Animal Stories - Blood Parrot


Animal-World Information about: Blood Parrot

The Blood Parrot is just about the most curious result of cichlids interbreeding, and has created quite a stir in the aquarium hobby!
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Delores Prostek - 2010-02-26
I have three blood Parrotfish for about five years now and notice that one of them is developing small holes in its forehead between the eyes. They do not seem to be infected but one of them is getting quite deep. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I can do? I'd certainly appreciate it. The residents of this retirement community really enjoy them. Thanks

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-02-27
    It sounds like you are describing what is called Hole-in-the-head disease or Lateral Line disease. It is usually seen in oscars and other large cichlids. It is not fatal and has been something of a mystery as to the exact cause. Non-optimal water conditions are what is usually cited as the cause. Also a diet that is not varied enough. There are medications which work with varying success rates, but it is usually suggested to improve conditions in order to halt the advance of the disease.
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Ted - 2014-09-05
Do not buy jelly bean, love heart, or other modified/dyed blood parrots. They have a shorter life expectancy and are often inhumanely modified. (love hearts tails are amputated at a young age, jelly bean and other dyed fish have a shorter life expectancy due to the dye. ) new owners be warned. Do your research.

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randall - 2014-08-11
I have a 5-6 inch parrot ciclid and convert to a deep orange to a mild yellow once I turn lights on. What's up? There is another parrot ciclid that 4-5 inches that the same color all day. Could they be 'mating'? Of course they pick the gravel all day and disbrute it around the tank. Thanks Randall

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    They could be mating, all that rock cleaning is an indication of that. But many Blood Parrot Cichlids will change color with age as well, this is presumably because of  the Midas or Red Devil Cichlid parentage. Both of these cichlid species are known to change coloration as they mature.
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numra - 2014-07-27
Hi I am from Pakistan. few months back we buyed four jelly bean fishes. Two were orange and two are yellow with tattoo. They are accompanied by some 2 small catfishes, most of the time they went fine, got friendly with us and played. Their were small fights between them but it got OK after some time. however recently the yellow ones dominated the tank, and orange got submissive (previously they dominated). Then the orange parrot fish started becoming silent, hide more often and changed to dark color. yesterday night one of them changed from its color from orange to pale red.....swollen and it died, it was so painful to watch her die. And now the other orange fish has white lips, red spots n black spots. Please guide me in simplest term what to do... I am from Pakistan, no much testing kits are availabl here to check PH and everything. So dont ask me about it. I do 90% water change every week, and my water is very clear.ither fishes are fine. but plz guide me what to do about my jelly bean fish which has white lips and red and black spots.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-07-31
    Cut back on the amount you do at water changes. 20% weekly is plenty. Your removing to much of the bioload which the fish need. Also jellybeans are often dyed which makes them more susceptible to diseases.
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becky - 2014-07-06
My female blood parrot is hiding under the filter and I'm starting to worry about her, she laid eggs 5 days ago and has been digging holes everywere and going around checking on the holes and then spitting eggs into the holes, only a few eggs turned white, the rest were tanned colour but didn't notice the black dot on them, her and the male ate the bad looking eggs last night and now she won't come out from under the filter, she's not stuck, I'm to scared to go into the tank and chase her out in case she stresses out and I get bitten and fish slapped. Help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Your female sounds fine, but it always amazes me, the interesting behaviors that animals display when they are in breeding mode. I wouldn't worry though, just let nature take its course (the female is doing what she deems necessary). And yeah... maybe keep your hands out of the aquarium unless you need to remove the eggs or do other maintenance. That will help reduce any additional stress on her.
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Cyndi - 2004-04-16
My "fish guy" at the pet store informed me that my orangy fellows live approx. 90 years! Heck, I can see the look on my kids face when she reads my Will - Daughter gets the blood red parrots. I wish I would be there to see the look on her face.

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  • Jordan Lorilla - 2014-04-26
    When done wrong, they die extremely fast, but even when done right, they probably won't live 90 Years! But you'll probably enjoy your blood parrot for a good 3-10 years if done right. The exact age the fish will live depends on the individual, but it'll probably live in that range.
  • Kathy - 2014-06-01
    I had two beautiful Parrot Fish, Peter and Patty, for eight years. They died within a couple of hours of each other. They always played together and bred. Of course the eggs never produced. They are a beautiful animal and fun to watch. They would also stare at me through the glass when I was in the same room. Some people have compared Parrot Fish to a dolphin. They are very friendly and do get used to seeing you. Afer they passed, I bought more (8).
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munusamy.s - 2014-04-05
My fish are very hungry.

