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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massivepaddy - 2010-03-14
I have a 60 litre biorb life tank and have recently added 2 parrot fish to my take that already had a large angelfish and 2 dwarf gourmis.
I have just had to remove my angelfish as the parrots were bullying it so bad. They were pinning it to the side/bottom of tank and biting it. Is this normal, will they do this to any fish i put it the tank?
The angel just seemed to give up and let them tear chunks out.
I thought the tank would be relaxing but i just feel stressed.

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  • fishfancy - 2010-03-17
    I had the same experience with a blood parrot that I recently bought, so I suppose it's normal. I added my blood parrot to my community of a male betta, a pair of swordtails, some zebra danios, rosy barbs and a platy. At first the parrot seemed to be peaceful; but by the second day, he had claimed half of the tank as his territory and was aggressively driving everyone else out. The last straw was when he nipped off nearly all of my betta's lovely fins. At that point, I decided to take the parrot out of the community tank and gave it a tank all to itself.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-21
    i have a 55 gallon tank with community fish such as 2 bloodfin tetras 2 red rasboras 2 scissor tail fish and a chinese alge eater. i put two parrots in my tank and they are so peaceful. they are so shy i can't beleive they could even be aggressive.i also have two gugppies in this tank.
  • fishieman - 2010-03-25
    Angelfish are the most peaceful of the Cichlids did you check for spawn because if they did it will most likely be infertile and get fungus but they will still guard it fastidiously and kill most tank mates that cannot escape their agression and like most animals each fish has a personality and you probably got the worst of the bunch.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-26
    If you are having aggression issues with your blood parrots, one thing that I've learned is that if you re-organize the tank ornaments/plants every time they are showing agression, they will be forced to re-claim their territory. This will eventually neutralize the territory. You shouldn't have to do it more than a couple of times depending on the level of agression. Be sure that there are plenty of places for them to hide. They will feel most comfortable this way.
  • Tony - 2010-04-06
    Parrot Fish can either be passive or aggressive. Angelfish are about the same way. Dwarf Gouramis are passive. If a parrot fish is not in a tank where it can have a cave to defend it will be more likely to attack anything in all areas of the tank. Angelfish are usually top swimmers and would do better with a parrot guarding a cave at the bottom of the tank. It works for me but all fish are their unique self, no matter what temperament they are supposed to have.
  • kristin - 2010-04-15
    You'll have to separate them from the community fish. Since the blood parrot is a cichlid, it is aggressive to fish considered community fish.
  • SusanS. - 2010-04-21
    I also have 2 blood parrots, a couple different cichlids, and a shark in my tank, and the blood parrots are the shyest ones, they huddle together in the corner behind some foliage and only come out when they think they will be fed. They never bother any of the other fish.
  • Prateek - 2010-06-04
    Angel fish is not compatible with blood parrot so you should remove angelfish from the tank.
  • urbanlex - 2010-06-04
    Hello, I have a 65 Gallon High Tank. I have 2, 6 inch Parrot Fish mixed with 7 medium to palm sized African frogs, 3 very aggressive African cichlids that have committed murders in the past by sucking the eyes out of an Oscar.

