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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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.
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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?
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duane - 2012-03-05
I have a tank full of aggressive fish! I just purchased my first blood parrot! The post indicate that blood parrots are non-aggressive, but yet the pictures show a fire mouth which is aggressive. My question is can they survive in an aggressive tank?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-06
    The Blood Parrots should not be in an aggressive tank. These fish are a man-made hybrid with deformities bred into them that makes it hard to defend against other fish. They are best suit for larger community tanks.
  • duane - 2012-03-06
    Thank you so much for your reply! I only have a problem with the fire mouths in my tank, but I believe that if I remove them it will be ok!
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Jennifer - 2012-01-29
Hello,

I have a 55 gal. tank complete with heater, filter, large rock structure, a rock with a hole in it, a few plants and drift wood. I recently bought a blood parrot and when I first put him/her in the tank it was pretty active, but I had another cichlid in with it and the cichlid was very rough with the parrot. I have since removed the cichlid to another tank. However the parrot is still hiding. I've found the hiding spot recently and I'm concerned as the fish seems to like to float sideways under a rock ledge so that it is nearly completely hidden from the rest of the tank. I really have to look to find it.

Is this behavior normal for a young BP in a new environment? and will it become more active as it gets used to the new environment? I just got the fish yesterday, so I'm still not sure of its normal activities or if its male or female so advice on sexing the fish would also be very helpful. Any advice is welcome, and thanks all in advance for the help.

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    Jen Brand Warneld - 2012-01-27
    Hello.
    I bought a blood parrot fish about a month ago. I seems pretty docile, but not shy. It has been actively swimming all over the tank. I do have a Kissing Gourami and that shows attentive interest, but not overly aggressive with the Blood Parrot. The guaramis couriosity does not seem to phase the blood parrot.
    I noticed that for the past few days, the Blood Parrot has been hanging around/under on of te rocks in the 55g tank. It comes up to eat in the morning, then swims right back by the rock. It scares away any fish, other than the Gourami, that comes near it. I noticed the gourami scaring away other fish as well. The gourami has never in 2yrs paid attention to another fish, until I got the blood parrot.

    My water is fine, I feed once a day, its color is good,...any suggestions?

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    • David Brough - 2012-01-28
      I was going to say, it sounds like adding the Blood Parrot brought out the territorialness in both your fish. The fact that she may be guarding eggs confirms it. It should be okay to remove the eggs, especially since they cannot be fertilized. They may get back to less territorial behavior too.
    • Jen Brand Warneld - 2012-01-27
      I just inspected the rock a little closer and I believe the fish is guarding eggs. I just have the one parrot fish, so the eggs can't be fertilized since I don't have a male. If we remove the eggs, will she be ok?
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    Julie - 2008-02-23
    This web-site was most helpful in answering many questions I have had about my two blood red parrot fish. They, I can't tell which one, have been spawning, three times over the last several months, fiercely guarding the eggs and then eaten them. Our local pet store said I was nuts, that they didn't lay eggs or breed. I will research even further to learn what a non-hybrid is.
    Thank you.

