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Black Spot Disease?
January 30, 2010
2:13 am
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Reva
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Once again, I found two baby parrot cichlids in a tank of africans wanting to rip them to shreds. Brought them home and put them in the tetra/barb tank. They had black on their fins and faces that I thought were just black coloring. After about three days in my tank, they were plain orange all over (Much to my surprise!). Now it's about two weeks later and the black spots are back. So I put rid ick in the water and they seem to be fewer now. NONE of the other fish in the tank have had any spots or problems. Any idea what this is??

January 31, 2010
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Hey Reva, a pigment disorder or scabs from fighting maybe?

Cake or death?
February 1, 2010
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Scar/repairing tissue. I don't know why it appears dark on pale coloured fish. I suppose there could be melanin deposited to act as a UV screen on the regenerating tissue. I'll try to find out.
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April 16, 2010
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Hey, I have 5 parrots myself. One of them is yellow (bred backwards). Anywho, my yellow guy has black on him and two of my parrots have have black on them too. The funny thing is all the black on all the fish are on the same spots. I've tried doing a water change followed by a treatment of malachite green and it took the black out of one of fishes fins but thats it. The black is still on their back (not a dark black). So I have no idea if its black spot disease or just natural coloring. It doesn't seem to be bother them, they are eating fine (and eating my corys too mind you!). I just keep doing my weekly water change and hope for the best /smile.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":)" border="0" alt="smile.gif" />

April 16, 2010
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as juveniles blood parrot cichlids are not the yellow/orange they are as adults - - they are a very dark grey/green/black which fades into striping then fades all together as they get older.

when black spotting appears on adults/young adults it is a symptom of stress usually provoked by poor water quality. blood parrot young adults also need places to hide (I am sure you have noticed how they become skitish when you approach the tank) a lack of places to "hide" can also provoke the stress marks.

try increasing your water change frequency and adding some more cave-like decorations to your tank.

how large is your tank? a pair of blood parrot cichlids need atleast a 50 gallon tank!

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