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  1. Question Blood Parrot - problem or pigmentation?


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    Hi
    I recently fishless cycled a new 90 gal FW then stocked which included 2 blood parrots (see signature line for other fish). All was well for the first week and then I spotted ich on my gold Sev and EBJD. I'm almost finished with ich treatment (85F) and lots of aeration and with the sad exception of losing my angel fish, all seems to be proceeding well.

    But this morning, I became concerned about my bigger blood parrot.
    This fish had a few little dustings of brown blotches when I got it. I assumed it was just the way it was. But today I noticed that the brown has grown and spread and now I'm concerned about this fish as well.
    Both BP's are very shy and hide a lot. Generally the only time I get to see them is from a distance and if I sneak up on the tank. but my observations have been that they are both eating well and are active.
    Still - could someone give me an opinion on what, if anything, is going on with the coloration on this BP? Is it normal? Could he possibly be stained from the 'new tank brown algae syndrom' that is pretty heavy in this tank right now? Or do I potentially have a problem with a sick fish

    It took forever, but I finally got a photo of the discoloration on the bigger blood parrot


    smaller BP and sev - marked color difference. this fish has always been more orange where the bigger one is an apricot color.


    Thoughts? Do I have a fish in trouble?
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    That is normal. My previous BP had a black line across the back that grew over time. BP are a cross with either A. citrinellus (midas) or A. Labiatus (red devil), and both species show these same variances.
    Last edited by Rocksor; 09-30-2012 at 04:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor
    That is normal. My previous BP had a black line across the back that grew over time. BP are a cross with either A. citrinellus (midas) or A. Labiatus (red devil), and both species show these same variances.
    Oh I SOOO hope you're right. I'm a little paranoid right now because so many things have gone wrong with my perfectly planned tank that didn't go perfectly well

    Have been worried that the high temps may be putting too much stress on him and the other fish.
    thanks for the reassurance.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    I'm afraid I would not be so easy to pass this off as nothing. He should not be sitting there with his face downward in a subdued position. He looks ill to me. I do not see a black line, I see blotches all over. Some parrots do get pigmentation in their skin as they get a bit older. But, I would not expect to see it come on all at once and all over the fish.

    The pic at the bottom are the parrots I had that died a couple years ago (into their 8th year.) Check the bottom one and you will see the pigmentation I'm talking about.

    Parrots have been known to get black spot disease. The 5 I have now have never had it but one of my earlier parrots did a couple times. I always suspected it was stress related but there really is no known cause, as far as they know. I suspected high nitrates. But this is small specks all over the fish and pitch black.

    Now I am debating Velvet. Not that I can see it that well but Velvet appears as goldish/brownish area's but it's treated just like Ick is ......it's a parasite. So.........I don't know. If Ick was in the tank, it's possible that Velvet was too. But it should have been taken care of with the Ick treatments.

    Frankly, I don't know what in heck it is. But I think he's sick.

    The origin of blood parrots is a mystery because they don't want us to know. Suspected parents are below. I suspect you have a gold severum mix and the orange one may be the red devil.

    Severum (Heros severus) and the Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) or the Red Devil (Amphilophus labiatus)

    Gold Severum (Cichlasoma severum) and Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)

    Midas Cichlid (Cichlasoma citrinellum) and the Redhead Cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum)

    Severum (Heros severus) with the Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum) +Gold Severum (Cichlasoma severum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)+Green Severum (Cichlasoma severum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)+Quetzel (Cichlasoma synspilum)
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I'm afraid I would not be so easy to pass this off as nothing. He should not be sitting there with his face downward in a subdued position. He looks ill to me. I do not see a black line, I see blotches all over. Some parrots do get pigmentation in their skin as they get a bit older. But, I would not expect to see it come on all at once and all over the fish.

    I'm worried too, however, the only reason he is pointed down is because he was swimming toward the bottom when I snapped the shot. I have to get a shot of him when I can because he hides whenever I come near. they both do. Normally, he's flitting around just like the other BP and is not tipped. Both BPs have buddied up with the Sev and frequently swim and play together. But the color splotches have absolutely increased this past week - which is why I am concerned. otherwise, he acts fine

    The pic at the bottom are the parrots I had that died a couple years ago (into their 8th year.) Check the bottom one and you will see the pigmentation I'm talking about.
    Unfortunately, I can't open any of those links. not sure what's wrong. I can only view the thumbnail

    Parrots have been known to get black spot disease. The 5 I have now have never had it but one of my earlier parrots did a couple times. I always suspected it was stress related but there really is no known cause, as far as they know. I suspected high nitrates. But this is small specks all over the fish and pitch black.
    Nitrates in this tank are very low - around 5.

