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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Beth - 2009-05-18
Two years ago my boss "rescued" a 75 gal. tank from someone who was closing a business and had no interest in moving the tank. We quickly became attached to our tank and fish. We have a red parrot couple in the tank. They are about 4-5 in. in diameter. They laid eggs in the tank about a year ago but they or the spotted catfish must have eaten them. One month ago, our office had to close. I'm so thrilled that I inherited my fish! My male Parrot will do the kissing thing with my 10 yr. old daughter when she approaches the tank. It's hysterical! When the female parrot gets tired of this flirtation, she will race over and push the male away from the glass! My parrots share a tank with 4 Silver Dollars, a large Pleco, and the spotted catifish. The parrots have such odd/wonderful personalities! I plan on purchasing a few more.

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anushka - 2009-05-15
My red parrot has laid eggs. I shifted the stone with eggs to another tank but have not kept the mommy parrot along with them? Do I need to keep her with the eggs in a separate tank?

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BrianP - 2009-05-10
I have had the same Blood Parrots for the past three years. They are fantastic each with its own personality. I currently have 5 of these beauties and they are in prefect health. Tip; the Black Spots a few of you mentioned in your posts are a warning sign that your water is getting bad. Check all levels and make sure they are ok. This also happens occasionally if you do to much of a water change. I read below someone did 2/3, this is way to much. The most I would recommend is 10% change at any given time.
Plants are a great way to keep nitrates levels down, but they fight and work hard to dig up everything... I found small thick leafed plants work the best. They will dig them up so be creative with the setup. I for example have a roman column theme in the tank and I used a $1.99 column bought at a local pet store and laid it across the top of the plants to keep them weighted down. So far this has worked perfectly. I wish I could give advise for the tank that is spawning, but from what I read about it is a rare occurrence with BP's and has never happened in my tank. Best of Luck...
As far as other tank mates. I have to say this will be a trial and error type of deal. Every suggestion on the internet I have read has sometimes worked and most times didn't. For the 2 years I have a Spotted Catfish that has survived and actually has a fling going with my 1 electric yellow chichlid, both sleep and stay glued to the hip together and are both about 4 inches. Shocking or not, for a year a male Betta is in the tank and he is very peaceful to the BP's. My youngest BP is a minimum 4 inches, so this probably attributes to the calmness in the tank. Another very wierd yet perfect companion for my large guys are mini crabs. Make sure they have places to hide but they clean up the tank better then anything I ever had before. I have 3 males and 3 females roaming around and they are great to watch. The BP's are two fast for the crabs and they can't bite them, so it leads to a very comical scene in the tank. Mine crabs have a tendency to perch on the top of one of my columns and when an inquisitive BP comes along he gets slapped across the face with large crab claw...Makes me laugh everytime....

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tamara - 2009-05-08
I was not aware of how these fish got there neat colors before I had purchased my first 2 jellybeans. I was so shocked and saddend by what I read! I have now had my little fellows for over a year. They were blue and green when I got them but now are a peachy color and in a 18 gallon hexagon tank with a 40 gallon filter. They are the only fish in the tank and are between 1 and 2 inches each. I went through alot when I first got them; before these 2, I had another set which had ich and died right away but I was determined to learn how to maintain these kind of fish!The petstore reimbursted me for those 2 fish of which I had paid 20.00 a piece for. Yet still one of them came down with ich also, so with "barry" I call him, I isolated him at the first site of illness and after a week or two in my little "hospital" tank, he was cured and now is the biggest of the 2 fish. My ph is genrally on the high side but I do water changes every week or so just to be safe. I really do enjoy these fish. They know when I come to the tank and actually take the krill right from my fingers at the top of the tank...so neat.

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Anonymous - 2009-04-11
Just a note Chris,

A 1.5 gallon aquarium isn't anywhere near large enough for even a small fish that needs filtration. It would be fine for maybe a Betta, but definitely not a cichlid of any kind.

Minimum tank size for an adult BP at least 40g.

Use a filter and do WEEKLY water changes of at least 15%.

Hope your fish hasn't died.

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Jamie - 2009-03-18
First of all you guys should really research the fish you bring home, thats why they are all dying and getting sick. Those jellybean parrots are not going to stay those amazing colors, they wear off. As they get bigger they turn a sort of skin tone color. Not so pretty now huh? I advise everyone to not buy those jellybean parrots, it's cruel what they do to them to get them that way and most of them die in the process. On another note someone said it doesnt look like they can open there mouths? This is a defect. When they were cross breeding them that was part of it. They have very small mouths and can't move them correctly, their spines are also bent and sometimes they move very slowly. You need to make food small enough for them to be able to eat it when they're little, as they grow it gets easier.

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Chris Williams - 2009-02-16
I just recently bought a blood parrotfish, a week and a half ago. I bought it from walmart and took it home and named him "phin". I noticed he had ick. I called the pet store and found out I was reaching none of the requirements for this type of fish at all. He was in a 1.5 gallon tank on the count of I did not know he would grow to the size of a foot ball. The ammonia level in the tank was always sky high because I did not know about the action of cycling the tank.( The ick was not my fault it was walmart's...and I will never buy a fish from there again.) I had no idea that the temp. was supposed to be arond 78. So we ended up spending over $150 just on a fish that itself cost $15. We went and got a 14 gal. tank, a heater, 3 packs of gravel, a coral cave, fake plants, a thermometer, and a pretty metalic blue background. He is now cured from the ick and his gills are growing back since they were being burned from the ammonia level. He is now very shy because we put him through a lot, and he stays hidden inside his cave. When he does come out and is swimming, he will notice I am looking at him and swim VERY quickly back to the cave. He is now more comfortable now that he has something to hide in instead of being out in the open 24/7. When he was out in the open, he would go to the back corner and lay flat on his side to try and be invisible. I felt so sorry for the little guy. Now I know I better do some research before I go buy some exotic fish like this. I am now planning to put 2-3 tiger barbs in with him/her.

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Wolf - 2009-02-13
My aunt has always really liked what I call "pirate fish." I have nothing against hybrids, so I looked up some info on them. Some said they'd be fine with an oscar, some said they'd fight. I wasn't going to get one until I went to my local fish store the other day and saw these HUGE 8"+ BPs. I had been wanting a friend for my 8" oscar, but figured he'd rip the little ones to shreds if I even tried. Seeing such big guys for only $25 sealed the deal. I picked out the biggest one (mostly a deep orange with some black on his fins and underbelly) and immediately named him Shamu.

As soon as I got home I placed his bag in my 125g. Felix, the oscar, seemed mildly curious, but didn't pay much mind. I released him into the tank, and Felix swam over to him right away. He opened his mouth as wide as I'd ever seen it and viciously attacked him. The BP wasn't fighting back. I turned out the lights, hoping to give him a rest from the beating, but it went on all night.

When I woke up the next morning, Shamu had some scales missing, but was otherwise okay. Felix wasn't going after him anymore. From then on they were buddies. Now they swim together, beg together, and even dig in the same sand pit together! The pirate fish even learned to eat from my hand, and when there are pellets at the surface, he'll sort of "bob" out of the water, looking just like the whale he was named after.

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christy - 2009-01-29
I have 2 blood parrots and they are both orange, but about every 3 weeks the male turns speckled black. Within 4 days he turns back to orange, without any trace of orange. This has happened every since I got them, almost a year ago. I was wondering if this has to do with mating at all?

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O - 2009-01-08
I have two jellybean blood parrots and they laid eggs, which I didn't expect to survive. The babies did hatch however, and I am not sure what to feed the babies.

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