blood parrot X red texas update

Hello Everyone, I still have a couple of those blod parrot hybreds i have been working on. A whille back i got a purple blood parrot and a red texas cichlid to breed, and most of the babys turned out to be normal fishy shaped, and ran from black to metallic blue with ruby red eyes. I have one that is orange, and blue, with some black, wich i expect to fade away. Only two had any kind of parrot shape to them. And overall they tended to be on the eyeball eater side of mean, If you crowd them. I will have to post some more pictures.                

Scott The Plumber



Again one of my Parrot fish is going through what I know to be the egg laying process. She is paired up with what I thought to be another female but he or she is acting like a male. They are both together in the cave, or they were they are now swimming about. Without going into this long story I would like to know if it is possible my fish are eating the eggs soon after laying them? Or, is my female unable to produce eggs? Her white tube is long and extended where it is usually barely seen.

white ich on my blood parrot PLZ HELP!!!!

FRNDS my blood parrot pair is suffering from white spot or ich . i have kept them in a bucket with malachite F green soln for 3 days  with slight aeration , but the ich is increasing.   plz suggest me remedy to get rid of this disese. plz do help.



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Dewie and Parrot cichlid girl

You guys had both responded to my post about having a cloudy tank and offered some help. I apologize first and thank you second. I didnt get back to you guys because I fixed my cloudy tank problem immediatly after posting about it! I did like a 50% water change and purchased two air stones that pump out double the amount of bubbles than my other one did. I have since been doing 20% water changes weekly, without skipping a week. A simple fix but that was the trick. I guess the bubbles are just keeping a flow of the tank nice with the weekly water changes was all I needed.

Follow up on a story from a little while back

A while back I wrote a story about returning one male Parrot to the fish store after having him for over a year. Well I have been checking up on the guy and it seems that he did the same thing in the pet stores 200 gl. tank as he was in mine. After adapting to his new home he took up with another female, they paired off picked a corner of the tank and commenced to building a nest. I asked the pet store owner how much he would charge me if I took my fish back. I was suprised when he said 20 dollars but thats neither here nor there.

Does parrot dance ? My pinky does....

Hello Friends.. My eyes were widely opened when I saw my Pinky (Orange but now Pink Parrot) was dancing... She/He was turning head left and rigt and tail in head's opposite direction...What a beautiful movement it was...moreover, She/he is throwing stones by his/her mouth at sucker mouth fish....I am really happy to see that but not sure about his/her body moment, was she/he dancing..????


I boil up some water then throw in some frozen spinach leaves and a brussel sprout, let them cook for a couple of minutes then pour a little cold water over them after I take them out then I cut them up into small pieces. In my tank are 4 silver dollars, 2 rainbow cichlids, 3 gouramis ( 2 gold, 1 opaline) 1 large tinfoil barb, 2 plecos and 3 Blood Parrots. 15 fish in a 55 gl. tank. When I put these cut up vegetables in the tank every one of my fish, ( except the plecos) race to the spot and frantically gobble up the offering! They all seem to love spinach and brussel sprouts lol!


Home Made Filter! Simple But effective...

Hello All, I prepared a home made filter and it's running fine now.. I guess, someone might have tried here. I used a air pump, water bottle, a sponge! Anyone has any other idea what to use (karbonn filter or something) inside the bottle too? Thanks in advance.



I was passing by a nail salon place and happened to look in the window and saw a 200 gl. tank housing a couple of large, familiar looking fish. I took a double take and wound up going in. There was these two Parrot fish doing a typical standoff/dance/fight thing that they do! These fish were at least 10 inches long and really thick. The guy that owned the place wasnt able to tell me if they were the blood parrots that we know and love ( the hybrids) or if they were the other parrot fish found out there naturally.

New! User badges!

What are those little orange stars next to some people's names? 


Well, I'm trying out a system of user badges. If you post 5 items - messages or comments - you will get one star. 10 items gets you two stars! At the moment I've limited it to 4 stars maximum.


Yellow parrot

Hi I have a pair of yellow parrot. its been 2 months i have bought them and have kept them in a 45 gal tank.

Home sweet home!

For my fish I like to keep a tank with some live plants,driftwood and natrual looking hides such as rocks and caves. But I also house them with fish of their community but also ones who come from South and Central America. Such as convicts,angelfish,and also midas and blue front cichlids who make the beautiful hybrid parrot cichlid. Also I think a 30-40 gal tank should be to just hold one parrot cichlid or with other fish a 50-240 gal aquarium. I have sand as my substrate woth pebbles in it. It is ok to have sand but add a some pebbles for them to pick on.


Two Angels at our home now..

Hello Everyone.. First of all, I would like to express my feeling that how impressed I am with this website, and all site members like a family...!!! Site is fabulous and having full of imformation.. Your hardwork and hobby presents the work here.... Thanks to everyone. My name is Piyush and my wife Nehal.. Ok,We would like to introduce our Angels (Parrot Fishes).. - Pinky and Bapu (The orange one).. You can see them in my profile picture.


red eye cichlid


My name is Karla and I have two Blood Parrot Cichlids. They are 5 years old. One is smaller than the other. I  love my cichlids dearly, they are so much fun to watch and take care of. I feed them sinking pellets and shrimp brine. Just recently one of them has red eyes. Can some one tell me if this is normal ? I have them in a 20 gallon tank.

Thank you,



my blood parrot is about 3 inches long and in a 5 gallon tank.  he (or she) is one year old and seems happy, eats well.  (pellets and bloodworms for occasional treat)   the tank tests high for alkeline....what does that mean?  when i vacuum and change out the 20%, it's always pretty clean.  also, she just developed black patches which the pet store said could be scratches from digging.  she is the only fish in the tank.  thanks, input is appreciated.


7year old needs help

Has anyone had the same problem? I have a 7 year old parrot cichlid which has been a great fish for us entertaining and endearing it's self with her owners and company over the period. Now however she has a problem. Despite looking and behaving well she have a swelling hanging down at the egg tube area  outside the body which has a blood/ flesh type appearance. I thought it might be a blockage and have stopped feed for the time being. Is it a Hernia or maybe a prolapse of the rectum and can anything be done?



I have three parrots, used to have 4. I took 1 back to the pet shop because he was overly aggressive. During this period of time where he and 1 of my females were trying to make a family, he became overly aggressive towards all the fish in my tank this behavior didnt stop for two weeks and in that time the female went through the ritual of egg laying. I could be wrong because no eggs were produced. On the underside of the fish a white tube was extended she was being guarded by the male while she was swimming upside down in the cave.

crossing with red devil

I really, really want to try my hand at breeing my own parrot babies. I have 2 parrots which I know are female (have previously spawned with male parrots) and have just bought a young (hopefully) male red devil. I was thinking of adding both females to the tank so that he can take his pick and then remove the extra female.

Does anybody have any experience with this? Is there anything I should do to encourage them?




In need of some advice

Hello everyone..I am new here and this is my first post. Im sorry but im gonna jump right in because I am desperate for help.I have a 2 year old blood parrot..she is in a 55 gallon tank with 4 redfin tetras and 3 glo fish.  They all get along just fine.. Lately, Ruby..My blood parrot has been staying at the surface in the water flow from the filter. She also has been twitching her anal fins and flashing. It almost looks like she shakes her head at times also. She seems to have a hard time eating..almost like she cant suck it in or something..she will only try to get the very small pieces.


New parrot

Got my first parrot a few weeks ago. So cute. He had a lot of black markings at first but now is completely orange with some light blue spots on tail. He comes out a lot more now too and just this week started taking a pea from my fingers. Such a cool fish. Love him already!


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