New Tank, Can I Get A Parrot Fish?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by mbwk1022, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. mbwk1022New MemberMember

    I have fallen for the parrot fish cuteness and think I want one but trying to decide where to put him and who to put him with. I have not bought one yet and may not after reading responses. I have a 46gal bow front with 4 tiger barbs, 3 longfin serpae tetras, 3 neon rosy barbs and 1 rainbow shark. No problems in that tank, everyone is happy.
    I have a 30 gal tall that I am going to be making some changes. It has 3 lyre tail mollies, 1 lyre tail sword, 3 glow fish tetras, 1 female beta, 2 Cory cats, 1 bristle nose, 1 ghost shrimp and one med angel that I had to bring home from my office tank because he was being bullied. I know my 30 gal is overstocked. I am setting up a new 60 gal tall (already purchased, so it is what it is) Once it is cycled, I will be moving the angel in there and plan to get another one. Could a parrot go in that tank? Or in my 46 gal with the fish that are in there now? Based on what I have, which fish would you put in the 60 and which would you leave in the 30? Other stock suggestions?
    I have live and plastic plants in both the 30 and 46 gal tanks now, with plenty of additional hiding spots. I was planning to do the 60 gal as a planted tank, but read that may not be good for a parrot.
    All help is appreciated!
  2. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Hi there,
    So let me get this straight, you have 3 tanks: The 46 gal bow front, 30 gallon and the 60 gallon tall?

    First of all I would advise to move your rainbow shark in the 60 gallon tank with the angel. Since the rainbow shark and the angel are territorial fish I wouldn't add another angel.
    Also you could add your rosy Barbs In there and if you do you could add 3 more to make them a group of 6.

    If you are planning to get a Blood Parrot I would keep him in the 46 gallon bowfront. In addition to that add the bristlenose Pleco and the serpae Tetras in with him or her (add serpae Tetra numbers to at least 6).

    Are you up the rehome some of your fish? I'm saying that because with the room you'll have left you're 30 gal will be overstocked.
  3. mbwk1022New MemberMember

    Hmmm, I had not really considered moving anyone out of my 46 because everyone is getting along so well. But I am not totally opposed to it. I have a 55 gal at the office that I might be able to move some of the fish to. It has 1 pr of angels, 5 glow tetras, 4 long finned danios, 1 bristlenose, 2 Cory cats, and 1 female beta.
  4. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Alright. I would move the glow light Tetras to the office tank then. So that it will loosen up some space and they will be in a school of 8, which will make them happier.

    What species are you're Cory cats? If they are the same species, I would consider adding the 2 in the 30 gallon to the 50 gallon and I would also consider getting 2 more.
  5. mbwk1022New MemberMember

    Ok, first let me clarify, they are not glow light tetras, they are the glo tetras (auto spell keeps changing it), so they are bigger than the glow lights. The Corys are different species I think. I am not sure what they are, but the 30 gal ones are albino and are the smaller variety.
    I really appreciate all of your suggestions. They make sense and have me rethinking. So keep them coming! LOL
  6. Ed204Well Known MemberMember

    Okay then but the glo tetras in your office tank and in the 30 gallon are the same species right, is so than there is no Problem.

    I would add the albino cories to the 50 Gallon. Since you have 2 different species there is still enough room to add 4 more to each batch.
  7. mbwk1022New MemberMember

    If I do as you suggest, which I am leaning towards, you did not mention my 4 tiger barbs. Leave them in the 46 bowfront? Add any like you suggested with my serpaes?
    Thank you!
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 15, 2017

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