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Breeding Success?

I know that BPs are mostly sterile and often lay eggs that go on to form fungus and die.  Yet despite that I have read that there are people who have had success in getting fry.  Has anyone here been lucky enough to get this far?  If so was it a BP pair or a BP and another cichlid? 

I am new to this community and new to BPs all together but not new to the range of cichlid breeding.  Since I can't seem to locate anymore information on the successes of this fish I was hoping that someone would have a successful batch of offspring.  Its not impossible but still very unlikely.  This fish are so cute I wish they were more like Convits in the fact that those guys got the reproduction thing down. lol

Any information would be great. 



Welcome to the site!

The males are all sterile because of the amount of hormones they give them when they are just babies to bring out there adult orange color. If you find a baby parrot that isn't orange it should be able to have fry but these parrots are very hard to find because most stores that sell Blood Parrots get theres from Asia where its legal to give them hormones. Now most female should not be sterile and can breed with certain South American cichlids such as Red Devils, Convicts, Midas, Jellybean Parrots, and Flowerhorns. I suspects Jack Dempseys and Severums but have heard no stories of this occurring.

Petsmart sells a type of Blood Parrot that I suspects hasn't been given hormones like the oranges. Theses ones turn yellow orange or brownish orange with black stripes (like one of mine). They are considerably cheaper ($10 not $25) and would be your best bet if you wanted to breed Blood Parrots but its not guaranteed because I can't say for sure if they are given hormones but I doubt it since they don't produce that sought after orange color. Another combination would be to breed a female Blood Parrot with a male Jellybean Parrot.

I think your information is a bit mixed up, male blood parrots are sterile because the sperm they produce just isn't strong enough to penetrate the eggs, this is basically just a defect, like you find in humans, the hormones they are given is however as you say, to produce colour, and females have always been fertile, females can and will spawn with any suitable male, they are such hussy's!, there is work now going on with hormones and male fish but this is to produce fertile males, confused!!!!!!!!

not all males are sterile because over the years a few ppl have had babys in tanks that had nothing but parrots in them. i think like chris said your best bet would be to get a young parrot that is not orange yet. if they never got the hormons that make them change color they should be able to breed. i'm going to try this myself soon. i have a small shop and i have 2 older baby parrots now that i want to try to bring home and put with 2 of my females. one is just about half yellow now the other is still all dark. i'm hoping they are male but i dont know for sure yet. i just need to rework my tanks to hold them. 7 tanks and still no room. lol.

i have read that the hormones they are given to get thier color is poss making the males sterile. i think its worth a try to see if the males that have not been treated just might be able to fertilize eggs. i just dont know if the 2 i have are male yet. they are young and have never tried to breed yet. i'm hoping they will breed with 1 of my 2 free females that i have at home. also when my parrots lay eggs they never turn white. a few will but most stay a clear grayish color. i know what good eggs look like my angels have babys all the time. they look like good eggs they just always get eatten before they can hatch. they have had eggs for 4 or 5 days before they have been eatten but some fish eggs take a week or 2 to hatch. i have never taken the eggs out to try and hatch them with out the mom and dad. my angels always hatch thier own. thier eggs only take 2 or 3 days. well i'm going to try it. ill add the new ones in about a week and ill see what happens. it will be nice if it works.

The way you say it sounds possible but I think the hole "hybrid" thing is bunk because plenty if not all hybrids are not sterile. But in Asia (can't remember which country) where they have the hatcheries, they give them hormones to bring out the adult colors at such an early age. Thats why you will see a parrot at 1 inch (2.5 cm) that is orange and at the same time see them with baby colors. They do the same thing with oscars and thats why you have so many oscars that are sterile and so many baby oscars less than an inch with their adult colors. You give a human male hormones and it makes him sterile. The hormone thing is legal in the Asian country but not in the US. You will see the orange colored babies sell for high prices but the same size no hormone babies sell for significantly less.

thanks alot for all the feed back. I have added Hero Severums, and a Midas Cichlid into the tank in hopes that maybe one of them like my Parrots. I have setup seperate breeding tanks in hopes that one day I will get a pair and good things will happen. Not for resale but for knowledge of the "immpossible." Not everything must be done with Dyes and hormones.

Also I don't have the typical "Orange" Parrots. They are more black and yellow calico. I thought they looked cuter than the black or orange ones. Anyone know if they are dyed yellow and the black is a mistake?

Still looking for anyone who has had success with Parrots?

most of the babys i get at the shop do turn yellow and black when they start to get thier color. i think they will get all yellow and or orange as time goes by. they always sell at the shop before they change all the way. ill see what happens when i bring these 2 home. so i dont think a yellow and black has been dyed or treated. good luck.

after watching my BPs for the last month adjust to their new tank. One of the calico yellow/black BPs has turned completly yellow. All traces of the black are gone and under the right light has started to almost look like its going to keep changing to orange or red. The other BP the same size from the same tank is still very much yellow/black. Since I stare at my fish everyday I haven't noticed any change in color.

As a side note for breeding I found some stories of success:
There is success! Just keeping the information train rolling.