Nov 10, 2019

Keep Parrot Cichlids

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===Caring for Your Fish===
 
===Caring for Your Fish===
#Acclimate your parrot cichlid. Place your cichlid into the aquarium while they're still in the bag. Let them remain there for at least 15-30 minutes. Then, gently scoop your fish into a net and into the aquarium. Dispose of the bag water by dumping it down the drain or watering your garden if you have one. Don't let any water from the bag drip into the aquarium.<ref>http://www.fishlore.com/acclimating-tropicalfish.htm</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 6.jpg|center]]
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#Acclimate your parrot cichlid. Place your cichlid into the aquarium while they're still in the bag. Let them remain there for at least 15–30 minutes. Then, gently scoop your fish into a net and into the aquarium. Dispose of the bag water by dumping it down the drain or watering your garden if you have one. Don't let any water from the bag drip into the aquarium.<ref>http://www.fishlore.com/acclimating-tropicalfish.htm</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 6.jpg|center]]
 
#Give them the proper diet. Parrot cichlids are omnivorous, meaning that they'll eat plant or animal products. Proper food includes brine shrimp, bloodworms, tropical flakes, sinking pellets, and commercial parrot cichlid food. Make sure your fish get enough fiber to prevent swim bladder disease. Feed your fish at least twice a day.<ref>http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/blparrot.php</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
#Give them the proper diet. Parrot cichlids are omnivorous, meaning that they'll eat plant or animal products. Proper food includes brine shrimp, bloodworms, tropical flakes, sinking pellets, and commercial parrot cichlid food. Make sure your fish get enough fiber to prevent swim bladder disease. Feed your fish at least twice a day.<ref>http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/blparrot.php</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 7.jpg|center]]
 
#Control the lighting. Choose light bulbs that emit light from the red end of the visible spectrum. Purchase them at pet supply stores or hobbyist stores. Blue light could dull the color of your fish's scales. The lighting shouldn't be too bright, as cichlids prefer darker waters in the wild. Keep the wattage between 0.5 and 1 watt per gallon (4 L).<ref>http://www.parrotcichlids.com/parrot-cichlid-tank-setup.asp</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 8.jpg|center]]
 
#Control the lighting. Choose light bulbs that emit light from the red end of the visible spectrum. Purchase them at pet supply stores or hobbyist stores. Blue light could dull the color of your fish's scales. The lighting shouldn't be too bright, as cichlids prefer darker waters in the wild. Keep the wattage between 0.5 and 1 watt per gallon (4 L).<ref>http://www.parrotcichlids.com/parrot-cichlid-tank-setup.asp</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 8.jpg|center]]
 
#*Don't leave the lights on for more than 12 hours per day. Too much light for too long can encourage the growth of deadly cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green “algae”).<ref>https://ift.tt/2X146ep>  
 
#*Don't leave the lights on for more than 12 hours per day. Too much light for too long can encourage the growth of deadly cyanobacteria (also known as blue-green “algae”).<ref>https://ift.tt/2X146ep>  
 
#*Change the lightbulbs if they're a year old.<ref>https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquariums/Blue-Green-Algae-and-Red-Slime</ref>   
 
#*Change the lightbulbs if they're a year old.<ref>https://pethelpful.com/fish-aquariums/Blue-Green-Algae-and-Red-Slime</ref>   
#Monitor the pH. A good pH for a parrot cichlid would be between 6.5 to 7.8. Monitor the water and every object you put in the tank. This includes driftwood and other hiding places, as well as the substrate. Rocks that contain too much calcium can make the water too alkaline and can dull your fish's color. Wild breeds of parrot cichlids can tolerate pH levels as low as 4.0 before feeling any health effects. Buy pH testing strips in any pet supply store or big box store.<ref>http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/information/South-American-Cichlids-Information.php</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 9.jpg|center]]
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#Monitor the pH. A good pH for a parrot cichlid would be between 6.5 and 7.8. Monitor the water and every object you put in the tank. This includes driftwood and other hiding places, as well as the substrate. Rocks that contain too much calcium can make the water too alkaline and can dull your fish's color. Wild breeds of parrot cichlids can tolerate pH levels as low as 4.0 before feeling any health effects. Buy pH testing strips in any pet supply store or big box store.<ref>http://animal-world.com/encyclo/fresh/cichlid/information/South-American-Cichlids-Information.php</ref>[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 9.jpg|center]]
 
#Test the nitrite and phosphate levels. High levels of nitrite and phosphate can contribute to cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which can kill your fish.<ref>https://ift.tt/2Q4P0mL> To prevent the algae from growing, use separate testing kits for nitrite and phosphate. Nitrite shouldn't exceed 0.1 parts per million (ppm), and phosphate shouldn't go over 0.2 ppm.[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#Test the nitrite and phosphate levels. High levels of nitrite and phosphate can contribute to cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), which can kill your fish.<ref>https://ift.tt/2Q4P0mL> To prevent the algae from growing, use separate testing kits for nitrite and phosphate. Nitrite shouldn't exceed 0.1 parts per million (ppm), and phosphate shouldn't go over 0.2 ppm.[[Image:Keep Parrot Cichlids Step 10.jpg|center]]
 
#*If the phosphate levels get too high, add a phosphate-removing material to your filter. For high levels of nitrite, clean all debris from the tank with a siphon vacuum. Then, clean out your filter thoroughly. Remove a third of the water in the tank and replace with with clean water.<ref>https://ift.tt/2rrthuQ>  
 
#*If the phosphate levels get too high, add a phosphate-removing material to your filter. For high levels of nitrite, clean all debris from the tank with a siphon vacuum. Then, clean out your filter thoroughly. Remove a third of the water in the tank and replace with with clean water.<ref>https://ift.tt/2rrthuQ>  


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