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Old 01-23-2015, 09:59 AM   #1
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How to in courage my parrot fish to breed

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Old 01-23-2015, 05:40 PM   #2
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Okay. Here's how:

Start by raising the tank temperature 2-3 degrees (but DO NOT exceed 84 degrees F.) Then do a 10-15% water change with R/O or distiller water. Feed live foods a couple times a week for conditioning.

Aim to keep your pH no higher than 7.2!!! Though optimally, try for 6.6-6.8.

Parrot cichlids are substrate spawners, so keep that in mind. They are also usually very good parents, so keep the fry with their parents until the next batch of eggs is laid. As for feeding the fry, 2 days after hatching, their yolk sacks will be consumed and they must be fed newly hatched brine shrimp.

Something to keep in mind...it has been thought that Parrot cichlids could not breed because the male was sterile. I'm talking specifically about blood parrots - not bubblegum or jellybeans, those are a wholly different topic. Anyway, rumour has it that some fish farms raising blood parrots have been injecting the males with a hormone to make them fertile. I trust that you'll do your own complimentary research to double check every fact or claim you hear.

Good luck with breeding have fun!
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Old 01-24-2015, 04:32 AM   #3
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Brilliant cheers for the advice that was easier with out being judged on what I'm already doing, as we all learn along the way. Cheers


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Brilliant cheers for the advice that was easier with out being judged on what I'm already doing, as we all learn along the way. Cheers


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Old 01-28-2015, 09:50 AM   #5
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Hey I have a pair that spawn, unfortunately no fertile eggs come out of the two. If I have to guess your parrots are two young atm to start laying eggs, mine are roughly twice the size of those. Cheers


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Old 01-28-2015, 10:58 AM   #6
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Right ok how big are yours any chance of a photo?


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Old 01-28-2015, 11:52 AM   #7
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The first two photos are pretty lucky cause she came out when I came up to the tank, they usually spend 3-5 days in that boat while tending to the eggs, I don't feed them during this time but they usually go nuts and are quite active outside the boat cave after breeding, the third photo is the bigger one, that photo was taken in November!


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Yeah nice an healthy one, I would say mine are getting there now then


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Old 01-28-2015, 12:07 PM   #9
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Yeah mine just started interacting with me also, I put my hand in to replace a plant and the came right up to my hand and started swimming around and poking at my hand 😊


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Old 01-28-2015, 01:19 PM   #10
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Nice one lol


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