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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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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aqua - 2010-09-26
I have a 55 gallon tank and its been pretty well stocked with goldfish the last few years. Recently I added a blood parrot, a tetra, and a molly as well as a cory catfish, a pleco and 2 loaches. There is also a guppy female in there. I have had no problem with aggression from the parrot or anything. The only really aggressive fish in there is my guppy, she only gets along with goldfish and what's in there now. She tried killing my betta and other guppies in the other tank. So as far as parrots go I like mine, he's fun to watch swimming around and interacting with the others. He has a little plant and cave in the middle of the tank he hides in but he seems to like swimming about with everyone else.

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  • Heather - 2011-01-08
    Are your goldfish around the same size as your parrot?
  • katie - 2011-01-23
    I also have added a blood parrot to my tank, I have an Oscar, a pleco, and a silver looking fish. They all get along very well, I have them in a 55 gallon tank. The blood parrot fish is the smallest of them all and has no problems. I do enjoy watching him, he brings color and caricature to the tank.
  • Carl - 2011-02-13
    We have a 90gal tank with 2 Parrots who are both about 6 -7 inches long , 3 black neon tetras,3 hatchet tetras,3 tetras I can't recall the names of, 2 clown loaches,1-10 inch Pleco, 2 of the bubbly headed goldfish, (forget their names at the moment ) and we have had several other Parrots over about 5 years and have yet to see even one be aggressive and as you say with the shape of the mouth they couldn't eat them anyway.
    Every pet store we visit tells us that parrots will kill and eat all the smaller fish.
  • jitra - 2011-02-18
    You are lucky, my biggest parrot is so aggressive. He attacks my comets, malawi cichlid [supposed to die from the kiss], trees, stone on the floor, even my hand [when clean the tank] but I like him most in my 4 parrots, I understand his moody &defensive of territory nature.
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