Animal Stories - Blood Parrot


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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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Randall - 2011-09-13
I have 1 parrot fish for almost 2 months now and just decided yesterday to buy companions for it. There were 2 of its kind left in the store I usually buy from. When I placed them with my 1 parrot fish the largest (the new one) started to fight with my original one and the one that came with it. I decided to separate my original one coz it was tilted slightly to the right when it swam. While the 2 new ones in one habitat. They now have their own caves made from pots but from time to time they still fight each other. I'm just concerned they might get hurt and injure themselves and worst die of it. At the moment I don't have enough money to separate them all. What should I do?

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    Saultulvarf - 2011-08-16
    Very nice to read such "old" posts!

    This topic, like the little that you can see, they feel accompanied us at the beginning

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    deb - 2010-05-26
    I bought two parrot fish, they were both orange when I got them, then
    I bought one more, and this weekend I bought a bottom feeder to pick my
    tank clean, all three of the parrot fish are changing color, they are turning
    black with orange, just wondering why after I got the bottom feeder they
    started changing color?

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    • Chikady - 2011-04-25
      The black you are seeing on your fish is a type of ick or something, I've had parrot cichlids for years and all of mine, especially when they are young, at some point in time get this due to stressors such as introducing new fish, messing with the tank, or even water conditions such as temperature. A guaranteed method for eliminating the black on them is very simple and cheap. Add aquarium salt and raise water temp to 82 degrees. You should see an improvement within a couple days and will usually be cleared up within 3-5 days, but depending on what's stressing them it can take weeks or months to completely get rid of the black marks.
    • Erica Wilson - 2011-05-14
      When I purchased mine this happened to my fish as well. I quickly learned that the issue was stress and amonia. Once that was corrected the black disapeared in about 2 days. I was really worried because one of them was almost completely black.
    • Anonymous - 2011-08-15
      it means the parrots are stressed all kinds parrots turn black when stressed.
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    Steve Wilson - 2011-08-14
    Hi, I'm steve and have just registered.
    I have 2 goldfish and coy carp.
    Due to circumstances a friend of mine gave me 4 orange parrot fish, which he said should be ok with the other fish I have. Just need some advice as to what's the best temperature to keep all fish happy, they seem to get on ok with the goldfish/carp (they don't bother them) but they are a bit aggressive to one another, they also don't seem to be feeding too well. Any suggestions?

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    • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-08-14
      Ideal temperatures for goldfish (and koi) are 65-68 degrees Fahrenheit, with a maximum temperature of 72 to 74 degrees. Parrot fish should be kept around 70-82 degrees. So I would say try to keep the aquarium around 72 degrees and watch your fish to see how they are doing. If they seem to be struggling at all, then gradually change the temperature up or down and continue watching. In the worst case scenario, you may need to keep the goldfish in a separate tank from the parrots.
    • Steve Wilson - 2011-08-14
      Thank you for your reply, will keep an eye on them, temperature sitting at 72 and they seem to be feeding now.
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    joekool - 2011-04-09
    I have 4 South American Blood Parrot Cichlids and they don't seem to want to come out of a cave that I have in the tank. They don't come out much like they were in the pet store. I know that they are shy and like to hide in caves but what I am reading on the internet is and on this web site is that they do swim around the tank. Mine are not. They only come out when they are eating and that's all. Water quality is excellent and temperature is good. What up with my fish?

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    • Gina Mcneace - 2011-05-17
      I bought 4 Blood Parrots too. Don't trip. They will come out. Mine hid for 2 or 3 months and only came out when they ate and I asked a few pet store if somethin was wrong and they said they are just shy. Mine finally came out and now they come out all the time. But they are still skiddish if you move fast or thump around when you walk. They will all run and hide. lol I'll be doing my dishes and look over at them now and all 4 of them will be pushed up against the glass looking at me like dogs :) They are really neat fish. You probably haven't had them long. Just give them some time.
    • Anonymous - 2011-05-17
      Take the cave out and give it something smaller with more holes.
    • Cornette Nel - 2011-05-24
      My son got a blood parrot as a gift about 15 months back. "Fatty" was skittish in the beginning but will now actually "play" with us. He attacks my hand when I put it into the tank, jump out of the water if I put my fingers just above the water and charge me when I put my face infront of the tank. He "sulks" if not given attention. I was never fond of fish - except for Fatty - a fish with "personality".
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-23
      I had Cichlids for many years and they were always building tunnels, caves and some sort of hidey holes. I have no idea why but for some reason I thought they weren't happy just sitting in their little caves doing nothing and not moving or swimming around. So I would go in and change the tank all around and get rid of all the caves etc. Then they were all swimming and re-building etc. I was talking to a cichlid enthusiast (30 years) over the weekend and he told me I was actually doing the right thing. To this day I don't know but they sure seemed happier. So move the caves around.
    • JohnBush - 2011-06-22
      Hello! Very good job (this site)! Thank you man.
    • Jama - 2011-07-20
      I have one parrot Cichlid in a small tank with a small catfish. Mine was shy for maybe a week. I tried to spend some time by the tank after I fed him, and he seemed to warm up to me quickly. He will now follow my finger if I move it up and down outside the tank. I love watching him swim about the tank... He glides around the tank in such an interesting way. He does get spooked when I change the water filter in the tank, but that only lasts for that day. I wonder if you may be having issues because there are multiple in one tank?
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    TLSubmit - 2011-05-10
    Hey I'm new here.

    I'm Sam, how is everyone?

    I look forwards to being a active member.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-10
      Well, welcome on board. It is fun and their are sooo many people with sooo many different pets. It is amazing. Always glad to find a new member with new ideas. What is your pet or are you trying to decide?
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    TLSubmit - 2011-05-07
    Hey I'm new here.

    Nice to meet everyone!
    Hope you all have a good day.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
      Welcome aboard. Hope you have a good day too.
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    zerotyd - 2011-05-01
    Hey I'm new here.

    Nice to meet everyone!
    Hope you all have a good day

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-02
      Welcome on board, let us know your story and you have a good day too.
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    John - 2011-04-12
    I recently purchased 16 of these strange fish. I thought they would shoal but they get into small groups and swim all around the 900 gal built in aquarium. I spent about $35 on them but it was fully worth it . They are kept with 8 silver dollars , a 13 inch silver arowana , 2 small red tailed catfish ( about 4 inches ) , one 5 inche shovel nose catfish , 4 large walking catfish , one African spiny eel , 5 Ceylon snakeheads ( Ceylon is the Old name for Sri Lanka ) and one 6 inch giant snakehead . There is no law against keeping snakeheads in Sri lanka. They all get along well so far. I've had them for two months already.

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    John - 2011-04-12
    I recently purchused 16 of these strange fish. I thought they would shoal but they get into small groups and swim all around the 900 gal built in aquarium. I spent about $35 on them but it was fully worth it . They are kept with 8 silver dollars , a 13 inche silver arowana , 2 small red tailed catfish ( about 4 inches ) , one 5 inche shovel nose catfish , 4 large walking catfish , one African spiny eel , 5 Ceylon snakeheads ( Ceylon is the Old name for Sri Lanka ) and one 6 inche giant snakehead . There is no law against keeping snakeheads in Sri lanka. They all get along well so far. I've had them for two months already.

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