parrot cichlid sleeping sideways at the top of the tank and its cave

  1. alupejkis

    alupejkis Initiate Member

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    I have a 36 gallon tank that contains substraight, live plants, three cory cats, five tiger barbs, a young parrot cichlid, and an algae eater. My parrot cichlid was doing great the first couple of months. Now it's shy and seems to sleep on it's side a lot. I have not seen any aggression in the tank. I am worried that he/she may be sick.:(

    Any help would be appreciated!
     


  2. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

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    Good morning,

    Some fish may very well sleep completely on their sides. I've had several Bloody Parrots over the years to do this. It scared me and I thought the fish was dead but it was just sleeping.

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/parrot-cichlid/82455-nawty-fish-you-scared-dad.html

    One even enjoyed sleeping in Java Moss:
    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/aquarist48/74654-bloody-parrots-java-moss-update-w-photos.html

    As long as the fish has a healthy appetite, having regular bowel movements, swimming upright, has clear eyes and no visible signs of parasites/disease, I wouldn't worry too much at this point.

    https://www.fishlore.com/fishforum/parrot-cichlid/149461-bloody-parrot-advice.html

    Best wishes for your fish!

    Ken
     


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    alupejkis

    alupejkis Initiate Member

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    Thank you!


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    alupejkis

    alupejkis Initiate Member

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    I added another pot and he seems move active now. Sometimes I forget that he is still a baby.


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  5. psalm18.2

    psalm18.2 Fishlore Legend Member

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    They do that.