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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Alana - 2010-03-05
I recently got 2 bright orange parrot fish that are about 2 years old and I have been told that they are fully grown. I have not seen any aggressive behavior out of them whatsoever. I have put one tinfoil barb that is about 4 inches long in with them, they headbutted the new guy for just a couple minutes and now really couldn't care less that they have aquired a tankmate. I am now curious as to what other kinds of fish I can put in there. I have read so many different things about what types of fish would get along. I am hesitant to put large aggressive fish in there. If anyone could offer some suggestions that would be great. Thanks

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  • vicki - 2010-03-07
    i have 2 parrot fish also/ they get along with bigger tetras/ i have high fin serpa and just got a silver dollar today cause i saw other people had them together / they did eat my glass catfish / it helps to put in something to hide in when you add fish / i have 2 coffee mugs/ 1 for each parrot as this distracts them to new fish/
  • Anonymous - 2010-03-12
    We have a 74 gallon tank with 5 mid size jelly bean parrots and they have shared the tank with a Jack Dempsey and a pleco. They have been living peacefully for the last two years.
  • Brittany - 2010-04-04
    If you haven't gotten any answers... you can put angel fish... :)
  • stephen - 2010-04-20
    I have two parrotfish in my 60 gallon with red tail sharks, blue gouramis, blue moon platies, 2 eels, a pleco, and a new addition a lonely little texas cichlid. I have no problems I keep my temperature at about 80 and weekly water changes of about 30%. I recently noticed that the little texan is becoming real good friends with the parrots. And to my surprise it looks like the texan and parrot are doing the mating dance. I'll keep you up to date on how that works out. Cheers.
  • Caitlin - 2010-04-22
    Hello: Parrot fish are very docile and can live in a community tank just fine so they're awesome for a community tank as not many community fish get very big! :) Since you have the tinfoil barb and they get rather large, and are also considered semi-aggressive, I would stick to a semi-aggressive tank. Angelfish (as long as they are larger), Silver Dollars (prefer to be in groups of 3 so I'd only suggest these guys if you have a rather large aquarium) would be a nice addition to your tank as well as bala, red-tailed, or rainbow sharks. If you were thinking about bottom feeders, I'd probably recommend a clown loach for the cleaning of leftover food and waste on the bottom of your tank, only because clown loaches get a little larger than most loaches, so they'd be able to live peacefully with other larger fish (parrots & tinfoil barb). Also, if you're looking for a fish to help with algae, I'd suggest a regular pleco because they stay on the larger-side as well, and the good thing about plecos is if they get TOO large, a pond-owner would gladly take it off your hands as they can live in a pond when they are large as well.
    As far as the headbutting goes at the introduction of a new fish, if it happens longer than a couple minutes, try switching the decorations around in your tank so it's sort of "free ground" for the new guys as any fish (aggressive or not) can get a little territorial from time to time with new roommates.
    Sounds like you've got a nice aquarium coming along! Good Luck!
  • Connie - 2010-04-23
    It depends how big your tank is? Tinfoil barbs get HUGE I mean you will need a 120 gallon or bigger for these guys and they like to be kept in groups of 3 or more.
    Right now I have 3 parrot fish and 1 is the size of a large mans hand they really do need space as they will get large too but dont need as much room as the tinfoil barbs do.
    I have a 120 gallon with 3 parrot fish, 3 tinfoils, a T-barb (which is HUGE) a vampire pleco, a bristlenose pleco, a striped raphael catfish and a few other cats and a couple yo-yo loaches.
  • Cher - 2010-05-08
    I have a tank with 4 blood parrot fish and I've added 2 green severums, 2 gold severums, 1 red streak severum, and two red devils. They're all getting along really well. Occasionally they would run after a smaller fish for short periods but they don't cause any harm to each other.
  • Prateek - 2010-06-04
    You can put oscars of slightly smaller than the blood parrot as they have a very large mouth compared to blood parrot .
  • cd - 2010-06-26
    I have used several different tankmates for my red blood parrots:
    silver dollars, mickey mouse rosy barbs,and australian rainbow barbs all with success. Good luck.

  • wanda - 2010-07-31
    I am by no means a pro but I have researched and read a lot many things 1)they are compatible with angel fish if around the same size.(angel might be a little aggressive and only at feeding my experience) 2)loches, plecos. I have 3 parrot fish yellow, blue, and green 1 black lace angel fish 1clown loach 1pleco and 1 elephant nose, 1 red discus, and they are wonderful it is so sweet to watch the harmony in the tank. They all use about the same temperature 80 to 82 PH is about the same 6-7.2 alla re shy non-aggressive fish except for the angel but so far I've seen no evidence of that but what you put in the tank is key. They need places to hide a tube or type of tunnel for the elephant nose to hide, soft plants or rock or cave like structure for parrots to hide push items toward back of tank but make sure they can pas smoothly, leave front area from side to side for swimming room always add some aquarium salt and I like to keep a sack of ammo chips in the tank to maintain a balanced PH. Well that's all for now. Good luck.
  • babak - 2010-09-27
    Dear alana, I suggest you the severum. But if you choose a severum that is a little bit smaller than the parrots it would be better. Read more about severums, I am sure you will enjoy having this fish.
  • kris - 2010-10-17
    Read above........ "They can be kept with Angelfish, peaceful catfish such as Corydoras and Glass Catfish, Kuhli Loaches, Swordtails, Tetras, Plecostomus, and Silver Dollars."
  • Nick - 2010-10-18
    Haha well I have a few different fish with these Blood Parrots. I have 6 Bala Sharks, 3 Catfish, 1 Placo Fish, A Red Tailed Shark (Catfish), 2 Eels, and the three Blood Parrots. And they all seem to get along just fine.
  • daksh - 2010-12-16
    you could try oscars
  • monty - 2011-01-04
    See friend parrot is basically a chichlid so you can keep varieties of chichlid fishes
    you can keep koi fish as these are calm fishes not the aggresive one.......!
  • billy - 2011-01-05
    I got 2bright orange parrot and it's only 1 year old but I have notice that its behavior is agressive. But I got 2 oscars, dragon fin and a golden shark as its tankmate.
kurt - 2010-12-22
I have six blood parrot fish and I enjoy them but I need to know how to breed them. I have other like fish in the tank well the family that they come from once eggs were laid but was later eaten so how can I get the fish to lay more? My tank is at 84 the colors on the fish a bright and orange and they are in a 55 gallon tank.

