Jelly-Bean... Cichlids, Disease/Health 7
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Parrot Cichlid Disease
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Nutritional (e.g. HLLE),
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Blood Parrots & Flowerhorn
Cichlids: maintenance and healthcare of two popular hybrid
by Neale Monks,
Dwarf South American Cichlids,
Cichlid Fishes in General,
Identification, Parrot Cichlid
Behavior, Parrot Cichlid
Compatibility, Parrot Cichlid
Selection, Parrot Cichlid
Systems, Parrot Cichlid
Feeding, Parrot Cichlid
Sick Parrot Cichlid 1/21/20
Hello WWM Team,
<Melissa (little sweet one)>
I have a 9 year old parrot cichlid. He has been sick for 4-5 days. He
stopped eating & is not very mobile just kind of bobbing at the top of the
He is pale, and has a white spot on his side/belly.
<See this in your pic>
I took a photo of it & went to my local fish shop and explained what is
going on. They gave me Fluran 2. I am on my second day of treating the tank,
but he is the same. I am afraid he is going to die soon. I tested the water
& everything looked good.
I included a photo of him below. Please help , thank you for your time.
<Mmm; well, this looks more like a mark/abrasion from a physical trauma to
me... I'd check again re pH, hardness of the water and try to be patient.
You should see some emargination, healing in a week or so. Bob Fenner>
Re: Sick Parrot Cichlid
Thank you so much
<Welcome Melissa. BobF>
Re: Sick Parrot Cichlid
Hi WWM Team,
I finished my Furan treatment in the tank, and my fish has been swimming
around & seems a lot more like himself. The only issue now is, he still
won’t eat. I have tried everything peas, frozen brine shrimp & blood worms.
The strange thing is he is trolling the bottom looking for food but when I
put it in there he just ignores it. He hasn’t pooped in a long time, I was
thinking maybe he is constipated or has a swim bladder issue. Any advice on
how to get him to eat again? I appreciate your time & help.
<Mmm; well, in case some/the issue is constipation. I would try moderate
addition of Epsom Salt to the system. Do see Neale's pc. here re:
Otherwise I urge patience, offering some meaty or pelleted food daily. Bob
Re: Sick Parrot Cichlid 1/28/20
Parrot fish gill issue? 9/13/18
I hope you can forgive me.
I’m not to tech savvy with forums. I need help. I have a parrot fish
that has some sort of red worm looking things in her gills.
<Mmm; all I can see are the fish's gill lamellae, the outside gill
filaments... No worms in evidence>
I’ve had two parrots years ago. I don’t remember them having gills like
this one. She was given to me by a neighbor that had to move.
I don’t know her history. She seems pale but healthy ,sassy and fun. I’d
like to her help if this gill issue is not normal.
Thank you so very much,
<Thank you for sharing your concern w/ us. This sort of "genetic
abnormality" is quite common w/ Parrot Cichlids; a hallmark of too much
inbreeding of this hybrid mutant. There is nothing to be done in the way
of treatment here, and the fish may well live a good long while. There
can be a concern w/ having too-aggressive tankmates nipping at the
exposed gill membrane, but otherwise I would not be worried.
Re: Parrot fish gill issue? 9/13/18
Thank you so much!
I’ll just let her enjoy life. She’s pretty much left to herself. So
hopefully no nip‘ will take place. Thank you for these tips and the fast
<Ah, anima bona fac; be of good life>