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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Anonymous - 2012-12-20
The water quality in my 55 gal. tank is very poor due to neglect. I am cleaning it and noticed my parrot cichlids, although acting fine and as curious and as interactive as usual, seem to have something going on around their eyes. The white tissue that surrounds their actual eye seems to lack the smooth nature I had previously noted. They follow me from one end of the tank to the other and up and down as I am cleaning it. For that reason, it seems their vision is intact. There are four of them and each one has this to varying degrees. I also have a few convicts, mixed fruits, gouramis and South American cichlids but have not noticed them to have this malady. Would you know what this might be and if there is anything I can do to remediate this situation. I will be grateful for any light you can shed on this. Thanks in advance for your help. M-

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    Not sure what that is, but because you aren't seeing anything with the other fish I'd just keep an eye on it. Many problems will right themselves when the tank is kept maintained. Good luck!
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Val - 2012-03-13
I noticed a sluggish reaction in my fish and they kept twitching on the rocks and staying in the top of the tank in the corners. I was told it was ick. I have been treating the tank for the past 2 days and my fish is still sluggish, laying on their side and beside objects, but they will eat. What else can be done or is the liquid super ick cure too strong? This is what I was given at the pet store.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-14
    Are they showing the white spots associated with ick? Test your waters levels. Ammonia may have spiked. Do you have enough water and air in tank?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-15
    have you added Epsom Salt and raised temp?
  • Anonymous - 2012-03-14
    Yes I do and know today they are laying on their side and not eating at all. I have the tank full and good filtration. I'm so sad:(. I don't know what else to do for them. I know they are only fish.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-04-08
    Sometimes there is just nothing you can do like you could have the absoulute best fishtank in the world with the most high powered equipment and the fish could still die. It's nature though in your case have you ever heard of the disease velvet that could be the cause. It is like ick though it is worse and harder to get rid of hope your fish get better.
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Arijit Sarkar - 2012-02-07
I have 2 love heart blood parrot in my 55 gal tank. they are shy but not much, they love to irritate my severums. I dont know why they hate severums so much. In the same I have Green terror, blue dolphins, jellybeans etc,but those 2 hate only severums. It's a funny scene how they jointly chase my 2 severums.

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  • Anonymous - 2012-02-07
    Looks like you may have to choose between the two. Eventually with all the harassing, illness will develop and possibly spread and infect the entire tank. Cichlids need a LOT of room, one per 10 gallons for the 6' size, since they are very territorial. It is possible after you remove the severums or the blood parrots, either ones may turn on the green terror or other fish. Another thing you can do is buy another tank. :)
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Linda - 2012-05-13
What is a good fish that my JellyBean parrot fish could breed with?
I want babies!:)

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  • Kerri MacPherson - 2012-10-16
    They are actually a high bread them selves cross a red devil and a severum you get a parrot mine has tried to breed with our midus, red devil but they are very hard to breed successfully
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Janie Dennis - 2010-10-26
I have a 55 gallon tank, I have all real wood and plants. I have one plecostomus, one dragon fish, one african water frog, three blood parrots, and small guppies for food. I've had other fish in the tank like kissing fish but my parrot fish seem to be really aggressive and they beat them to death. They are aggressive with all their tank mates and they like to eat the guppies too. When I bought these fish I was told they were passive/shy fish but that has not been my experience at all. I really like them a lot and would never get rid of them, they are fun to watch and a lot of interesting things.My question is should I just have just parrots in this tank or do you know of a breed of fish they are certain to get along with?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-10-30
    Hi we have two blood parrot fish have you tried chillids as they seem to be ok.
    We have been told that with parrot fish it's advisable to get similar size fish we have some mollies and tiger barbs and so far everything ok
  • Alex Burleson - 2011-10-30
    Blood Parrot Cichlids, are genetically engineered fish. They are going to have a range of personality wider than most species. From personal experience, I had a male-female pair, they were always passive, yet stood their ground staunchly. Plecostomus' are acceptable tank mates, as well as Dragonfish. However, African Dwarf/Clawed Frogs, which I believe you are referring to, could become greatly picked on by cichlids such as these. Guppies are too small of fish to be housed with Blood Parrot Cichlids. Blood Parrot Cichlids are best housed with Severums, Firemouth Cichlids, Acaras, Snooks, and related South American fishes such as those.
  • Nick - 2011-11-10
    Well I have 3 blood parrots right now with 4 Bala Sharks, 3 Placos, 1 Electric Blue Cichlid, and a Tiger Oscar Cichlid, and 1 Angel Fish...all within a 90 GAL tank...and they all do great together!
  • Nick - 2011-11-10
    One thing you should def. do is keep your PH balances right and your water very clean and as long as they are happy they won't be territorial..
  • Sharon - 2011-12-31
    You are correct about the dwarf albino frogs. We have two and one parrot fish who picks on the frogs by pushing them around. We got a small scull where they can go and get away
  • kades - 2012-01-02
    I have one parrot fish she is very aggressive as well, but has a great personality and is fun to watch. I had trouble finding tank mates as well but I've found that she does well with tiger barbs (doesn't even notice them) and I have a pair of gouramis (green) since pastor fish are slower moving she can't keep up with them and its worked out well. The gouramis bring color to the tank and they aren't shy like some parrots.
  • barry - 2012-02-03
    with my parrot fish i had in a large albino oscar. they got on great, slept beside each other and followed each other around the tank. i have since sold my oscar and bought a gold severum and two convicts. gold severum is same size as the parrot and convicts a little smaller. they seem to be getting on great. convicts will square up to the parrot an odd time but no real trouble. but if i was starting over again id go for the oscar and the parrot on their own. you hear on different sites that they cant mix but id say you couldnt find a better match.
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Bere - 2012-05-15
I have 2 blood parrots from 3 weeks now and they just hide and do not eat. Somentimes thay lay on the sides and look like they not even breathing and they will not eat also, but when i get close they run to hide again. I don't think that this inactivity is normal. What should i do?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-16
    Check you water levels right away. How is your tank movement?
  • Bere - 2012-05-16
    I checked the water at the petstore and is fine. What do you mean by water movement?
  • steve - 2012-05-18
    i have 4 bloods in a 150 & 3 in a55. i went threw the same thing. check your levels but for the most part its adaption. they are a shy breed & easily spooked. mine r doing fine now but that seems like a long time for them not to adapt. they should be foraging & checking the tank by now. good luck bere. get back & let me know how made out. GREAT FISH
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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 tilapia.....so long as they are similar sized they all get along fine....my parrot actually pushes the Oscar around.
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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?
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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.
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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.

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