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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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chelsea - 2010-10-05
Would it be a smart idea to have just one parrot in 10 gallon tank?

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  • Ross - 2010-10-27
    DEFINITELY NOT!!! Blood parrots can grow up to 8" and they grow quickly. For juveniles I would recommend 20G min for a single blood parrot but eventually as he/she grows to full size it will need 55G min with plenty of caves and big enough hiding places.
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Joe - 2010-09-27
Question, My blood parrot cichlids are breeding, I know it is very rare for it to be successful but why not have faith. So the female has laid the eggs and the male has fertilized them it has been one day exactly and the eggs are looking the same. How long does it take and how should the eggs look if the fish are not infertile?

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Dani Stevens - 2010-08-16
I just bought a blood parrot yesterday to keep my id shark company (he just lost his buddy of 3 years). Rupert is quite small, maybe 2 inches long and very playful. I call this particular type of fish "smiley fish" and have been wanting one for the longest time and finally stumbled upon them yesterday. =] So far he has proved to be a good companion for Walker, even staying by his side while he recovers from one of his fits. (id sharks spook easily and tend to "pass out") i'm very pleased with my decision so far!

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  • ayaz khan - 2010-09-21
    I like parrot flish I want it plz reply me.
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massivepaddy - 2010-03-14
I have a 60 litre biorb life tank and have recently added 2 parrot fish to my take that already had a large angelfish and 2 dwarf gourmis.
I have just had to remove my angelfish as the parrots were bullying it so bad. They were pinning it to the side/bottom of tank and biting it. Is this normal, will they do this to any fish i put it the tank?
The angel just seemed to give up and let them tear chunks out.
I thought the tank would be relaxing but i just feel stressed.

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  • fishfancy - 2010-03-17
    I had the same experience with a blood parrot that I recently bought, so I suppose it's normal. I added my blood parrot to my community of a male betta, a pair of swordtails, some zebra danios, rosy barbs and a platy. At first the parrot seemed to be peaceful; but by the second day, he had claimed half of the tank as his territory and was aggressively driving everyone else out. The last straw was when he nipped off nearly all of my betta's lovely fins. At that point, I decided to take the parrot out of the community tank and gave it a tank all to itself.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-21
    i have a 55 gallon tank with community fish such as 2 bloodfin tetras 2 red rasboras 2 scissor tail fish and a chinese alge eater. i put two parrots in my tank and they are so peaceful. they are so shy i can't beleive they could even be aggressive.i also have two gugppies in this tank.
  • fishieman - 2010-03-25
    Angelfish are the most peaceful of the Cichlids did you check for spawn because if they did it will most likely be infertile and get fungus but they will still guard it fastidiously and kill most tank mates that cannot escape their agression and like most animals each fish has a personality and you probably got the worst of the bunch.
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-26
    If you are having aggression issues with your blood parrots, one thing that I've learned is that if you re-organize the tank ornaments/plants every time they are showing agression, they will be forced to re-claim their territory. This will eventually neutralize the territory. You shouldn't have to do it more than a couple of times depending on the level of agression. Be sure that there are plenty of places for them to hide. They will feel most comfortable this way.
  • Tony - 2010-04-06
    Parrot Fish can either be passive or aggressive. Angelfish are about the same way. Dwarf Gouramis are passive. If a parrot fish is not in a tank where it can have a cave to defend it will be more likely to attack anything in all areas of the tank. Angelfish are usually top swimmers and would do better with a parrot guarding a cave at the bottom of the tank. It works for me but all fish are their unique self, no matter what temperament they are supposed to have.
  • kristin - 2010-04-15
    You'll have to separate them from the community fish. Since the blood parrot is a cichlid, it is aggressive to fish considered community fish.
  • SusanS. - 2010-04-21
    I also have 2 blood parrots, a couple different cichlids, and a shark in my tank, and the blood parrots are the shyest ones, they huddle together in the corner behind some foliage and only come out when they think they will be fed. They never bother any of the other fish.
  • Prateek - 2010-06-04
    Angel fish is not compatible with blood parrot so you should remove angelfish from the tank.
  • urbanlex - 2010-06-04
    Hello, I have a 65 Gallon High Tank. I have 2, 6 inch Parrot Fish mixed with 7 medium to palm sized African frogs, 3 very aggressive African cichlids that have committed murders in the past by sucking the eyes out of an Oscar.

