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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hayley wills - 2013-02-04
Hi i'm just wondering I have 2 parrot fish, a pleco and a mollie in my 4 ft tank and none of them seem to come out, they just hide all the time. Is there anything I am doing wrong? I've tested water and everything is fine.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-04
    That is normal for the parrots and pleco.  The molly should be cruising around though.
Riya - 2013-02-04
I have one pair of blood parrots but I don't know if it's a correct pair or not. How do I find a male and female parrot?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-04
    Sexing them is difficult. Males will show a pink around their gills and on the throat when they are in spawning colors.
karthi das - 2013-01-19
I brought a pair of parrot fish, electric blue, electric yellow, tin foils, kissing gourami in my tank.... will it be safe to put them together? Help me guys. Thank you.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
    How large is your tank? The larger the better. I would be cautious putting all those fish together... blood parrots are not usually considered 'peaceful' community fish because they can get aggressive. They can sometimes get along alright with other fish of similar size however. If you have an extremely large tank with plenty of hiding places you can try putting them altogether. If they start fighting you will want to separate them.
Rock Sor - 2013-01-04
'The second commonly suggested cross is between a Central American cichlid and one of two South American Cichlids: the Red Devil Cichlid Amphilophus labiatus (previously Cichlasoma labiatum) and one of either the Severum Heros severus (also called the Banded Cichlid) or the Blue-eye cichlid Cryptoheros spilurus (previously Cichlasoma spilurum).' Only one of these fish is from South America, and that's Heros severus. Both Ampilophus labiatus and Cryptoherus spilurs are from Central America.

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  • Claudia - 2013-01-18
    Well done atricle that. I'll make sure to use it wisely.
DEBORAH HICKEY - 2012-02-18

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-02-19
    Depending on size of the 2 it should not be an issue. Also make sure they arent overcrowded. Red Parrots are a fairly peaceful Cichlid.
  • Deborah Hickey - 2012-02-21
    Thanks for the reply, I will buy one today :)
  • Cynda Johns - 2012-09-06
    Where did u get ur blue dolphins?
Anonymous - 2005-02-08
I have 6 Jelly Bean Parrots. The oldest is about 5 months old and the youngest is about 2 months. They are all quite small, the oldest being about 2 inches in length. I noticed the other day that they have started to breed. I have about 30 or 40 babies in the tank now. I had no idea that they could breed this early, also everyone told me that these fish are sterile but they seem to breed quite well. The parents of the fish that I have are also the hybrid Jelly Bean Parrots.

They are great little fish, and they are beautiful as well. Their natural color is a pearly white with a mother of pearl type shimmer to it. They can be a bit territorial and will fight over the best caves but get along fine other than that. None of mine have ever injured each other in there little spats. They also love to follow you if you walk by the tank. Now I just have to find homes for about 40 of the little buggers. Geeze.

Dhoni - 2013-01-17
What are the possible tank mates with parrot fish?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
    They can be kept with Angelfish, peaceful catfish species such as Plecostomus, Corydoras and Glass Catfish, Kuhli Loaches, livebearers like Swordtails, and characins such as Tetras,and Silver Dollars.  This being said some of these fish develop a mean streak so keep a close eye on them if kept in a community tank.
karthi das - 2013-01-16
I bought 2 new parrot fishes today...and kept it along with 3 Electric blue fish...parrot fish starts to fight with electric blue....plse help me guys...wat to do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-16
    Try re-arrangingtank.  Maybe add some moe decor for retreat as well as breaking their line of sight.
Wendy - 2005-05-11
I have a jellybean parrot in a 75 gallon tank with a Red Devil, 4 convicts a Jewel and another one that I have no idea what it is!!
Anyway, my convicts are extremely territorial and aggressive, but let me tell you! they don't get ANYTHING over on my Jellybean!!!! He is very peaceful and alot of fun to watch, but when the convicts get a little testy and try pushing his buttons he puts them in their place in a big hurry!!!
He had a mate, but unfortunately she(?)died when I switched them from the 55 gallon to the 75 gallon. They are very elegant fish if they are
left alone by the other tank mates!!!

sydney - 2008-12-22
Hi there.
My parrot always hide. We thought they were dying at first. However, we have discovered they are very healthy. They have plenty of hiding space but if we are anywhere in near their tank they hide and don't come out!
WHy is this?

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  • Charles - 2010-03-03
    Hi there, I just got my parrot fish, and mine is doing the exact same thing. The funny thing about it he watches me, and as soon I move he hides! =) Still searching for an answer!!
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-20
    Give them time and they will soon come out to interact with you. Ours were the same when they were new. Now they watch every move and when I stand up (my fav chair is 6 feet from their 55 gal. tank) they follow my movements by swimming from one side of the tank to the other. They are the coolest fish I have ever owned. I absolutely love watching them. Several months ago I purchased 'T' connectors for plastic plumbing pipe. I thought when buying it that it would improve the quality of their habitat. Actually it improved mine. I have had such fun watching their antics as they hide from each other then and playfully ambush a passerby or play chase with each other. I have had fish over many years, these guys are like no other fish I have ever had. I hope you have similar experiences with yours. Best of Luck, although I don't think you'll need it.