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sue taylor - 2006-01-18
We have a 150 gallon tank with a variety of small fish. we introduced a bloody parrot about one year ago and immediately she became the star of the tank...she is named Nemo and is a pale pink. About six months ago, we felt that she was lonely and introduced another bloody parrot, Dori. It was very entertaining watching them meet one another. It was a little rough at first, as Nemo was very territorial and would not let Dori eat. The newer fish hid during feeding time and actually came close to death. To ensure that Dori ate, I fed them when I noticed Dori out and away from his hiding place. Eventually, the new, timid fish began to eat and is now thriving.Those two fish are now inseperable and absolutely entertaining. We have added three more jelly bean parrots and they all get along fine. They each have their own territory. I never thought I'd see the day where I'd be talking to a tankful of fish, but they do recognize the hand that feeds them and greet me each time I stop by the tank.

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Anonymous - 2006-01-18
We have a mated pair that spawn every month or so. They're kept in a lightly-stocked 30 Gallon cube tank with rocks, aquarium sand & dense shells. The shell area is now exclusively reserved for the "family", other fishes are pushed out quickly. Several of the fry have grown to 1-2 centimeters and take care of the newer, smaller fry. Very family oriented fish. Easy to feed & care for and they seem to have a great personality.

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Frank - 2006-01-17
hi im Frank,i have two tiger oscars one albino and one regular. They eat like pigs. They are in my 55 gallon tank. I have a 55, 70, 30, 45, and 10 gallon tank. I have convicts that layed eggs and they hatched in my oscars tanks. Half of the baby convicts are gone from the oscars. my albino tiger oscar is 6 1/2' and my tiger oscar is 6'. They rip out my live plants like crazy so i dont get them anymore. they like rocky caves and rocks. to have a pair of oscars you need at least to have a 55 gallon tank. they have craps that are 2 inches long. that is what i know about oscars, i will tell you more next time

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jj - 2006-01-15
I just got 2 bloody parrots for Christmas and they are so cute and full of personality! One, I think he's a boy, is the brave one. He scouts things out for his woman and she follows his lead. They love to snuggle together and hide.

I love these fish and am hooked!

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Brian - 2006-01-13
hello i have had this fish before and i think your right about them having their own appeal. mine is not that demanding although he is very smart he chooses not to be. i have had him for two years and just bought another one tonight. my two year old is in a 55 gal which i bought just for him, and my new one is in a 30 which ive had for quite some time. THANK YOU

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Michelle Nelson - 2006-01-08
I have kept a Blood Parrot for over 7 years now. She is named Rose. She is extremely resilient and aggressive and will fight, kill and eat any tank mates that are put in with her including a 7 in plocastamus. She is about 5-6in long and she lays eggs often and after about three days or so will eat them. She has been the most wonderful and entertaining fish I have ever owned. She "Attacks" the glass whenever you approach it and will attack your finger if you put it inside the water.(Very Amusing) She has been kept alone only because she is so aggressive. We often put 20-30 guppies in the tank for her amusement, (not to mention it looks cool too) and they will slowly disappear over a few weeks. Small goldfish are ok but they don't have as many nutrients and have a tendency to be quite messy, especially if she only gets half of one in her mouth at once.

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Brew - 2006-01-03
I have 2 jellybean parrots, "Lola" and "Minnie Me" they are a couple! The best part of this couple is that they have babies. lola is very fertile, she has had two sets of fry already. unfortunately she ate the first set of fry. now, with the next set I separated them into a net breader. hopefully i come back with more good news. P.S. They love Brine Shrimp it's their aphrodesiac

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Joseph Lopez - 2006-01-02
HI. WELL THE OSCAR IS PROBABLY THE BIGGEST EATER OF ALL. I HAVE 1 TIGER OSCAR WHICH IS 9" AND HE EATS A VERY LARGE AMOUNT A DAY, IN FACT IF YOU DONT FEED THEM THEY GET VERY GRUMPY AND ANY OTHER FISH COULD BECOME APART OF ITS DIET. SINCE THIS FISH GROWS VERY LARGE VERY FAST HIS WASTE WILL EXCEED TO VERY LARGE AMOUNTS, THIS FISH IS PROBABLY BEST KEPT IN A LARGE TANK,

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Mary Dickinson - 2005-12-29
I have been collecting my four parrot fish for two years now. Although common rule is to keep them with fish their own size you'de be surprised. My parrot fish have been raised with a now 8" tiger oscar and together they can hold their own in the tank. It is actually quite amusing how great they can get along (including the fact that my oscar has to wait his turn to eat until the pack is done.) I usually am very careful about the fish I pick out but my last two parrots I took home were out of pity. One was discolored and one was a runt, both around 3" long. Now the pitiful things are 5" long (in a matter of 3 months) and brillant red. A key note I have discovered about this species are the difference in temperment. Those with more pronounced noses seem to more dominant than those whose noses are more smooth. In addtion, since I have two of each I've noticed that when they pair up they do so with a parrot of opposite characteristics. No fry, just eggs as a result.

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Justine Dillenbeck - 2005-12-29
We used to have a Red Devil. We named him Lips because of his personality. He grew to be around 10 inches long. When we first bought him he was only about an inch long with almost 20 other fish in the small 29 gallon tank. A year later only him and the algae-eater were still alive. And to think he was the smallest fish when we bought him! He had the best personality I've ever seen in a fish. Every now and then he would get really excited and hit his head on the rocks in the tank. He would float near the top for a minute or two then he would swim around and do it again! After awhile you could see a huge knot on his head. He would come to the top of the tank and we could feed him by hand. He was so cool. After a few years he got sick and he died. A few days ago we bought another baby Red Devil. We put him in the tank with one other cichlid, and he's already taken over! The other one is cowering in a corner and the Devil has complete control of the tank. I think we're going to call him Lucifer...

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