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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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.
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.
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

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.........
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)'s interesting....
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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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-13
    Try the Animal World article on this fish - (attached). How big a tank do you have? Our animals/pets/companions are just sometimes not grateful. We get them a friend and they get mad at us for it.
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

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.
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.
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?