Help Asap! Blood Parrot Fish Not Eating

  1. MHansen12 Member Member

    I'm so sick of losing all of my fish. I don't know what is happening but now my blood parrot isn't eating anymore although he swims around the tank. He has no stress marks and seems fine. It's been about 5 days now since he's ate. I just did a 10% wc and the conditions are perfect. Please help i don't want to see another fish of mine die ☹️
  2. mollybabes Well Known Member Member

    Picture of him?

  3. MHansen12 Member Member


    The lights are off, but this is an old pic. He still looks the same.
  4. mollybabes Well Known Member Member

    I can't see anything visible wrong with him

  5. MHansen12 Member Member

    I know and it's been severely aggravating me. I haven't even moved anything around the tank.

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    He's got a cut in his gills and a cut behind his side fin; at least that's what it looks like
  6. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Do you have any sharp decorations in the tank?

    As for your other fish, what happened? What may have affected them could be affecting him
  7. FishFish221 Well Known Member Member

    Did you acclimate him before adding him to the tank?
    What is the ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels?
    What temperature is the tank at?
    Are there any other fish being kept with him, if so, what are they?

    Turning off the lights will help reduce stress.
  8. MHansen12 Member Member

    He's been hiding lately and hasn't been swimming around the wood; there is also another blood parrot in the tank and they hang out sometimes. No real rights from what I observe.

    Yes, Nitrate 20 Ammonia/Nitrite-0 Temp-82
    Another BP and a BN pleco
    I have a Current LED+ light bar, both have very minimal stress spots.

  9. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    whats the ph?
  10. MHansen12 Member Member

    I've got pretty hard water so ph is 8.4
  11. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    how long have you had him?

  12. MHansen12 Member Member

    About 3 weeks.
  13. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Hmmm... maybe some internal parasites (have you seen his poop?), which then you can try some medicated food; it doesnt hurt to try and feed him this
    he could be just a brat. A week's fast won't kill him, and might make him want to eat something. At my LFS, they have a mascot albino oscar who goes on hunger strikes when he doesn't get his favorite food offered :rolleyes:

    What do you normally feed him and what have you tried since he stopped eating?
  14. MHansen12 Member Member

    I haven't seen his poop he's been very allusive; I feed him bloodworms, flakes, NLS Cichlid pellets; Tetra Pellets.
    After Fast - Bloodworms and flakes
  15. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    You can try the medicated fish food; there really isn't an averse effect if you do.

    And maybe try soaking some food in garlic? Or live foods as well (if the bloodworms were frozen)
  16. MHansen12 Member Member


    He's on his side, breathing heavily. should I euthanize him? If so, is freezing ok?

    Look below
  17. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Oh no! Poor guy!

    Is he still breathing? How is the aeration? How is you other parrot doing?

    Try doing a large water change just to get some cleaner water in him.

    (And if you feel the need to euthanize, I wouldnt go for freezing; its a long painful process. Clove oil is a good way to go)
  18. MHansen12 Member Member

    He's breathing -aeration is really good-perfect
    I did a water change last night; do you think I should do another?
  19. KinsKicks Fishlore VIP Member

    Ok, if your WC has pretty large yesterday, you don't have to do another one. Do you see any new signs on him (I know you said you haven't earlier, but it doesn't hurt to check again right now)

    Unfortunately, it isn't too uncommon in the parrot cichlids to get sick because of their bloodline, and they are more susceptible to diseases because of it.

    I know you mentioned "cuts" on his deep are they? I wonder if there is some sort of Myobacteria going on...
  20. MHansen12 Member Member

    From what I could tell, cuts were quite shallow. He is somewhat upright now but is doing bad
  21. Cheesearmada Member Member

    Go to your LFS and tell them about the problem. Give your fish some medicated foods and look for his feces. They will tell you lots.