    Two large silver dollars and it worked out well for me. so far everyone is holding their own. The parrot fish are tough guys from what I can see not really aggressive in a bad way more like a survival and pecking order thing. Remember a parrot fish is a cichlid.
  • mark - 2010-06-11
    Gouramis may bite your angel fish and parrots may bump fish usually each other. They can't bite. Get rid of the dwarfs if anything. Parrots suck food in, not eating. Parrots are very stressful fish. Need to hide. Timid. Maybe stay away from cichlids. Don't mix with a frail fish like angels, mollies will work.
  • Anonymous - 2010-06-30
    It's because blood parrots are territorial.
    So they will feel threatened sometimes around other fish, which causes them to be aggressive. It's eat or be eaten in fish world.
  • cara - 2010-07-24
    My parrot fish are fine with fish smaller than it (but not bite size fish), but will beat up fish that are the same size. Also they get very territorial when they are about to lay eggs.
  • punkz zappa - 2010-07-25
    They had this attitude 2 bully other fish esp. when they establish territory in the tank.... so separate them or put a more aggressive cichlids like red ice its fun to watch them running around for their lives don't worry the red ice had this strong endurance.
  • Mango - 2010-08-25
    60 litres is far too small for 2 parrots (:0 sorry I one for like oh here we go another banging on about over stocking etc but, they are getting aggressive because the space they are in is far too small, so if you want a peaceful tank best either up it a lot in size or stick to smaller fish otherwise you'll find you will all be highly stressed out :/ we all learn one way or another lol I've only just realized that parrots eat guppies just found tail hanging out my mango 4 1/2inch yellow parrot (so best not put with small fish unless feeders ) my mum has 6 parrot fish in a 'V Large' tank, with plenty hiding places plants & lots of open space too also in with other fish of all sizes & absolutely wonderful with all no aggression seen at all (other then little kissing nudges when invading each others pot ;) hope all goes well.
  • helen eren - 2010-09-04
    That tank is massively overstocked! 60 litres isn't even enough for 1 angel let alone what you have in there now. Removing the angel is rewarding bad behavior in a way, I have 1 angel and 1 parrot in a 150litre tank and they get on fine due to the space, but really they shouldn't be in the same tank.
  • RougeAgent94 - 2010-09-15
    It depends on how large your Blood Parrots are. Because they cannot close their mouths BP's headbutt other fish and usually kill them by smashing them against the walls of the tank. This usually happens when they are first introduced but usually calm down after a little while. BP's are known to be semi-aggressive so I suggest that you put them with other semi-aggressive fish like Tiger Oscars or perhaps Severums. You can also put Iridescent sharks and tinfoil barbs with them. I would put in some more BP's. The Angel Fish will probably die if you put it back in there because they are so docile.
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Kathy - 2010-08-03
I have a Jellybean parrot fish that isn't eating. It acts like it wants to eat by going to the surface of water....but can't seem to get food in his mouth. I don't see anything unusual about his mouth ....but my other parrot fish has some white spots on tail.....but is not acting sick. Can you help?

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  • Anonymous - 2010-09-04
    If this is a new fish then most likely they have ick ,some might show resistance to it. If your fish is bullied which is frequent in the cichlid world then it will complicate matters. Check Ph should be close to 7 ,slightly acidic or alkaline is okay nothing in the extreme and temp.within normal range low 80's specially with the ick in your tank to dispose of it I prefer using coppersafe than rid ick but again this is a matter of choice and I have been lucky with this med. after proper dosage remember to change water the 3rd day maybe 10 % , do not do too much as you will stress the fish ,apply the meds again on the 3rd after water change maybe 80 % of recommended dosage and water change on the 5'th day. this is what I would do but again every hobbyist has there own thing. they should respond within a week .only feed once a day to help keep water clean during this recovery period...hope this helps
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Curious J - 2010-08-11
How do you tell the difference between hybrid and non-hybrid blood parrot?