Nancy - 2008-09-25
Hello anyone who could help me with my blood parrot. I have 4 of them and 3 are large and beautiful and healthy. The 4th was bought at the same time as the others
they are about 4 times his size. He is pale and skinny. It looks as if he can't open
his mouth. I then noticed one of the others is starting to not eat and looks like he can't open his mouth. Is this a possible disease or just normal? Please help if anyone knows.

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  • Mike Henkle - 2010-12-11
    You have 3 males and one female. The female being breed and because these fish are mouth breeders the female cannot eat until after the process is complete. If you only have blood parrots in the tank the males normally are not fertile so you wont get babies the female should act normal after the process but this will repeat an infinite cycle as the males in the tank will continue to try and breed with the female.
SUSANNE - 2010-07-05
I bought 2 parrot fish 2 days ago, and put them in a 55 gallon fish tank with lots of hiding places. The problem is, that they don't come out to eat, what should i do?

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  • Mike Henkle - 2010-12-11
    Mine did the same thing for around 2 weeks. They will eat while you sleep and will come around. If you buy small fish it will build the confidence of your blood parrot a little quicker, but after the parrots get older they will kill those small fish or at least they did in my tank. Hope this helps normal for parrots to hide for the first couple of days if not weeks. It is good that you have them in a pair hopefully it will end up being either a male female or two females two males could be a problem when they get older.
Jero - 2010-11-16
I have 3 orange blood parrots ( I assume ) in one tank that were given to me about 5 years ago. They've been getting on fine except today 2 attacked the one - fins bitten off etc so I've put it separate. What now? Will they continue to do that? If anybody knows, it would be greatly appreciated.

nick - 2010-11-08
I have parrots in a tank with a green terror, fire mouth, and a black convict. The parrot does very well in my tank (55 gallon). He is somewhat aggressive towards the green terror, gets along great with the fire mouth. I don't know much about how it gets along with the convict, only put him in today.. the parrot seems to do fine with big aggressive fish.. I also have a manganese but he's on the other side of a divider because he is way too big to mix with any of my other fish..... fire mouth 2'', green terror 4'', parrot 4'', convict 3'', manganese 10''. in a few months I'll take the divider out and see how things work out.

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  • Gunny Frank G - 2010-11-11
    Nick, I had a Big Manganese when I was stationed in Cali. in the 1980's. I had to give him away because I had orders to the east coast. Broke my heart. Now that I am a newly retired Gunny I am looking for another manganese. Here is my advice though. I had to keep mine in his own tank because he was so aggressive. I imagine he has his fangs by now. Jr. accidently bit my wifes finger while she was feeding him and brought blood. I had him with two Huge Barbs and caught him swimming around the tank with their heads in his mouth. Thank God that the bulging eyes went down when I removed them from his 75 gallon tank. They are definitely the coolest! "Manganese". If you know where I can get a true Manganese please tell me. Thanks and good luck, Frank.
Carol - 2010-08-25
My husband and I have had two Blood Parrots for about 8 years. It is true they really do have great personalities. One of them has been "laying" in the castle for over a month. It comes out of the castle to eat and appears to be fine for a few minutes then right back to the castle. The man who cleans and maintains our tank thinks the fish may have had a stroke? I can't imagine removing it from the tank and just letting it die. Any ideas?

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  • Helen - 2010-09-10
    About a week ago we bought 2 jelly bean parrots and five of their baby's which we have put just the baby's in a separate tank, the father we were told would eat the young but not the mother, anyway our male does the exact same thing so I called the pet store and I too thought maybe he had a stroke not the case, they told me they do that very often from stress it is very common, he will come out of his log chase his mate for a bit and right back in his log and laying sideways anyway that's what I was told.
  • Syd - 2010-10-27
    I have 3 parrots and love them to bits! They do tend to be shy though and will definitely hide. As long as he is eating I wouldn't worry too much about him. I have one that stays in his cave as well and he is very healthy! Good luck.
  • nick - 2010-11-08
    Just leave him be. I have a blood parrot that does the same thing. He does fine in my tank with a green terror, a fire mouth and black convict. He rarely ever comes out of a small hut like decoration I have in the tank, I actually turned it upside down just so I could see him more often. He started swimming around my tank more often in the past few days. Just give your fish some time and I'm sure it will be fine. As long as the other fish in your tank aren't attacking him he should live a fine life.
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.
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?

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
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