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Powerpa - 2014-03-15
I have a blood parrot. I have had him for over 6 years... He is Very Big and I love him Dearly. His appetite started lessoning for a couple weeks and I kept trying anything new like dry baby shrimp and Krill. Seemed to help. First feed of krill then no more, just sat uneaten. Baby shrimp he liked better. Last weekend I noticed his gill on one side looked like a tear or fungus or something? I used a teaspoon of copper safe and it seemed to look better over night. By the time I came home from work though this redness and tear looking frayed spot looked bad again. So I did a partial water change and the spot fades from bright bloody red to his normal color. I reduced the temp to 70 because I read warm water breeds bacteria and I thought would help... He started jumping and banging his head on the lid... So I put temp up to 74 and still he was banging his head! This jumping up to the roof of his tank he does off and on regularly... Usually at feeding. I know my tank is too small but he lives alone as he is aggressive. Today I noticed his nose has gone yellowy and I am very worried to say the least :( Is his bruising from bumping his head on tank lid or a sign of underlying illness or water quality? Please help :( I do not want to lose my beloved boy. My mother calls him Mick Jagger beccause of his big lips lol I have always called him pinky. His color often goes from bright red to faded pink when persons other than me come in while I am away. But with me he's always a happy loving fish.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-03-20
    It sounds like he is unhappy in his environment, and banging around will cause injuries. I suggest getting him a bigger tank, a 55 gallon would be the absolute minimum.
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sheryl gleason - 2014-02-25
I have 2 blood parrot fish, 1 I had about 2 weeks before I got this other one and this bigger one is always bullying the smaller one. I got worried for the smaller one and put him a different tank was that wrong to do? Should I just have let them work it out on their own or should I just keep them away form each other? I really love them and want them together but don't want the smaller one hurt can some one help me with this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-25
    It sounds like you did a good thing. Blood Parrot's are generally peaceful, due to their shy nature. However they do have aggressive parents, and so some show aggressive mood swings. The other thing you can do is look at your tank, make sure it is large with plenty of rock formations that provide hiding places. With enough room and decor, you can also try removing the other too, then rearrange the tank and introduce them both at the same time. That sometimes helps as neither then has a 'territory' it thinks it needs to protect.
  • sheryl gleason - 2014-02-28
    I have tried to redo the tank and put both fish together in at the same time and watched them for an hour. The big one still bullied the littler one, everywhere the smaller one went the bigger one was there pushing and really bumping him hard, i got really worried the smaller one was going to get hurt so i took out the bully fish. He is in a smaller tank for now, i don't know what to do with them not getting along, ok i have a tank with an oscar about the same size as my bully fish, would it be wise to put them together? I really don't know what to do here?
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AquaTramp - 2009-06-27
Blood parrots do fine with larger community fish. Due to them not being able to bite to defend themselves, I would not put them in a tank with aggressive fish as they can not defend themselves. All they can do is a lot of pushing. Another mild cichlid should be OK such as the Severum, tho.

"Bubblegum" parrots are those that have been dyed. "Jellybean" parrots are the off- spring of your female blood parrot with a convict. Jellybeans are often mistakenly referred to as dyed which is incorrect information. Male blood parrots are infertile so if you have a pair of BP and they spawn, don't get exicted. The eggs will not live. The female can have fry with a few other male cichlids, tho.

Parrots can get Blood Spot Disease from poor water conditions. I do 50% water changes in all my fish tanks including that of my blood parrots. Some parrots also get black skin pigmentation so do not confuse this with the black spot disease.

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  • sherry cotten - 2013-10-27
    PLEASE help us we are beside ourselves, we have a thirty gallon tank and we had two parrot fish. One was getting sick swimming upside down, lost color, would not eat, was hiding, we got the ick stuff and fish first aid and it seemed to bounce back and forth. We went to serveral pet stores and read a lot of on line info, also had black spots on head and fins then they said it was just stressed and stop treating tank and we did and fish died and now the other has spots. We have been doing water changes and did one yesterday but water smells and we are not sure what to do as other seems to have like itchy skin and spots WE DON'T WANT TO KILL ANOTHER FISH WHAT ARE WE DOING WRONG? THANKS, SHERRY.
  • bp - 2014-01-09
    To Sherry. How big is your tank? Have you checked your water conditions on ph, ammonia levels, nitrite, and nitrate levels as well as the correct temperature? Are you feeding with a good mix of food including pellets, peas to prevent swim bladder, or brine shrimp/blood worms for treats. Are you doing enough water changes like a recommended weekly? And do you have other fishes that may bully your blood barrots?
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