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  • Dave B - 2010-08-13
    When we say that they usually should be bred with a non-hybrid fish to have eggs that are not infertile, the non-hybrid fish cannot be a blood parrot, but one of the species that bred to produce the blood parrot. By definition the blood parrot is a hybrid.
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jennifer - 2010-05-08
I just bought my son a small parrot fish and he's in a 10 gallon tank for now, is that too small to buy another parrot fish to put in with it? He seems lonely and I want to go buy his friend that he was with.

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  • gregg - 2010-05-15
    You can if he is the only other fish in your tank, but within a year you will need to purchase a bigger tank a 30 gallon would be fine, start looking at garage sales and flea markets or your local newspaper.
  • curtis - 2010-05-23
    Yes you should go buy a bigger tank
    they need room to grow. For each parrot, you need at less 35 gal
    .... ... ..hit me back if need more help..........
  • Anonymous - 2010-05-24
    Yes they get pretty big about 9''
  • Lucifer - 2010-06-30
    If he's a baby then the 10 gallon is fine for now but when you notice them growing they will need a 30 gallon tank and eventually a 55 gallon tank.
    They love to swim around and hide so I would invest in a bigger tank if he's going to have 2.
  • wanda - 2010-07-31
    Yes it is too small the minimum size to start with is a 30 gallon
    please read up on the care for these fish.
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David Baldock - 2010-07-16
Hi. We have a large red parrot fish. He/she is a real character. Jessica has taken to picking up stones and moving them around the place creating large mounds. She gets uppity when I clean the tank (100 ltr) and tries to bit me. One night she swam around the front of the tank upright at the top and upside down along the bottom. All our other fish have since died so after leaving her alone this week we got another small parrot fish and they are very good together. Jessica follows me around the room and if I sit she just stays still and looks at me.

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  • Alam Khan Shazeb - 2010-07-18
    Yes, the parrot fish can be tamed as they are produced scientifically. Well I also have a parrot pair which has recently laid eggs and I am a big fan of their behavior.
  • Melissa - 2010-07-27
    Sounds like your blood parrot is a female and when she moves the rocks around she is getting ready or has already laid her eggs. If you have other fish in the tank, she will be very aggressive and run them off every time they come close to the eggs. My female will do this several times a year. Yours may lay only once a year or could be every couple of weeks, just depends. She will be in a foul mood for about a week or so until the eggs have become moldy and are eaten. My parrots like to follow my finger all around the tank. They are a great fish to have.
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Dean - 2010-07-24
I was recently given a large blood parrot which is round about 7 inches, so would say near enough fully grown now I had 6 already approx 3/4 inches the large one and one of the smaller ones soon paired up digging gravel getting down to the filter where today I noticed eggs had been laid unfortunately they didn't last long, as they are in a large tank which is 5ft in length 3 foot high, and my large synosis cat got the eggs along with some of the other parrots. I have seen reports on here with regard to eggs being infertile and would probably would not hatch, just wondered if anyone has had success we breeding pairs, as if they had I would put the pair separately in a new tank alone to give them a chance, any info much appreciated.....

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joseph harper - 2009-09-28
I have two large blood parrots in a 75 gallon tank with 1 small gold nugget pleco. I have a bare bottom tank with lots of drift wood which they both love. I have 2 eheim 2217 filters with spong pre filters. I do 2 weekly 35 gallon water changes with the tap water filter. My ph- 6.5 gh- 35ppm dh- 35ppm. ammonia-0 nitrites-0 and nitrates-o. Temp-80 degrees. I ALSO USE CHEMI-PURE which I change once a month. I have dedicated this tank only to these two blood parrots. Its like having two dogs, they greet me when I come home from work, they are really cool. I feed them frozen blood worms, parrot pellets, discuss pellets, and some high protein flake. It would be cool if I had a male and female but I have never seen any eggs. The biggest secret is the water changes, filters only play a small part. joe h

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  • alamkhanshazeb - 2010-07-18
    It's really hard to distinguish the pair ......... well luckily I have a pair of parrot fish and they lay eggs every month.
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