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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Scott Ferguson - 2010-04-11
I have had a blood parrot cichlid for for about 6 months now. For some reason he is now losing his pigment. He was a dark brown and now over time has become white. Should I be concerned or does this normally happen. He shows no signs of fatigue or stress.

gle - 2010-03-20
i have two parrot fish in my tank. I bought it 2 days ago, problem i've encountered when i feed them they're too far from my other fish on other tank they always love eating. Am worried may die because they're not eating. How many times should i feed them.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-20
    Try putting the food where the parrot's are hanging out. They should get the idea within a couple of days I would think. It is possible they could go for several days, even a week without being comfortable enough to eat. If it goes on for longer, I would isolate them. Use either a divider or another aquarium for long enough to get them eating.
Christine - 2010-03-18
I have two parrots that spawning but so far no babies, is it bad for them to keep them together and allow them to continue knowing no babies will be produced? Also they are the only fish I have in a 38 gallon tank, I have a filter rated for a 75 gallon tank but I want to know if this tank is too small for lord and lady McFisherston?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-03-18
    As long as the fish are not physically hurting each other, it should be okay to keep them together. The fish can get up to 8 inches so at 1 inch per gallon, your aquarium should be big enough, especially if they have good filtration and maintenance is kept up. The one inch per gallon only applies to smaller fish so your with larger fish, the number goes down such that your aquarium with two larger fish are probably nearing the minimum tank size.
  • brittany m - 2010-03-23
    The tank is ok for juveniles and as for the spawning thing its more likely you will not see any babies due to the fact most males are sterile but more and more people are reporting that they were succesfully breeding. It shouldn't be a problem they're just doin their thing.
Anonymous - 2010-03-06
i have a 2 gallon tank for a parrot the size of a quarter is that enough space?

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  • Amanda M - 2010-03-12
    Not even close... sorry. You need a 55 gallon to keep that kind of fish. He will get BIG and they poop a lot so you need a really good filter.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-25
    No each parrot needs about 10gallons of space to thrive no matter how big they are these are messy fish think of them as oscars in the waste department.
Dan - 2010-03-08
I recently purchased 2 Jelly Bean Parrots to go into my 39 gal tank. I have a mixture of fish in the tank ranging from 1Angel, glass cat, gold dojo's and zigzag eels. Imagine my surprise when doing a bedtime feeding I saw what I at first glance thought was a group of bugs at the bottom of my tank. I then noticed that my Jellybeans were chasing anyone who dared to come near the bugs. My Jelly's had BABIES. From what I figure there are about 100 youngsters. Mom and Dad are bringing flake food to the babies and spitting it out in front of them. They moved them to the back corner of the tank where they can guard them better.

Heather H - 2010-03-05
I bought a blood parrot 4 months ago, it was about 2 inches long when I bought it. I've always wanted one, did the research and they were described as "peaceful", so I made the purchase. Added it into my 50 gallon angelfish tank and it became so aggressive towards my other angels, it killed almost all of them. I had to remove it and set up a 30 gallon tank to isolate it for now. I don't know why it is so aggressive. My angels were all almost full grown and it chased them, head butted them and would not let them get towards the top of the tank to eat at all. I have a few angelfish remaining, and since I took the blood parrot out there is a huge change in their behavior. They are no longer hiding from it and fleeing open space. I love my blood parrot but it's extremely aggressive, it's now about 4 inches long. Growing faster and meaner by the minute. I plan on setting up a parrot tank for it and a parrot mate ONLY. Never again will I add it with other fish of any kind!

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  • Matthew - 2010-03-25
    I know what you mean. I had my blood parrot in a tank with an Oscar and two tin foil barbs and had to remove the oscar, they constantly fought. now it tries to chase down the barbs, but they are too fast for him, it is like watching an everlasting game of cat and mouse with fish. they are all about five inches.
  • Tommy - 2010-04-02
    They seem to go great with my discus fish and my yellow lab cichlids. People told me the same thing and many of my fish were killed by them. Parrots are extremely aggressive. Good Luck.
hopeful - 2010-02-26
My new blue parrot got most of her tail fin chewed off there any way she can survive? I've seperated her from the other fish, but i don't know if it's to late?

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  • Dave - 2010-02-27
    She should be okay unless it gets infected or is bleeding. You could try an antibiotic (fin or tail rot medication) just to make sure. Moving her to a place where she is not being bullied is essential.
  • Donna - 2010-03-04
    Make sure you turn the heat up a bit.....
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.
Andy Olea - 2010-02-13
I have 1 Blood Parrot Cichlid in my 40 gallon tank with a gold gourami, angelfish, RTS, black mollie, and bolivian ram and I must say, she is an absolute sweetheart and is cute to watch wobbling around the tank. But she does have the will to defend herself! When I added her about two months ago, nobody had a problem with her except my very tenacious black mollie. It just kept nudging her and trying to shove her aside. Coincidentally, the BP, whose is named Akai, is 2 1/2 times the mollie's size and much heavier! I was starting to get worried about her, but then after THREE HOURS of this, I left and came back into my room to find that my black mollie had a pizza-slice shaped bite into its tailfin! After that, there has been no problem from the mollie towards my BP and his tail has healed. These fish are the best and are so cute to boot!

monie - 2010-02-01
I bought 2 blood parrot fish as rescue fish. They are beautiful. Romeo and Lil Girl I call them and both were approx. 3. They are wonderful pets and I adore them.
Romeo became ill within 2 months and slowly went down hill, fighting ick and other dark marks on his body, losing his brilliant orange color. 4 days ago he developed swim bladder disease. I was devistated and tried everything I could do, talking with pet stores, internet, friends, etc. He died this morning after living on the bottom the the tank upsidedown. It was awful!!! I cried and I cried. I am now afraid for lil girl's mental health and planning on getting a new friend for her. I hope this is the right thing to do. Missing Romeo. Monie