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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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.

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.

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?

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.

steve - 2008-12-31
EMi, We need to know things like:
When did you purchase the parrots, and what are your water parameters and chemisty readings.

tia - 2008-12-28
I've recently bought two parrot hybrids and a lemon Oscar, not knowing about the dying process or that they where dyed. So I've been doing some research on "Dyed Parrots and Oscars". I've now noticed both my purple and blue parrots as well as my lemon Oscar have been changing in color. Oscars fins are turning black and parrots are changing orange. I have all my fish totaling 8 fish in a 55 gallon and soon to up grade to a 120 gallon. I've found that when these fish as well as most mid to large size dyed fish grow, they loose the colorization. Basically they are not now sick but they were colored in a cruel manner and are now wearing the color, dye, chemical out. So in a sense we have all paid top dollar for legal animal abuse and now have to deal, and live with our purchase. I feel angry with my self for making this unknowing choice and will do my research before purchasing another fish. I found the best way to go with any fish is a natural coloration and try not to have the newest hybrid out till you find out everything you can on them before the big buy.

EMi - 2008-12-26
Help, my parrot fish were fine yesterday. Today I checked on them and 4 outta the 5 are laying on the bottom. I thought they were dead at 1st, but they are breathing and moving but they are kinda sideways and won't come off the bottom. Does anyone know what could be wrong with them or what I can do to help them? I paid $125 for 5 of them and really don't want them to die. please help!!!

Carla Fuentes - 2008-12-09
Hi my name is Carla, I have 6 red parrots. One of them had black color in about 50% of his body. The petstore manager told that was normal, but now the rest of my parrots are getting black spots all over their body. Why is that? Are they sick? I have a 55 gallon tank and other cichlids in it. Can anyone help me please!?!? This happened before to two of them, but I medicated them with Melafix (antibacterial remedy)and the black went away but this time all of them have it. Help please. Are they sick?

vanessa - 2008-12-05
I just recently became the owner of a fish tank that already had a Silver Dollar and an Algae eater. I bought an African Cichlid and two baby parrots (blue & turquoise green). The African Cichlid terriorized the baby parrots and wouldn't let them out of the rocks so I had to give him away (spots on the fin). I have notice that at this moment they are very shy fish as long as I am around the tank or anywhere in the room. They stay hidden in the rocks, and if I stand there long enough they will stop flapping their fins like they're playing possum with me. But, if I sit on the stairs and don't move they do manage to come out of the rocks. I feed them twice a day but I don't know if they are even eating. And I notice today when I came down stairs and watch them from a distance the Silver Dollar fish kind of fathers (redness on fin) them. The blue one picks at the green one and the Silver Dollar fish will get between them and if he sees me before they do he kinda flaps that back fin quickly and they dart back inside the rock. I plan to purchase two more parrots, an orange and maybe yellow (was going to buy a red one but I read something about the red one and I changed my mind) and maybe another Silver Dollar.

Aurora - 2008-12-03
My Parrot fish is listing to one side some of the time and looks like he is sucking the plecos. He hangs out with the plecos and seems to be afraid if the Jack Dempsey I have in with him. I like this fish and would like for him not to suffer. He is pale compared to when I got him and he is very young, just lost his black coloring.
The tank is a 20 gallon but I think I must get a larger tank soon. I feed flakes,mini krill,chichlid pellets plus the kelp for the plecos