    Two large silver dollars and it worked out well for me. so far everyone is holding their own. The parrot fish are tough guys from what I can see not really aggressive in a bad way more like a survival and pecking order thing. Remember a parrot fish is a cichlid.
  • mark - 2010-06-11
    Gouramis may bite your angel fish and parrots may bump fish usually each other. They can't bite. Get rid of the dwarfs if anything. Parrots suck food in, not eating. Parrots are very stressful fish. Need to hide. Timid. Maybe stay away from cichlids. Don't mix with a frail fish like angels, mollies will work.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-30
    It's because blood parrots are territorial.
    So they will feel threatened sometimes around other fish, which causes them to be aggressive. It's eat or be eaten in fish world.
  • cara - 2010-07-24
    My parrot fish are fine with fish smaller than it (but not bite size fish), but will beat up fish that are the same size. Also they get very territorial when they are about to lay eggs.
  • punkz zappa - 2010-07-25
    They had this attitude 2 bully other fish esp. when they establish territory in the tank.... so separate them or put a more aggressive cichlids like red ice its fun to watch them running around for their lives don't worry the red ice had this strong endurance.
  • Mango - 2010-08-25
    60 litres is far too small for 2 parrots (:0 sorry I one for like oh here we go another banging on about over stocking etc but, they are getting aggressive because the space they are in is far too small, so if you want a peaceful tank best either up it a lot in size or stick to smaller fish otherwise you'll find you will all be highly stressed out :/ we all learn one way or another lol I've only just realized that parrots eat guppies just found tail hanging out my mango 4 1/2inch yellow parrot (so best not put with small fish unless feeders ) my mum has 6 parrot fish in a 'V Large' tank, with plenty hiding places plants & lots of open space too also in with other fish of all sizes & absolutely wonderful with all no aggression seen at all (other then little kissing nudges when invading each others pot ;) hope all goes well.
  • helen eren - 2010-09-04
    That tank is massively overstocked! 60 litres isn't even enough for 1 angel let alone what you have in there now. Removing the angel is rewarding bad behavior in a way, I have 1 angel and 1 parrot in a 150litre tank and they get on fine due to the space, but really they shouldn't be in the same tank.
  • RougeAgent94 - 2010-09-15
    It depends on how large your Blood Parrots are. Because they cannot close their mouths BP's headbutt other fish and usually kill them by smashing them against the walls of the tank. This usually happens when they are first introduced but usually calm down after a little while. BP's are known to be semi-aggressive so I suggest that you put them with other semi-aggressive fish like Tiger Oscars or perhaps Severums. You can also put Iridescent sharks and tinfoil barbs with them. I would put in some more BP's. The Angel Fish will probably die if you put it back in there because they are so docile.
Kathy - 2010-08-03
I have a Jellybean parrot fish that isn't eating. It acts like it wants to eat by going to the surface of water....but can't seem to get food in his mouth. I don't see anything unusual about his mouth ....but my other parrot fish has some white spots on tail.....but is not acting sick. Can you help?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-04
    If this is a new fish then most likely they have ick ,some might show resistance to it. If your fish is bullied which is frequent in the cichlid world then it will complicate matters. Check Ph should be close to 7 ,slightly acidic or alkaline is okay nothing in the extreme and temp.within normal range low 80's specially with the ick in your tank to dispose of it I prefer using coppersafe than rid ick but again this is a matter of choice and I have been lucky with this med. after proper dosage remember to change water the 3rd day maybe 10 % , do not do too much as you will stress the fish ,apply the meds again on the 3rd after water change maybe 80 % of recommended dosage and water change on the 5'th day. this is what I would do but again every hobbyist has there own thing. they should respond within a week .only feed once a day to help keep water clean during this recovery period...hope this helps
Curious J - 2010-08-11
How do you tell the difference between hybrid and non-hybrid blood parrot?

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  • Dave B - 2010-08-13
    When we say that they usually should be bred with a non-hybrid fish to have eggs that are not infertile, the non-hybrid fish cannot be a blood parrot, but one of the species that bred to produce the blood parrot. By definition the blood parrot is a hybrid.
jennifer - 2010-05-08
I just bought my son a small parrot fish and he's in a 10 gallon tank for now, is that too small to buy another parrot fish to put in with it? He seems lonely and I want to go buy his friend that he was with.

