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How do you tell the sex of your blood parrots?

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Trish

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The way that I have been told is to look at their head, if they have a big hump on their head they are male, if not female. That is what I have been told.

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Another clue can be the shape of the fins, all males have pointed fins but so do some females ,however only females have rounded fins, so its easy to spot a female but not so easy to confirm a male(unless spawning when the male gets a little pink behind the gills and on the throat) so that's all clear is it?

what fins on it are pointed? mine is a little pink colored.....does that help?

the fins are not very reliable i have a male with rounded fins. i do have an older male that does have the nuchal bump, but they are pretty old by the time they get that. the only way to be sure is to watch them spawn, or to vent them. parrots have pretty large breeding tubes so it is pretty easy to see. the male breeding tube is pointier and looks like a V and the female breeding tube is more rounded and looks more like a U.

the fins aren't a good way to sex parrots. but the dorsal fin and the anal fin are the pointy fins they talk about. right by the anus is the breeding tube. if your parrots are sexually mature you can sex them without netting them (most of the time). the breeding tube is a fleshy colored nub right by the fin. look at the other post i left in here for the way to tell the difference

Hi! I am having some problems with my parrot fishes. Had my 10gal aquarium for a year and lost 5 parrots. 2 in a row last week. I don't know why I can't keep them alive. Feed them 2x a day, change the water 50% every 2 weeks, and kept the temp at 82. The biggest one left, is around 6 inch. hardly eating since her two friends of the same size died last week. I have 2, 2 inch. with him/her right now. Help!

umm i would say the biggest reason is the tank is much to small. 1 needs at least a 30 gal, and the 3you have they need a 50, maybe bigger depending on the size they get. and the water needs to be changed every week, or twice a week, 20-30%. there is just no way you can keep the water quality good in a tank that small. it will go bad quickly and then it will be too late. parrots are thick fish so they need more space. they are also just messy by nature, and they like to dig in the gravel, so they cause they water to get filled with stuff. you need to get a much bigger tank and then you will find that your problems will be much smaller. just think if you had to live in a closet, and not the walk in kind, for your whole life then we put 2 more people in there as well. it would soon stink and you wouldnt be having much fun before to long. and if a parrot stops eatting then things are bad and most of the time they dont come back, they need to be A) moved to a bigger tank B) given to a pet shop so they can be in a bigger tank. but do a water change like now. that may put a dent in the condition he is in. sorry to sound harsh but its the truth.

I agree, you shouldn't keep even one in a 10gal tank, do partial water changes until you get a bigger tank

i definitly agree! please get a bigger tank right away. or if u dont have the money, do the right thing 4 them and try to give them to someone with a bigger one. i only have 2 in a 55 gallon and sometimes they fight over territory. and theres no way that any of urs can have any territory or place to call there own in a tank of that size. and they need that or they get really stressed out. i think thats whats happening to urs.im really sorry if all this sounds mean, we dont mean to gang up on u,but that tank is so small. shaz is right 1 parrot shouldnt even be in a 10 gallon.

I SEE A FEW PROBLEMS STARTING WITH
(1)TANK SIZE....A 1O GAL IS FOR GUPPIES AND OTHER SMALL FISH...U NEED 30 GAL FOR EACH PARROT
(2)FOR THAT SIZE TANK YOU MOST LIKELY WOULDN'T NEED A HEATER
(3)DEFINATELY OVER FEEDING

HAVE YOU BEEN TESTING THE WATER PERAMETERS EVEY OTHER DAY WITH A TEST KIT?

i thought you can't breed parrot fish because they are a hand breed fish of two totall ydifferent species ????

correct, male parrot fish are almost always sterile (like 98%) but females are and will spawn with any other suitable cichlid,however, some breeders are injecting parrots with hormones which results in fertile males, and there are reports coming through of more male parrots breeding in home aquariums,but the chances of this happening is still around 97% against,but a pair will still go through all the motions ,laying eggs etc the only sure way of sexing parrots before they are laying eggs is to turn them over!!! otherwise if they lay eggs the male has a breeding tube like this V and the female like this U

My parrot has bulging rounded belly. Would that have anything to do with the sex ?

no, if only it was that easy!

no, i think that might have to do with breeding.

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