Parrot Fish

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish' started by oceansurf, Mar 13, 2009.

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  1. unclejed

    unclejed Whip-Lash Squid

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    Wow, o.k. I too don't look there often, thanks.
     
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  3. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Yes, it is a fresh water parrot fish, if that makes a difference. One member said a 10 gallon was ok for 1 parrot fish.
     
  4. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Fresh Water Parrot Fish

    Is it easier to raise a fresh water parrot fish in a 10 gallon aquarium as a single specimem? I thought that a fish would only grow as big as the aquarium would allow.
     
  5. fazool666

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    Not true - my G/F had a pair in a 20G a few years ago that could barely swim because of their size. Like most people, she bought them small because they were cute and within a few months were 6"+ long. I told her to upgrade the tank or sell them to someone who could take better care of them and she decided to sell them because she couldnt fit a larger tank in her apartment at the time.

    You could get away with having a small one in a 10G for a month or 2 but after that IMO they need at least a 30G due to size / appetite.
     
  6. unclejed

    unclejed Whip-Lash Squid

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    Many fresh water species will only grow to their environmental space. I don't know about Parrots. An article I read said they grow to 8" or more. If you are determined to keep one in a 10 gal. be prepared to return it for credit (if possible) or think about a 20 gal. Biocube or a little larger tank.
     
  7. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    Size

    It is only slightly larger than when I bought it. ( maybe 2 or 3 inches ) I'd like to keep it in the 10 gallon as the only fish. It is a fresh water parrot.

    Will a fish grow only to the size that the aquarium permits ?
     
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  9. fazool666

    fazool666 Sea Dragon

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    Some fish do, parrots don't. It WILL outgrow the 10G sooner than you think
     
  10. steve wright

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    +1 on the comments about a 10 gallon being under sized for the long term health and happiness of a Parrot fish

    if you got 1 small enough then the tank may accomodate it for a short period, but for long term success a larger tank of say 4ft x 18 x 15 with a pair of these in, plus a robust cat fish and also a plecostomus for clean up duties ( parrots are messy eaters) would be ideal IMO

    For the benefit of Larry and Guy

    the last thing you want is to have to return to your LFS and inform the owner that the parrot is dead, does no longer exist, has ceased to be. is pushing up the daisy's, has shaken of this mortal coil, it is an ex parrot

    Steve
     
  11. oceansurf

    oceansurf Purple Spiny Lobster

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    What is the minimum tank size for 1 specimum fresh water parrot fish ? There are no other fish, no ornaments & a powerful filter. I have a 10 gallon @ present. Will that be ok ? I know he will do better in a larger tank, but will he not just grow to the size the aquarimum permits ? I am satisfied with a smaller Parrot. Will this work ?
     
  12. Matt Rogers

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