Princess Parrotfish

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  1. LB Dantzler

    LB Dantzler Active Member

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    Looking for some advice on our newly purchased princess parrotfish, or at least that's what they sold it as, could be a quoyi but I can't tell the difference. We have a 55 gallon tank with live rock and fake coral. In the tank now, we have a pair of clowns, a blue spotted puffer, and a pair of cardinals.

    Everything we've read online after the purchase was that these parrotfish can be difficult to care for, they can be picky eaters, and they typically need a larger tank than the one we have. I was just wondering if anyone out there has experience with these and if they could offer some info on this.

    The employee at the store that sold him to us said that he would be a good fit, and from past experiences he's seemed to know what he's talking about, but I just want to see what others with experience raising these fish think.

    Thanks for the help!
     

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    Only thing I do know is it should be housed in a larger tank than a 55. Unless you have future plans for a bigger tank.
     
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    They like a mixture of foods.. They like there greens as well... IMG_1147.JPG
     
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    Eventually a larger tank is definitely necessary
     
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    He's 3 inches now, about how long until you think we would need to upgrade our tank size? How often do you feed yours?
     
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    I feed my tank smaller amounts 3 times a day.. My tank is in my home office so I'm there a lot.. Smaller feedings but frequent feedings are so much better than one big feeding... My parrot likes those algae sheets, mysis, just about anything..
     
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    That's a really pretty fish. I always loved parrots but never kept any myself. Awesome personalities.
     
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    Awesome, thanks for the info. How big is the tank you have yours in?
     
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    220 fish only... IMG_1304.JPG
     
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    Wow, awesome setup! Those are some monster puffers!
     
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    I love my puffers... I will probably have to upgrade to a 265 or 300 in the future... But I do weekly water changes and my parameters are spot on.... But eventually will have to upgrade.....
     
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    Maritimer Well-Known Member R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Reef Squad Leader CTARS Member Build Thread Contributor

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    LB Dantzler, you've definitely got a princess - and this is going to sound odd - but he's coloring up very nicely indeed! The bold striping across his eyes is typical for a princess parrot. Tkiry1's parrotfish is a Quoy's - note the green cheek patch, flush of orange behind. They both share the pink / blue / green patterning in their body scales, but in different configurations, with the Quoy's taking on a pink flush to most of its lower half. The pectoral fins differ as well - princess are primarily yellow, Quoy's are blue with a red/orange band.

    I've been devouring everything I could find about these guys, and just brought home a Quoy's parrot about four days ago. So far, he's come out of his PVC fitting in QT to look around briefly, but hasn't really begun to explore - and hasn't begun to eat. (I know he was eating at the shop - I could see the scrape-marks on the liverock. I also know that shop had him for about three weeks.) He's frankly making me nervous.

    What I've been able to glean from reading around is that, although primarily algae eaters in nature, they'll often take things like mysis and small pellets in aquaria. If they'll come out of their favorite PVC fittings!

    ~Bruce
     
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    Bruce's id is spot on.

    Parrots feed on a variety of foods in aquaria and benefit from multiple feedings and grazing opportunities.

    A larger tank will be needed sooner rather than later. Because even though yours is still small, parrots are very active once they get used to their surroundings.
     
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    Thanks so much for all the info, we returned her today.. it wasn't easy, but we knew it was for the best.. couldn't keep her cooped up in a 55 gallon
     
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    Hopefully you'll soon have a tank big enough to hold one ... but even if you never do, anyone who reads the above will know you're a conscientious fishkeeper!

    ~Bruce
     
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    Wow. You did a very responsible thing today that a LOT of people would never do! I am so glad you did the right thing and I wish others would follow your lead. The pet store should have asked what size tank but a lot of retailers don't care they just want the fish gone. Maybe next time just do some more research before you buy. :)
     
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