I loved my Bloody Parrots. I raised them from juveniles to 15 years old. The largest I had grew to 8" tall and 10" long.
You will receive various opinions on Hybrid species. They are not for everyone.
Sorry to hear that you are dealing or may be dealing with ich. I have had great success with the heat method and without the use of salt. Using salt is old school and is not necessary for freshwater fish.
NLS Thera +A great food! I used it for years.
Remember if 1 fish actually has...
Make sure you have 0,0 under 20 for your cycle readings before adding fish. To help speed up the process, you can increase the tank water temperature to about 80/82 degrees.
I have Seeded aquariums in the past using fully established filter media (full of good bacteria from another...
Congrats on the new aquarium! I hope you can share some photos once your stocking is complete. Personally I like to stock my tanks with Top, Middle and Bottom feeders.
This link may give you some tips if you haven't already seen it:
Work In Progress: Freshwater Community Stocking List
How nice of your granddad to buy a fish for your aquarium.
I am not certain of the type of Pleco that it is. 10cm = 3.94 inches.
Check out the photos in the link below and try and make a comparison:
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Your aquarium looks very nice! I had marimo balls in my aquariums for a very long time. If they start to fall apart, you can bind them back together with thread to create new ones.
Consider a background for your aquarium. I used black on all of my tanks in the past that I purchased...
As mentioned above by others, Cory Cats do best in groups in larger aquariums, however, sometimes we have to take the need of the tank into consideration. I stocked my aquariums with top, middle and bottom feeders.
As for the betta tank I had, it was a 6.6g bookshelf tank with 1...
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Noble of you to try and help the ill fish, however, if the fish has been this way for over a year, I seriously doubt that there is anything that can be done at this point. If the swim bladder has burst, there is no cure.
I would talk with the owner of the fish...
The fish is obviously large and possibly elderly. Also it appears to be experiencing a Prolapse and if this is the case, there really isn't much that you can do. The Prolapse may contract or it may not.
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If you want to use fish waste around your plant then do so. Just keep an eye on your Nitrate and pH levels. Many times in threads we see concerns about vacuuming around plants in the tank and it has been said that the fish waste will be good for the plants thus the reason to vacuum...
The purpose for Seeding is to obtain an instant cycle and if you have 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites and under 20 Nitrates (under 40 not so bad), then I have to believe you did obtain the instant cycle. I would go ahead and move the Bloody Parrot over to the 55g. Keep an eye on your...
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If you have sufficient surface water movement then an air stone/pump is not necessary, however, these are good to have on hand in case of an emergency. If you see your fish gasping at the surface for air, then add the stone/pump to provide more oxygen as stated...