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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Tristan - 2012-06-10
Can I put a large blood parrot with lake malawi cichlids in a 5ft tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-10
    The Malawi can be pretty aggessive.  I do not think the blood parrot would fair well.
  • Tristan - 2012-06-13
    Do you have any other suggestions of what large cichlid I can put with the lake malawi cichlids.
  • Kerri MacPherson - 2012-10-16
    I have a 8-9 inch blood parrot in my 90 gallon with everything from a Oscar to a pike cichlid to peacocks and a zebra long as they are similar sized they all get along parrot actually pushes the Oscar around.
DeanaLeana Lee Simpson - 2012-09-26
I had just gotten my blood parrot cichlid and I am in love with her! A few questions, I have read up about the breed but she has been exhibiting some strange behaviors like staying close to the top of the water. I was worried about her not eating but I've only had her for 2 days and maybe give her some time to settle in. I don't have a cave or anything but there are plants and rocks to hide behind, is that why she is on top of the water???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-27
    First thing I would do is test the water to make sure the levels are where they are suppose to be.  Is there enough water movement?  Maybe add so airstones.  Other fish in the tank? Size of tank?  Is the fish gasping at the surface?
Deepan - 2012-06-18
I bought a yellow parrott fish 2 days back. They always hidding in bottom only. And they didn't eat anything. Please can u tell how to make them eat .

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-18
    It takes a few days for new fish to settle into their new home.  They need to get used to sounds, decorations etc and then they will be fine.  Regarding feeding these guys - scroll up in ths Animal World article and read care and feeding.  Enjoy
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-18
    Make sure your water levels are right.  Try some blood worms or some live brine shrimp to get it going.
Jv - 2012-06-05
PLS HELP. I had these 2 JBs for about 5 days. One I thought would be the female cuz she had this orange spots on her belly and her protruding spawning tube, the other one would probably male cuz his bigger size and pointed fin. The two were peaceful, but they don't spend much time together. The male stay under a driftwood, and do some digging. The female sometimes also go the place of the male and do some digging to. Is there posibility that they're spawning to occur? Just confuse.

Jon - 2012-06-05
I just bought two blood parrots and put them in my tank. I have plenty of hiding areas, a live plant, and the water tested fine. As soon as I put them in, one of them is lying on its side at the top corner of the water. He seems disoriented and in my non-expert opinion, I am worried that it's dying. What can I do or will my new companion snap out of it?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-06
    Did you do a slow acclimation? Check your water levels. May need more oxygen in the water.
Ronel - 2012-06-05
We just bought our 2 parrot fish and they seem fine at times. What should the water temp be. We had a friendly tank with bala sharks x2, silver dollars x2 1 x plessie, but our electricity went out during the night and the water temp dropped so drastically that they died. Can I feed them blood worms?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-05
    70-82. They can eat bloodworms. flake, pellets, they are usually good eaters.
frances dick - 2012-05-04
I have a blood parrot and I dont know much about them, I've had him 2 months. For a week now he has been laying on his side at the bottom of the tank, but when I'm at the tank he will swim to the top and act o.k., then when I walk away he goes back to the bottom. I had the water checked and it was o.k. What should I do ?

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  • Jaffer Malik - 2012-05-04
    Loneliness maybe a reason, I'd advice u to add another blood parrot to your tank. Cauz blood parrots prefer n love staying in pairs or a group..
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-05
    Sounds like he needs a tankmate.
  • stevo - 2012-05-18
    I agree. Get that fish a playmate. But always check ur levels as well.
  • stevo - 2012-05-18
    if hes coming to the top to feed your fine.
ajay - 2012-05-09
I have a blood parrot the fish store only sells floating food will it eat that? And which time should I feed him?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-09
    It should eat it depending what it is. During the day is normally good. Maybe try a different pet shop or order online.
  • ajay - 2012-05-09
    They sell this tiny green and red floating food.
  • ajay - 2012-05-09
    All other shops sell floating food and it stays in the clay pot when there is light,comes out when the room is dark or when there is dim light.
  • stevo - 2012-05-18
    I've got 7 bloods in 2 differant tanks and they all love tetramin pro crisps or freeze dried baby shrimp & live brine shimp treat once in a while. Not a fussy fish to feed at all. Mine are about 3 to 4 in. Pellets are good as well. good luck. Great fish
ezz - 2012-05-13
i have got 2 parrots 3 days ago, and one of them is biting the other's fins , should i separate them.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-13
    Just make sure they have their own areas to hide if needed.
Anonymous - 2012-04-14
I have a blood partot fish and all the sudden it is getting brown spots on it!! Is this normal or a sign of stress or a disease??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-15
    Parrots do get dark spots when stressed. Any tankmate changes? Check water conditions.
  • abhishek - 2012-04-16
    I have 4 baby blood parrots about (3inches). They are good in health but many times one of them sit on the ground of the water. Is she have any illness and two of them have getting black from up side..
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-04-16
    Same as above. Check water levels. Parrots will develop spots when stressed.
  • abhishek - 2012-04-16
    And my parrots are rubbing themselves on stones and glass. What can I do?