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"I have had the same Blood Parrots for the past three years. They are fantastic each with its own personality. I currently have 5 of these beauties and they are in prefect health. Tip; the Black Spots a few of you mentioned in your posts are a warning sign that your water is getting bad. Check all levels and make sure they are ok. This also happens occasionally if you do to much of a water change. I read below someone did 2/3, this is way to much. The most I would recommend is 10% change at any given time. Plants are a great way to keep nitrates levels down, but they fight and work hard to dig up everything... I found small thick leafed plants work the best. They will dig them up so be creative with the setup. I for example have a roman column theme in the tank and I used a $1.99 column bought at a local pet store and laid it across the top of the plants to keep them weighted down. So far this has worked perfectly. I wish I could give advise for the tank that is spawning, but from what I read about it is a rare occurrence with BP's and has never happened in my tank. Best of Luck... As far as other tank mates. I have to say this will be a trial and error type of deal. Every suggestion on the internet I have read has sometimes worked and most times didn't. For the 2 years I have a Spotted Catfish that has survived and actually has a fling going with my 1 electric yellow chichlid, both sleep and stay glued to the hip together and are both about 4 inches. Shocking or not, for a year a male Betta is in the tank and he is very peaceful to the BP's. My youngest BP is a minimum 4 inches, so this probably attributes to the calmness in the tank. Another very wierd yet perfect companion for my large guys are mini crabs. Make sure they have places to hide but they clean up the tank better then anything I ever had before. I have 3 males and 3 females roaming around and they are great to watch. The BP's are two fast for the crabs and they can't bite them, so it leads to a very comical scene in the tank. Mine crabs have a tendency to perch on the top of one of my columns and when an inquisitive BP comes along he gets slapped across the face with large crab claw...Makes me laugh everytime...."

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