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  • gregg - 2010-05-15
    You can if he is the only other fish in your tank, but within a year you will need to purchase a bigger tank a 30 gallon would be fine, start looking at garage sales and flea markets or your local newspaper.
  • curtis - 2010-05-23
    Yes you should go buy a bigger tank
    they need room to grow. For each parrot, you need at less 35 gal
    .... ... ..hit me back if need more help..........
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-24
    Yes they get pretty big about 9''
  • Lucifer - 2010-06-30
    If he's a baby then the 10 gallon is fine for now but when you notice them growing they will need a 30 gallon tank and eventually a 55 gallon tank.
    They love to swim around and hide so I would invest in a bigger tank if he's going to have 2.
  • wanda - 2010-07-31
    Yes it is too small the minimum size to start with is a 30 gallon
    please read up on the care for these fish.
David Baldock - 2010-07-16
Hi. We have a large red parrot fish. He/she is a real character. Jessica has taken to picking up stones and moving them around the place creating large mounds. She gets uppity when I clean the tank (100 ltr) and tries to bit me. One night she swam around the front of the tank upright at the top and upside down along the bottom. All our other fish have since died so after leaving her alone this week we got another small parrot fish and they are very good together. Jessica follows me around the room and if I sit she just stays still and looks at me.

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  • Alam Khan Shazeb - 2010-07-18
    Yes, the parrot fish can be tamed as they are produced scientifically. Well I also have a parrot pair which has recently laid eggs and I am a big fan of their behavior.
  • Melissa - 2010-07-27
    Sounds like your blood parrot is a female and when she moves the rocks around she is getting ready or has already laid her eggs. If you have other fish in the tank, she will be very aggressive and run them off every time they come close to the eggs. My female will do this several times a year. Yours may lay only once a year or could be every couple of weeks, just depends. She will be in a foul mood for about a week or so until the eggs have become moldy and are eaten. My parrots like to follow my finger all around the tank. They are a great fish to have.
Dean - 2010-07-24
I was recently given a large blood parrot which is round about 7 inches, so would say near enough fully grown now I had 6 already approx 3/4 inches the large one and one of the smaller ones soon paired up digging gravel getting down to the filter where today I noticed eggs had been laid unfortunately they didn't last long, as they are in a large tank which is 5ft in length 3 foot high, and my large synosis cat got the eggs along with some of the other parrots. I have seen reports on here with regard to eggs being infertile and would probably would not hatch, just wondered if anyone has had success we breeding pairs, as if they had I would put the pair separately in a new tank alone to give them a chance, any info much appreciated.....

joseph harper - 2009-09-28
I have two large blood parrots in a 75 gallon tank with 1 small gold nugget pleco. I have a bare bottom tank with lots of drift wood which they both love. I have 2 eheim 2217 filters with spong pre filters. I do 2 weekly 35 gallon water changes with the tap water filter. My ph- 6.5 gh- 35ppm dh- 35ppm. ammonia-0 nitrites-0 and nitrates-o. Temp-80 degrees. I ALSO USE CHEMI-PURE which I change once a month. I have dedicated this tank only to these two blood parrots. Its like having two dogs, they greet me when I come home from work, they are really cool. I feed them frozen blood worms, parrot pellets, discuss pellets, and some high protein flake. It would be cool if I had a male and female but I have never seen any eggs. The biggest secret is the water changes, filters only play a small part. joe h

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  • alamkhanshazeb - 2010-07-18
    It's really hard to distinguish the pair ......... well luckily I have a pair of parrot fish and they lay eggs every month.
Brian - 2010-06-29
Can parrot fish live in a small pond outside for the summer?

Kate - 2010-01-22
I have had my tank for about 2 years. I started out with 3 Balloon Mollies. Now I have about 15. I saw 2 parrot fish and I fell in love. I bought both of them, one was pink and one was blue. Now the pink one is almost a peach color and the blue one is now a peach/white. I was not told that they had to be keep at a certain temprature or they would loose their color. My Balloon Mollies were fine with no heater and populating well. I just bought a heater for them and my question is: Will they get their color back now that the tank is set to 80-82.

