.1?
< No problem. I have raised these guys for years in those conditions.>
Also, I heard these fish grow slowly. What size could these fish under ideal conditions grow to within a year?
< It takes about 2 years for these guys to get full size (12-14 ")
Could you give me an approx. spawning age?
( Right around 2 yrs they should be ready to go. Sometimes it takes a few years to get going.-Chuck>
Have a great day and thanks Brandon

pink parrot fish, comp., stkg./sel.   4/22/13
I have a pair of pink parrot fish in a 40 gal. tank.
1 is half a inch bigger than the other. Sizes are about 4-4.5 inches. The smaller fish has turned a bright pink and has been hiding behind a castle for 2 days.
<Likely being bullied by the larger>
 Every so often he leaves his hiding place. Mostly stays hidden. This morning did not eat the pellets I usually give. This evening tried feeding again, and did eat 2 pellets. Went to go test water and everything was fine.
There are no spots or anything indicating that there is anything physically wrong. The bigger parrot has been poking the smaller parrot from behind.
Noticed earlier the pair was lying on the tank floor like nothing was wrong! A few hours later it went back to its hiding spot. I've had them both for about 3 months and were bought from the same place. Even got them from the same tank. Very worried . Please help! Thank you:
mermaid 33
<I'd look into a third fish, or perhaps a group of ditherfish... The dynamic you're establishing isn't going to work for these two alone. Bob Fenner>

purple rose queen VS. jelly bean cichlid....     7/15/12
I saw from the link below that Melinda answered someone's question about the Jelly Bean Cichlid.  Melinda said that they are DYED.
<Some are indeed>
 I was wondering if the same practice is done to Purple Rose Queen Cichlids ??
 The reason I ask is because they are as beautiful and intensely colored as the Jelly Bean....
Are the Purple Rose Queen Cichlids more aggressive or less aggressive than the Jelly Bean Cichlids?
<They're about the same... some individuals of both more so than others>
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>

Conscientious Aquarist Magazine, & Cichlid input   8/21/06 Hi Mr. Fenner, <Denise> I  am a member of SWAM, Salt Water Addicts of Maine.  I have  a member asking if this magazine is available in print. <Mmm, nope> If so, how can our club apply for a subscription? <Just link to us/it> Also is there  a program where our club will receive a portion of the subscription funds? <Heeee! Not as yet> I have another question you may be able to help me with, or if not perhaps direct me to someone else.... I am hoping to get the Asian Parrot Cichlid, aka the Jelly Bean Cichlid added to the list of legal fish to import into our state..... <Didn't realize parts of the country had fallen to this depth... there are still only "dirty lists" excluding aquatic species in most of the U.S.> unfortunately it does not have a scientific name so the state will not consider it.... How does a Latin or scientific name get  labeled to a fish? <Mmm, please read here: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/taxlfecma.htm>   I never really thought about it, just thought someone discovered a SPS and then created a name...I am thinking there may be more to it than that...Can you make some suggestions? <Yes... please write the American Cichlid Association re...> Also would you know of anyone who has completed any type of research on this fish?  Habitat, diseases, breeding or any other factors that may be pertinent for the states review process? <Time to go/see at the library: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/litsrchart.htm> Regards and Thanks! Denise <Bob Fenner>

Parrot Cichlid Availability    1/21/07 I was in Singapore over the holidays and I had a look at a few aquarium shops. I was amazed by these hybrid fish called red parrots.  I saw a 12" specimen in the canal at the Chinese gardens which seemed to be surviving in semi-natural conditions, I thought they wouldn't be able to cope outside of an aquarium. They are kind of cute in am ugly and deformed kind of way but I have never seen them for sale in Australia, are they only available in S-E Asia? They were fairly cheap there, S$3 for a 10cm fish. I think I'll stick to marines but I'm definitely intrigued by parrots even though I know they're wrong. < Parrot cichlids are usually available all over the world. I know they are found all over the U.S. and in Europe. Australia has some very strict laws concerning importation of animals. They are afraid that exotics will get turned loose and outcompete the native fauna. The parrot cichlid is actually a cross between three different species of cichlid. the parrot cichlid itself would have a very difficult time surviving in the wild. But if it ever reverted back to one of its original forms then there could be real trouble. Check with a local aquarium shop for availability.-Chuck>  

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