Parrot Fish Doensn’t Grow

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I bought 9 parrot fish 9 months ago and all of them were in the same size. But there’s one of my parrot fish doens’t grow at all while others were already growing big and fat. Anyone can help? Thanks!
 

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Ok, I did a little searching and it is quite possible that the fish is a "runt in the litter"
 
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GrayGray4231 said:
Ok, I did a little searching and it is quite possible that the fish is a "runt in the litter"
He is growing well in the environment just that he doesn’t grow big in size. Possible to be a runt too? Previously there were 3 of them that doens’t grow. And always hiding under the bridge together when they sleep. But slowly the other 2 grew, only left this little one.
 

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Yea, he is most likely a runt.
 

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Is he being out-competed for food??
 

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If it was being out-competed for food and she had had it for 9 months, it would not still be alive.
 

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It's obvious that the BP is the low man on the totem pole. You could maybe try to put it in another tank to fatten it up for a few months. Perhaps that might help out.

It's getting food, it's just getting the left overs from dinner.
 

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GrayGray4231 said:
If it was being out-competed for food and she had had it for 9 months, it would not still be alive.
Not true at all! Outcompeted for food doesn't necessarily mean that the little guy is getting literally nothing. He just might not be getting as much as the rest of them, or as much as he needs to thrive....causing him to grow slower and maybe even be a little stunted.
 

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How large is the tank?
 

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bizaliz3 said:
Not true at all! Outcompeted for food doesn't necessarily mean that the little guy is getting literally nothing. He just might not be getting as much as the rest of them, or as much as he needs to thrive....causing him to grow slower and maybe even be a little stunted.
Well, yea I guess
 
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bizaliz3 said:
Not true at all! Outcompeted for food doesn't necessarily mean that the little guy is getting literally nothing. He just might not be getting as much as the rest of them, or as much as he needs to thrive....causing him to grow slower and maybe even be a little stunted.
I observed him for quite long. Realized that he do eat but in a very rush way. SwI'm to eat and back to his place. Eventhough if there’s still lots of food and other fish did not eat, he don really dare to come out and eat. This only happen during feeding time. Other time he will come out and stay with them.

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How large is the tank?
Currently in 3 ft tank. But planning to upgrade the tank as the rest are growing kinda fast
 

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Gallon size??
 
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Fashooga said:
It's obvious that the BP is the low man on the totem pole. You could maybe try to put it in another tank to fatten it up for a few months. Perhaps that might help out.

It's getting food, it's just getting the left overs from dinner.
I will try this method! And see whether he grow or not. But he’s still very scare of us.

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Gallon size??
45 gallon
 

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Huh...? That is odd.......is he jumpy or skiddish at all??
 

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honestly, 45 gallons is small for 9 parrots. are you going to upgrade soon?
 
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honestly, 45 gallons is small for 9 parrots. are you going to upgrade soon?
Yea. Planning to upgrade. Cause when I got the tank from others, and the fish were so small when I bought them. But recently this 2 months I see them growing super fast. So planning to upgrade to a bigger one. What size should I get for 9 of them?

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Huh...? That is odd.......is he jumpy or skiddish at all??
He is very playful during normal time. But all 9 of them are afraid of us. They will still hide when we get near the tank (after so long!) but coming out only when they see we’re holding their food.
 

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I would personally put them in a 200.
 

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Probably somewhere between 180 and 200 gallons for them all
 

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He is very playful during normal time. But all 9 of them are afraid of us. They will still hide when we get near the tank (after so long!) but coming out only when they see we’re holding their food.
That might be it, he is probably scared of the other fish to go eat the leftover food when he is hungry again.
 
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That might be it, he is probably scared of the other fish to go eat the leftover food when he is hungry again.
Then should I bring him to another tank alone? Btw his colour is super red and nice. Whereby I have one big in size but pale orange in colour. Sometimes very pale orange. I asked around the fish shops and they just tell me they don know.

I’ll upgrade to 200 gallons for them asap.
 
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