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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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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Mike - 2005-09-22
Hello aquarium people! I have a 55gallon tank with a variety of fish.
2 blood parrots,1 silver dollar, 1 ever-expanding pacu, 1 firemouth, 1 needlenose gar, 3 monos, 1 yellow lab african cichlid, 1 painted tetra (the oldest guy in there!), 1 jelly bean parrot, 1 convict, 1 jack dempsey, 1 green severum, 1 cray fish at the bottom, and i think that's it. I know it seems like a lot but most of them are still growing.
THE MAIN THING I WANTED TO SAY is that my blood parrots rule the tank and more than hold their own with the rest of the fish. I'm tired of hearing the same old false claim that these are "timid" fish and "perfect targets" for other fish to harrass. They have been trying to breed but no luck yet. I don't really expect their luck to change anytime soon either.

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Holly - 2005-07-23
I have five blood parrots in a 50 gallon tank. They are extremely agressive. Not knowing they were cichlids, when I first bought them they were eating all my community fish, then I separated them all. I did buy another large Ciclid (Can't remember which one though) and he pecked at them until one of them almost died. So that fish went back to the fish store. The only other fish I could put in the tank is the Plecostamus algae eater. They are all Orange and range from 6 - 8 inches in size. The larger ones try to bite me when I get into their tank. they actually attack my hands so I use the net to keep them away. They are beautiful to watch. I have two filters, a Penguin filter on the back and an underground using the Rena Filter which is really easy vs. my Eheim I had previously. They have always been healthy, no diseases, no deaths in over Five years. I do a 25% water change and filter changes every month. I feed them Hikari Cichlid Gold pellets which keeps their color vibrant. Other than that they are wonderful fish to watch and care for.

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Karen - 2005-07-03
I purchased 3 parrot fish that were entirely black. As they have grown, one is almost white, the other orange, and the third black and orange. They continue to change colour.

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Dr. Lan Phan - 2005-05-23
Hello everyone in the aquarium hobby business. I'm a proud owner of a 200 gallon Oceanic Show tank will the following fishes: four blood parrots, two silver arowanas, three silver scats, two silver dollars, three clown loach, five red tail sharks, three rainbow sharks, opaline gourami, golden gourami and a plecostamus. Everybody is approximately the same sizes except for the plecostamus and silver arowanas. The water chemistry is as follows: pH-7.4, nitrite-0, ammonia-0, nitrate-10. Feeding includes freeze-dried blood worms, Omega One super color floating pellets, and on occasion as a treat frozen Hikari blood worms. Water changes are accomplished by doing a twenty-five to thirty percent of water every month. Filtration Emperor 400, four Ehiem 2217 in line, four 2215 in line, 3 Maxi-Jet 1200 and 3 Maxi-Jet 1000 for circulation. Additionally using Tetratec DW96-2 to run a 48 inch. bubble wand. Temperature is set at 82 degrees farenheit. For lighting I used four 10,000K and two 50/50 bulbs. Decorations consist of clay pots, African drift wood anchored down by slate, tall long artificial plants, and many hiding places too. I hope you enjoy reading this.

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Khristie - 2005-05-20
I must have been one of the unlucky pet owners because my fish is NOT shy and NOT calm! He's extremely agressive! The last time I cleaned the algae out of his tank, he bit my finger and latched on! He didn't let go! And I just fed him not even an hour earlier! Nevertheless, I still love Skittles.

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Amy - 2005-04-29
I have 2 jellybean fish. I love watching them rearrange their home. The rocks and plants are moved all the time. They are truly amazing fish.

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jamie davies - 2005-04-05
i have 3 blood parrots and they are in a malawi tank with 6 malawis they are good companions and dont bother each other at all...
my biggest parrot is 5 inches and the others are 2 inches and all my malawis are 3 inches big....
my parrots are the most playful fish they interact with my malawi and dont argue over teritory.....
i feed my parrot once a day on nurofin spiriluna pellets, tetrafin pellet and krill. So they get a good balanced diet and i keep my water temperature at 26 degreec celseas............
my PH is 8.0 and they are the best fish you can have there wonderful characters...............

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heather and roger - 2005-04-03
We have two Jelly Bean parrot fish (blue and pink). They are in a tank with a few african chichlids that seem a little aggressive toward them. we also have a giant gourami, irridescent shark, 2 snails, a cory fish, and a spotted sucker fish. We did have 9 ghost shrimp but we soon found that they are a good treat for the parrots. Overall they seem to be holding their own. They seem to like people and come right up to the glass for attention. We enjoy them very much. Good luck everyone with your fish!

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