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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Brian - 2010-06-29
Can parrot fish live in a small pond outside for the summer?

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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.
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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.
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paul - 2010-06-14
Just wondering if anyone could help me determine the problem I am having with my 80 gal. tank. The problem being I started off with 3 blood parrots ranging from 2 to 4 years old. I adopted another from a family member bringing my total to 4. One by one my parrots have been dying and the adopted parrot is still alive. I am completely frustrated and if somebody has any tips or reasons why this is happening please feel free to send me an e-mail. about the tank I run a fluval 405 canister and an emperor 80 gal. filter at the top. Feed them pellets and change the water only when it gets low or if the tank is dirty which is easy to tell because of white gravel.

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Christine - 2010-06-09
Can someone tell me please if these fish (the blood parrot cichild) is a dyed fish? How can I tell while looking in the store at all the fish if they are dyed? I notice that the blood parrot is described as a hybrid, however on other sites I am reading that their color is dyed? We are considering setting up a 40gal tank but would like to minimize if not totally eliminate the occurrence of dyed fish in our aquarium. Thank you for your thoughts.

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  • Ellen - 2010-06-10
    The orange colors are the "natural" colors. My understanding is that if they are white and small, they have not come into their color yet and are not dyed fish, but will gradually turn orange. The larger ones that are orange or are starting to turn orange, are the non-dyed variety. All other colors are typically dyed fish.
  • mark - 2010-06-11
    Hello, these fish can be dyed blue or black spots, yellow etc. fire red or pink
    is natural, bubblegum parrotheads usually are two tone, black and red or pink.
    I have five together they are timid and don't take bites, hard to explain. They
    suck food in, so they can't feed off the bottom or top. Must use slow descending food flakes, don't over feed. Any dye wears off doesn't affect water clarity. If they're red or pink, that's normal, have a hard time defending themselves against most other fish, they can't bite. A great fish with personality like oscars but won't grow as fast and not as dirty. Good luck, good choice also love to hide inside objects..
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kelsey - 2010-05-30
Gor how long are the blood parrot fish pregnant?

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shelly - 2010-05-11
My querry is that are the blood parrots compatible with the angels, bala shark and the tiger barbs in a 75 gallon tank?

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Cher - 2010-05-08
I have 4 blood parrot fish: two I haven't been able to sex and the other two are a pair. The two that are paired I've named Kong and Chiclet. Kong and Chiclet have laid eggs several times, none viable. The strangest thing happened the last couple times they laid eggs: usually Kong would chase Chiclet and they "kiss" , but this time one of the other smaller blood parrot fish (named Mini) seems to be fighting Kong for Chiclet. Mini would follow when Kong chases Chiclet and make several attempts to sneak in a "kiss" with Chiclet. Although Chiclet pushes Mini away he continues to try!! So persistent. I thought that once they pair up they keep breeding in that pair. Has anyone ever witnessed this kind of behavior before?

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  • clifford - 2010-05-09
    If blood parrot cichlids are sterile how do they reproduce because I have eggs and the female is protecting the eggs will they go ahead and hatch?
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seewai - 2010-05-04
My blood parrot fish's anus/vagina/penis (I dont know what sex) is sticking out. Is (it) about to lay eggs? is it a girl?

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Debrup Bhattacharya - 2010-04-19
Strange problem here - I bought four blood parrots just yesterday, two yellow and two red. One red and one yellow parrot is a bit larger than the other two. Now right from yesterday the bigger red parrot has gone berserk, head banging the other three throughout the night. Now all the four fishes look tired and have taken refuge behind my fake trees and they are remaining perfectly still. What should I do? Please help me out here. Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

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  • erick - 2010-04-21
    All the parrots have to be the same size, or the big ones will eat the smaller ones.
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-11
    Parrot fish do not have working mouths so they can not harm the other fish. You should be fine
  • saibal panja - 2010-05-10
    What is your tank size? Blood parrots need a fairly larger tank.
  • Wayne from Herndon - 2010-05-19
    I have four Parrots along with several other cichlids, two Red Devils, Three Dempseys and one Pleco. The Parrots are by far the most aggressive fish in my tank, it's kind of funny because they really can't fight, mostly because the way their teeth are formed. They are always trying to start a fight that they couldn't win, if it ever started. My largest Devil once locked lips with my largest Parrot, the Parrot got the worst of that. All in all Parrots are aggressive as are all Northern American Cichlids and they like their space, they will get along or they will kill each other it really depends on the fish and the size of the aquarium. Some cichlids have to be alone. There are some great posts on this board about cichlids take notes and enjoy a great Cichlid experience.
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