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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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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AndyFletcherx - 2011-04-11
Hi - I am really delighted to discover this. Great job!

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beerIeLof - 2011-04-08
Hello all,

Im new here im just posting to say

How is everyone?

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lauren - 2011-03-12
Blood parrots DO lay eggs, they just are not fertile, because they are hybrid fish and do not mate. I've had parrots for six years, they're the best fish & I could never get rid of mine. Just for a heads up, your colored fish [[blue, purple, etc]] will all lose their color & they will turn the color that they are supposed to be. Orange. Two of mine were dyed, and have lost it since they've gotten older, so if you're spending more for a dyed fish, your wasting your money, no matter how cool they look!

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Rosie - 2011-03-13
I have two Blood Parrots that are three years old. One always had a dark orange spot on his tail. Recently, this spot has darkened to brown and is now swollen to a bump. It does not seem to bother him or impair his swimming. What could it be and does it need to be treated? Thanks.

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nadeem khan - 2011-02-21
Can a pair of parrot fish be kept be a pair of angel fish in the same tank? Need your kind advice ASAP.

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  • Editor's Note - 2011-02-22
    In general, they can be kept with other cichlids of similar size like angelfish. However, as with most fish in general and cichlids in particular, keep an eye out for aggressive behavior from either the parrot fish or the angelfish.
  • daniel - 2011-02-28
    I have had 3 large angels in the same tank as 2 parrots + mountain minnows, silver tip tetras, corys, blue gouramies, and plecs. All the fish seem to get on fine and have done for 2yrs now. But they are in a 4ft tank.
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BJ Lukken - 2006-10-09
I have six, rapidly growing Parrots in my 55 gal. tank.
Two orange, one pink 'Candy' Parrot, one red 'Heart' Parrot (really is shaped like a Valentine) and two fellows that started out green with black that have "morphed" into peach-colored with touches of black.!
Very interested in seeing what they will eventually look like!
So far, no pairing noted..which is fine with me as I have 7 fancy veil-type juvenile Angels in another tank that I'm hoping will pair up and spawn.
THANKS for this site..There is so much to learn about these fish..and so little information out there!

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  • FRANK - 2010-02-28
    So i just bout 2 small parrots. They are dark with bars. Is this how they all start out when young?
  • Random Peep - 2011-02-21
    @ Frank, yes they change a good bit while growing, but when they're done, they'll most likely be a nice orange color :)
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Amy - 2011-01-08
I just bought 2... a orange and a red... I did not know they needed 2 be in such a big tank... I have just the 2 of them in a 3 gallon tank will they be alright in there?

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  • Elizabeth - 2011-01-23
    I think that they might need a much bigger tank, because they get to be pretty big.
  • trint - 2011-01-26
    No you need at least a 30 gallon.
  • Random Peep - 2011-02-21
    NO! That's terrible! These fish have to be in *at least 42-50 Gallons maybe more, they will become very upset and will likely form diseases, so please if possible get a larger tank.
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