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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Michelle Nelson - 2006-01-08
I have kept a Blood Parrot for over 7 years now. She is named Rose. She is extremely resilient and aggressive and will fight, kill and eat any tank mates that are put in with her including a 7 in plocastamus. She is about 5-6in long and she lays eggs often and after about three days or so will eat them. She has been the most wonderful and entertaining fish I have ever owned. She "Attacks" the glass whenever you approach it and will attack your finger if you put it inside the water.(Very Amusing) She has been kept alone only because she is so aggressive. We often put 20-30 guppies in the tank for her amusement, (not to mention it looks cool too) and they will slowly disappear over a few weeks. Small goldfish are ok but they don't have as many nutrients and have a tendency to be quite messy, especially if she only gets half of one in her mouth at once.

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Brew - 2006-01-03
I have 2 jellybean parrots, "Lola" and "Minnie Me" they are a couple! The best part of this couple is that they have babies. lola is very fertile, she has had two sets of fry already. unfortunately she ate the first set of fry. now, with the next set I separated them into a net breader. hopefully i come back with more good news. P.S. They love Brine Shrimp it's their aphrodesiac

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Mary Dickinson - 2005-12-29
I have been collecting my four parrot fish for two years now. Although common rule is to keep them with fish their own size you'de be surprised. My parrot fish have been raised with a now 8" tiger oscar and together they can hold their own in the tank. It is actually quite amusing how great they can get along (including the fact that my oscar has to wait his turn to eat until the pack is done.) I usually am very careful about the fish I pick out but my last two parrots I took home were out of pity. One was discolored and one was a runt, both around 3" long. Now the pitiful things are 5" long (in a matter of 3 months) and brillant red. A key note I have discovered about this species are the difference in temperment. Those with more pronounced noses seem to more dominant than those whose noses are more smooth. In addtion, since I have two of each I've noticed that when they pair up they do so with a parrot of opposite characteristics. No fry, just eggs as a result.

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Rudi 11-30-05 - 2005-11-29
Parrots are great! I've had one for nine months. he was the size of a dime when i got him, for real. the manager of the petshop told me he came in a batch of fish and was not something they regularly carry. Nine months after he is already four inches, I am amazed at how fast these fish grow. I just went back to the shop today and picked up two more.

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Julie Sanchez - 2005-11-25
I have four parrots. When i got them they were yellow, red, blue, and green becuase they were painted. They like to fight a lot. Also they love to hide in the rock a lot. I have had them a year already. They are very territorial but they don't fight with my goldfish, i guess because my goldfish are a lot bigger. they just did something today. I got new little goldfish and i don't know which one did it but they ate one of the golfish's eyes. I got angry at them because they never did anything like that before and i have always had smaller goldfish in the tank. They weren't hungry as i feed them very well so i put them in a new tank alone. The water was not filter and cold so they are being punished. I am joking i moved them to stop them from hurting the other fish. They are very strong so they will be okay in the new tank.

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Shane Lambert - 2005-11-04
I have only kept Blood Parrot Cichlids for a few months now, and recently moved to a new house with a new tank. I tranferred the Cichlids to a tank that had been running only 2 days with a Penguin BioFilter. Over the past couple days, I noticed two of my 4 were building a nest under a log and keeping others away. Today I noticed Fry in the nest - between 15 and 20. The two parents guard the nest aggressively and even bring food into the nest. I never saw the eggs although I did look for them.

The other two, who are not (yet) parents are also somewhat agressive but have not killed any tank mates yet. Tank mates include two Red Velvet Swords (one female and one male) and a large (10.5") Pleco.

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JP - 2005-10-31
We have two tanks, 90 gal & 125 gal, both tanks have 2 parrot fish in them. Big tank has varity of sizes of tinfoil barbs, 2 silver dollars, an eel and a few other misc. fish. Parrots are fine until I clean the tank. Been bitten often, but they are still too small to hurt.

Small tank had a blue and a green parrot, but within three weeks the color in the fish changed to the pink color. Water is fine, fish are fine, just not colored anymore.

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Claude` - 2005-10-26
Hi All. I live in South Africa. I have 2 blood parrots and 3 tiger oscars in 110 gallon tank. the Oscars are about 6 inche where my Oscars are 10-12 inches. although there is size difference, the parrots hold their ground against the oscars.

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Jack Nelson - 2005-10-22
Blood parrots are real interesting creatures. I own a fish shop in
singapore and I can sell about 15 a day. I recommend placing a slate bridge in the tank. After a week, they will get used to it and will play around it often.

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joenice - 2005-10-11
i have 3 parrot fish in a 30 gal with a silver arowana goldfish and a koi. The 3 parrot fish 2 are inches, aro is a good 6 inches, koi is a thick 6 inches,
and a fat gold fish, 2 inches.

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