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    • Cher - 2010-05-08
      If your local pet store doesn't believe that blood parrot fish can lay eggs then they're the crazy ones. I have 4 blood parrot fish and I have seen them lay eggs with my own two eyes. I have a video of them laying the eggs and the male trying to fertilize them. From what I've read, they do spawn but the eggs never hatch. My fish have laid eggs many times but each time they don't hatch.
    • Cheryl - 2010-09-24
      We have had our latest BP for about three weeks and it laid eggs in the last couple of days. She guards them all the time. We only have the one at this time but I had been told in the past that they were unisex. From what I have been reading here they do come in male and female. I had three other BP before for 4-5 years and they never laid eggs. The one we have now is about 1 1/2 inches.
    • chris - 2010-11-13
      I bought 2 parrots to go in my 75 gal take with my angels. The first day one of them caught one of my three neons, the other two are now very alert! A week or so after I bought them they hollowed out a rather large bowl in the gravel and laid eggs and now guard them constantly, aggressively chasing away any other fish that come by, but not harming them. The eggs have yet to hatch (it's been about 4-5 days).
    • BEA - 2012-01-14
      I'm fairly new to owning parrot fish. I have two orange ones that have gotten to be about 4 or 5 inches. then I bought two blue ones and 2 pink ones. I didn't know anything about "dyed" parrots. Paid more for them, but never again.I also have two white, I guess jellybeans. They hid under some plants and came out to eat and defended their corner against the much larger parrots and 2 guaramis, a few mollies, a couple of catfish,and two silver dollars. today ,I realized they had a bunch of baby fish with them! I keep reading about infertile eggs, hybrids etc. , but there are over 65 babies that I moved to another tank. Tonight, I see another bunch of babies down under the plants. I don't know much about parrot fish, but I guess I better learn! I only have a 35 gallon tank. I am working on setting up a 55 gallon. Antway, this site has helped a lot.
    • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-15
      This is very exciting! I would love to see some pictures of these guys spawning, and of the babies! If you have some good pictures, submit them to the gallery and we will try and include them on this article.
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    victoria - 2009-05-09
    My blood parrot couple has laid some eggs in a rock. I will like to know what to if they hatch because I have a big tank with eight other fish. I want to know where I can place them or any suggestion that might help if they hatch. Thank you.

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    • daniel barron - 2011-11-22
      How do you know when they are going to have babies?
    • samiran roy,india - 2012-01-05
      Are the parent blood-parrots trying to defend the eggs from the other tankmates?If so you can keep the eggs with the parents though the eggs might get fungus.Your best bet is to keep the eggs on a stone and keep the
      eggs with the stone in a five gallon tank with some methylene blue in the water to ward off fungus.They might still not hatch because most blood-parrot males are infertile.Best of luck.
    • samiran roy,india - 2012-01-05
      Daniel,when you see the pair of blood-parrots drop their breeding tubes,you will know that they are going to lay eggs in some time.
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    Linda Sankey - 2011-12-02
    Can anyone tell me how long it takes for my Parrot fish eggs to hatch?
    Do I need to keep the parents with the eggs, or not. They have eaten
    their other eggs in the past.
    Thanks, Linda

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    jerlin trinidad - 2011-10-12
    I have 3 parrot fish on my aquarium. When I woke up my blue parrot fish was dead but my yellow and violet parrot fish were still alive. I think my yellow parrot fish is pregnant because she always stay in the house of my aquarium and her body is going big. Is she pregnant ?? and what should I do when shes pregnant ..?? please help me thanks much ! :)

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    • mohammed - 2011-11-18
      Hi Jerlin I do know much about tropical fishes you said your blue parrot fish died so it must be that you fed it alot or it might be your dirty water or it might be gill fungus you should observe your fish when ever it swims or eat its food thanks alot for sharing your view.........
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    Erica Wilson - 2011-05-14
    I have 4 of these jelly bean fish I purchased on the spur of the moment for my child to have as she loves to watch them. When I purchased them i had no idea how they got their color. After doing some research I was appaled at how they got their colors. Well, it wasn't the fishes fault they were treated that way and they have all changed color to pink and orange. They were originally 2 pink 1 blue and 1 green. I have had them for 7 months and now I am curious as to what sex they are. 3 have the same smooth belly as the one in the pic but one has a small white protrusion on its belly. It always hangs out with one with a smooth belly and the other two are always run off from near the opening of the pairs cave. Does anyone know how to determine the sex of these fish? If so please elaborate. Thank you. Oh, they live in a 55 gal with an 8 inch pelco.

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    • john - 2011-09-17
      Well its difficult to differentiate unless it reaches the age for reproduction. Be happy and stay happy as long as your daughter is happy. Try to provide wide mouth pots in your tank just like how you provide for a parrot (bird)...it's interesting....
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