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  • Brian - 2010-02-24
    No their natural color is a shade of orange/ yellow. Any other colors are dye that will wear off as they grow. The dyed fish also get sick more often. I have kept Parrots for over 10 years, currently I have 13 in my 120 gallon tank. I adopted a dyed one from a pet store and nursed it back to health several times before it finally died. They are a joy to keep.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-12
    The parrots that I have had for 6 years fluctuate with color and I swear it is due partially to lighting. During the day they fade and at night and/or in the morning they are bright orange again. Also they start fading as I keep the aquarium light on.
  • Matthew - 2010-03-25
    Kate, if you still have the parrot fish, try feeding them Cichlid Gold by Hikari. This particular floating pellet helps enhance the color of you fish. I feed these to my Oscars and my Jellybean (parrot fish) and they are doing well. Ph can also affect their color, you want that to be in the mid 7's to lower 8's if it is too high (Alkaline) the scales will appear cloudy.
  • Mary - 2010-04-03
    Dear kate... sorry to tell you your parrot fish are dyed. I bought 2, one was deep blue and 1 was yellow. The blue one started to fade, so I called where I got them and they said that they dye them different colors. I was so mad, I took the blue one back. I still have the yellow one and I have 1 angel that it doesn't like. Sorry for the bad news.
  • kristin - 2010-04-15
    No, they won't get their color back. The natural coloring of these fish is the peachish red, they get the blue and pink by dying the fish different colors. The dye fades after a while, but don't have them dyed again because dying fish is harmful to the fish and could kill them.
  • Emmy - 2010-04-20
    Hi. The reason that they lost the color is because they where tattooed parrot fish it has nothing to do with the temp. My husband studies them and if you do some research you'll find that people tattoo the color on to the fish so they can look beautiful and colorful but the color never lasts. Also with color they don't last as long as their normal life span is supposed to.
  • Roy - 2010-04-21
    The colour you are seeing now is the natural colour of the parrot. Breeders dye the young parrots at a young age and market them as bubble gum or jelly bean parrots. They look very bright for about 2 months then start to loose the dye as they grow. Heating your tank will keep them healthy 72 - 84 degrees but will not bring the colour back.
  • Connie - 2010-04-23
    The temp. of the tank has nothing to do with their coloring. These fish are injected with dye to give them the blues and pinks and purple colors as they grow and over time these colors will fade away, it is not healthy for the fish.
    A good temp would be 76- 80 degrees and keep it at a stable temp.
    Not sure how big your tank is but parrots get pretty big.
  • Cher - 2010-05-08
    is it possible that they are the jellybean or bubble gum type that are actually a very light color and dyed to look pink and blue. From what I know they can't be naturally blue.
  • dave - 2010-06-02
    The color of the parrot fish also depends on what food you give it.....tinned blood worms or dry worms would help them get their color back.
  • Prateek - 2010-06-04
    No blue blood parrots are dyed with artificial color they lose their color when in contact with sun rays or either high temperature. your pink parrot may get its color . Most of the times the color depends on food diet.
  • Joe - 2010-06-13
    When you bought these fish they were probably injected with die or color, so to answer your question, no they will not get their color back, and they didn't lose their color because there was no heater, parrot fish are naturally anywhere from a white to an orange color. Hope this helps.
  • karin - 2010-06-15
    I heard that these fish are dyed the colors mine was a rescue fish and are normally pink to peach color.
  • Jon - 2010-06-28
    I doubt the color will come back. It is added to their pigmentation when they are in infancy.
Cliff - 2010-06-03
My Parrot Fish are quite big now I have two. One's larger than the other they run away if go to them. They love digging the gravel they wreck the 155 Litres tank with 2x Dens and a Fake Log Den/Decoration which they love. Had other fish in with them had to remove as killed an angelfish-removed all my other fish to another tank. As they have been alone this long should I keep like that or will more parrots being added make them more sociable? Or different species of fish very stuck?

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  • justin jones - 2010-06-28
    It's probably too late to have a community with your blood parrots unless you add enough fish to distract them for a longer period. They will eventually co-exist.