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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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.
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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.

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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.
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hopeful - 2010-02-26
My new blue parrot got most of her tail fin chewed off ...is 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.....
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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!

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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

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LUIS - 2010-01-30
Oh man, I love blood parrots! The first one I had was dark yellow with ~19 cm and it lived for 12 years! Extremely sociable. During that time I also had a yellow-pink female Midus Cichlid (~23 cm) which lived for 13 years and they were inseparable. When the Midus Cichlid died, the blood parrot was so affected by it, that he stopped moving and eating and died 5 days later. That was a very sad week for me... That blood parrot, contrary to the usual shy behaviour, was a bit exhibitionist and he was extremely curious about anything! The times I put my arm inside the aquarium for arranging the sand or plants, for example, the blood parrot was all curious about what as I doing and was all over my hand trying to figure out what was happening, while all the other fish hid themselves somewhere. He actually let me touch and caress him, something I've never seen a fish do!! He was so funny to look at. I miss him. Just wanted to share this with you.

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Cari Cook - 2009-12-17
My friends and family think I'm nuts when I talk about playing with Daisy, my 1 year old Blood Parrott who outgrew her hiding place while inside it! Thankfully, we got her out unharmed. I have never enjoyed a fish so much! She's mean though, can't handle a tank mates. Killed a sucker fish and some snails.

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Anonymous - 2009-07-27
how do i know if there a male or female

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Abril - 2009-07-23
I have 2 BP - Big Punk is a little over 8 years old and Meanie is 5 or 6. I used to have a school of 4 Angel Fish and the BP and Angel Fish co-existed very nicely (the last of the Angel died a few months ago, after about 7 years). Actually, the 6 of them banded together and attacked all new fish (I wasn't able to add any new fish except for catfish, whom they seem to leave alone). Big Punk is getting old and it's harder for him to eat now - my heart aches when I watch him trying to catch the food but miss - and Meanie would come and pushed him away as well. I wish there's something I can do to help him. Like many of you have pointed out, BP have great personalities and I never get bored of watching them - kissing, pushing, digging, moving gravels by the mouthful from one end of the tank to the other, etc. Amazing fish - I love them.

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