    Now I am debating Velvet. Not that I can see it that well but Velvet appears as goldish/brownish area's but it's treated just like Ick is ......it's a parasite. So.........I don't know. If Ick was in the tank, it's possible that Velvet was too. But it should have been taken care of with the Ick treatments. Heat treatment would cure Velvet? Because that's all I'm doing in this tank now, is treating with heat. Copper from the copper safe is almost completely gone per the test this morning.

    Frankly, I don't know what in heck it is. But I think he's sick.

    The origin of blood parrots is a mystery because they don't want us to know. Suspected parents are below. I suspect you have a gold severum mix and the orange one may be the red devil.

    Severum (Heros severus) and the Midas Cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) or the Red Devil (Amphilophus labiatus)

    Gold Severum (Cichlasoma severum) and Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)

    Midas Cichlid (Cichlasoma citrinellum) and the Redhead Cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum)

    Severum (Heros severus) with the Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum) +Gold Severum (Cichlasoma severum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)+Green Severum (Cichlasoma severum)

    Red Devil (Cichlasoma erythraeum)+Quetzel (Cichlasoma synspilum)
    I could try to net him and put him in QT but then do what? The shock of moving could kill him and besides, the tank is so big and he's so fast I don't think I could net him without a real struggle and stress him even more.
    I guess all I can do is leave him be and hope for the best.
    this is so discouraging ... but I really appreciate your response.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492


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    I have enlarged your photo and even used my magnifying glass.......still can't tell. That area of red all down his back bothers me some too.

    He might just be ticked off over the high heat, too. Not all fish appreciate high temps. Or medication and high temps.

    How many more day is treating necessary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor
    That's quite an article. They write: There isn't much know about this infliction, it's not even known for sure to be a parasite.

    Good grief. It's not known to be a parasite because it isn't a parasite! LOL


    I just found this:

    Health Issues
    Stress Spots: This is usually mistaken for Neascus (Black spot disease). Blood Parrots sometimes get Stress Spots which are black splotches on the body or fins and this is caused by stress. This is typically present you bring them home but can also show up when in cases of shyness, bullying, breeding, illness, or sometimes nothing at all. The splotches will usually disappear after awhile once the problem is taken care of.
    Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 09-30-2012 at 08:07 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Hobbs
    I have enlarged your photo and even used my magnifying glass.......still can't tell. That area of red all down his back bothers me some too.

    He might just be ticked off over the high heat, too. Not all fish appreciate high temps. Or medication and high temps.
    He has had unusual color from the beginning - that's one of the reasons I bought him. He is more apricot than orange and his 'hump' has always been a deeper color than his body. I assumed it was just a natural color variation and is really pretty. But maybe he's had issues from the get go? But honestly - he acts fine - as far as I can tell. Although he hides from me (all the fish do) when I back away at least 6 feet, he's swimming freely, playing in the bubbles from the 2 bubblers (both of the BP's seem to love those bubbles) and he eats well. His dorsal is high, fins are full and fluttery. He pecks away at food on the bottom and rushes to eat right after I feed - as long as I back away from the tank. Again, they ALL do that, the little brats LOL

    How many more day is treating necessary?
    I can start lowering the temp Thursday at the earliest but Friday would probably be better since the highest I got the temp on the 25th was 84. But it's been a constant 85 every day since. ALL the copper is out of the tank (have been doing 20 - 25% W/C daily to get rid of it). Just tested the water. A=0/ trites = 0/ trates = barely 5. The spots are completely gone from the Severum - again, he only had a few on his dorsal and tail that I could see. But they are gone. So I'm just waiting it out to make sure all ich that has dropped off and is in the water or substrate are good and dead and can't latch on to my fish again.
    I'll continue to watch him and do more reading ... but the article Rocksor provided is interesting and kind of fits --- although this guy doesn't have spots exactly ... more like irregular, splotchy streaks and they are more charcoal than black. I've tried to get a better photo but he's just so darn camera shy.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksor
    this is very interesting and I thank you for providing the link. my guy doesn't exactly have black spots on him. more like irregular blotchy streaks ... and more charcoal gray than black. possibly, though, the color varies or it may yet get darker??
    In any event, you've given me hope that maybe he's not horribly sick. I'll check out the medication they suggest and see what kind of hazards it might have for the rest of my tank. can add nothing to it right now, in any event until I get this ich dealt with.
    thanks again
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, pair kribs, & nerite snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: EBJD, congos, apple snails
    90 Gal Journal: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=93939
    Fishless cycling: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ead.php?t=5640
    Cycling with fish: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492

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