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  1. I liked the idea of having a space to just babble about my tanks. I do have an Instagram, but I always felt like I need to post glamour shots to that, and not more mundane things. So here it is, a place to talk about how duck weed is taking over my house (seriously I find it on our doorknobs). I guess I'll start off by introducing my favorite fish, and therefore my favorite tank. Pooka is a synodontis eupterus who has an incredibly sweet temperament. She's hand tame, and often follows my hand around while I work on the tank. She's currently in a 40 breeder, and I MAY put her in the 75 eventually, but honestly I'm worried to put her in with my bichirs; Dragon (who I will introduce in another post), once took a bite out of a catfish like it was an apple. She seems to have enough room for now, and really isn't that active - her swimming style is doing calm moseys around the tank between long upside down naps. I once drew her as a Pookamon Pokemon.
  2. Hello friends, My 75 currently houses a blood parrot cichlid (who is the Queen and High Potentate of everything), two male senegal bichirs (a big wild type and a little albino), and a small ctenopoma (bought as an adult and it never grew much bigger; I think it was turned in from a pervious owner at the store). Here's a video to show what kind of room I have going on. The tank is kept at 79-80F, so whatever I add needs to like it toasty. Because of the plant load, nitrates are never over 50, and I think they only get that high because I add Easy Green. Ph is 7.2. I feel like I want to add something that swims midwater. Obviously they have to be big enough to not be a snack - 3in is usually the recommended size to cohabitate with bichirs and ctenopoma. A school of congo tetras is an option. But what would YOU add? I'm open to ideas. I've been agonizing over this for 6 months to a year, lol! Edit: Forgot to mention that cichlids are probably out, since the blood parrot kept starting fights with my blue acara that was previously living in there.
  3. Just what the title says. I'm new to cichlids so I don't really know what I should do, if anything. The blood parrot just laid eggs a few days ago, and allowed the acara to come in and out of the cave she spawned in, which I thought was odd. Then the acara started showing off for her, doing little flicking dances and staying close to her. Now they're lip locking. Will it resolve itself, and just keep an eye on them? Should I move him outright? I'm worried about him hurting her.
  4. Has any one had success keeping Cory’s with blood parrots? I have a 40 breeder I wanted to try this in.
  5. I was inspired to make this little journal after reading the thread about fish toys: I'm a huge fan of positive reinforcement training; I've trained my dog to do all kinds of fun things with a clicker and some treats. I know that with patience you can pretty much train anything to at least touch a target, and with more patience you can train even more behaviors through shaping. You just have to understand the basic fundamentals of the process. SOOOOOO... here's my blood parrot cichlid, Igor. He's a friendly little guy, and already knows my fingers = food. The high value treat I will be using are crushed ramshorn snails (he loves them!). The behavior I'm aiming for is, when introducing a hoop into the tank, he should immediately swim through it. Hoop = swim through. Seems easy enough. The first step is desensitizing him to the hoop. He was very worried about it when I first put it in, so this session is just feeding him his dinner with the hoop hanging around. At one point I sink it further in and he accidentally swims through it. But it's obvious throughout the entire video he's still very worried about it. When he shows no fear of it at all, I'll move on to the next step. Might take a few sessions. I'll do a better job at aiming the camera next time. EDIT: If you are new to this thread and just want to see the eventual outcome, here's session 25, where Igor performs the trick perfectly.
  6. I have the Marine land 60 gallon tank 12x48x24 water parameters: pH - 7.9 Nitrates - 20 Hardness - 7.5 Nitrite -0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 5 Water Temperature - 79 inhabitants: 9 neon tetra (been in tank whole time) 1 pearl gourami (10 months) M and F apisto caucatoides (6 months) 5 sterbi cories (1 year) 5 khuli loaches (1 year) 1 super red bristlenose pleco (1 year) 2 Bolivian rams (10 months) 1 silver hatchet fish (10 months) 1 pearl scale marble angel (3 months nerite snails, MTS, Amano shrimp i currently water change every 2 weeks and even before changes my nitrate is only 20. Everyone is healthy and doing well. I hate to rock the boat as things are going well but was wondering about adding a blood parrot (my wife likes them as do I) or a gold spot severum as they are beautiful. what does the group think? good idea , bad idea, do something different? The tank is just not as active or as full as I would like and my parameters seem to tell me there is room for more? Thanks!
  7. I have a 75 gallon that currently houses three senegal bichirs who all stay on the bottom for the most part, and a ctenopoma who likes to just hide in the plants. I've been wanting to add SOMETHING else for a long, long time, and my options are a bit limited since bichirs and ctenopoma are predatory. One of the recommended tank mates are blood parrots since they're too big to be a snack. I've been going back and forth and back and forth on getting one for over a year. I see them in pet shops all the time and I think they're adorable. I don't have a problem with the hybrid part, though their mouths kind of concern me. But I see so many positive stories from people who have kept them, and I do love me weird, charismatic water dog sort of fish. Well today I went out to get root tabs and came home with a blood parrot. I got to use my Aquarium Co-Op insulator thing! Little guy is in quarantine, chilling out with the lights off. He really is so dang cute, and he has a mouth that looks like he's doing this: 😄 So tell me about your experiences. Share photos. Show me your tank. What do you feed yours? Have you had any problems I should look out for? Have they dug up your plants? Some pics!
  8. I got a new baby Blood Parrot a few weeks ago. I forgot how cute they are when they're little. 😍 It was pretty shy and timid, so I put a handful of Platies in the quarantine tank to make it a little more comfortable. Now not only does it come out more, but follows the Platies around like everything they do is the most interesting thing it's ever seen. ( the photo looks like it's thinking about snacking on the Platy, but it has never gone past getting unusually close, staring, and just general creepiness that I've witnessed so far) It's got awhile before it joins the big fish in the big tank, but it's settling in with it's new temporary friends nicely. This little guy destroyed an entire population of small bladder and ramshorn snails within a matter of days.
  9. Anyone keep nerites with blood parrots? Looking to add a couple for algae control in a 55
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