My Parrot Fish Has Become Lethargic, What Could Be Wrong?

My biggest Parrot has become lethargic overnight. He is usually the boss of the tank, first to greet me when I come near the tank, first to get to the food. I noticed last night that it now hides all the time and does not come to me with the other fish when I come near the tank. At feeding time he doesn't look too interested in food. He may eat a little, but then spits it back out and thrashes around. This is a greedy fish who can eat a pea whole, never spits out anything.

The other Parrot is female

In my past posts I talked about my female parrot going through the whole egg laying process without delivering eggs. She paired off with a male at first that I had to return to the pet store a while back because he became really aggressive. Then she paired off with what at the time I didnt know if it was a male or another female. The other fish hung out with my female Parrot going through the motions and then going their seperate ways once my female either laid eggs and ate them right away or just went through the whole process but just never laid eggs I dont know I never saw eggs.

Help Please!

Hi! I purchased a parrot cichild last month on the 15 along with a bala shark. Well the bala shark died. It stopped eating. Let me say this is my first time having any kind of animal or pet. I didn't know that 1 fish had to be in a 30 gallon tank? Do I have a few days to work on buying this 30 gallon tank? Any who my cichild has been in the 5 gallon tank alone. Just recently she has started displaying black spots. I don't want my fish to die. I feed her tropical fish flakes. I don't know what to do? Oh yea I checked the ph level and its 7.5 my water temp is between 76-78.



Hi I have 2 blood parrots and they seem to be really shy and they lay at the bottom of the tank sometimes they swim and eat fine they also seem to be breathing heavy please help 

tank is 250 liter with fluval 305 filter I have done a water check and everything is fine they are housed with 2 dwarf gouramis 4 columbian tetra red spotted plec youl loach and ruby shark 

Wanting a Parrot Cichlid

So I am wanting ONE parrot cichlid and I have a 16 gallon aqueon bowfront tank with everything in it and it has been up and running now for over a week. I was thinking about getting a juvenile which the ones I'm looking at ranges between 2-4 inches. I know they can get big AND that is why I have a 55 GALLON acrylic aquarium I hope someone can give me some advice and if they can't get in the 16, can someone give me some other EXOTIC fish recommendations???


Which (if any) are less aggressive, male or female?

I'm looking to purchase 3 blood parrots probably next week, but before I do, I want to know that everyone will coexist happily. So I wondered if I should get all three the same sex, or how that should work.

another blood parrot site

Theres another site if it's ok with parrotcichlidgirl I would like to share it with everybody. Its just a site that has stories of people and their pet Blood Parrots. I think its an old site with old postings I think the most recent posts were in 2010 or 2011. It is by no means a site like this one, which is the best Blood Parrot site on the web in my opinion, it's just a bunch of stories that are funny, interesting that I would like to pass on if its ok.What you have to do is put in a search for Blood Parrot animal stories and thats one of the things that comes up.


There are those of you who I am sure have read all my past posts on my fish and the egg laying or non egg laying rituals she sometimes (they), go through. Well, this latest time has all the usual activities in place. She is at the stage where her and her partner are in the cave taking turns who stays in the cave and who takes a quick swim around the cave chasing away any fish that come close. She has removed most all of the gravel that lays beneath one of the stones.


Pinky fights with Bapu

HI Guys, Sorry.. And of course I missed you all. :-) Happy Friendship day.

It's long time I visited this site. So It feels like getting back to the world of Parrots!

But on this Friendship day occasion, I observed that Pinky (Young-Pink Parrot) fights with BApu (Orange fish) and Bapu is not doing well :-(

I removed Pinky from tank and Bapu is recovering (Fingured Crossed).

I need an advise whether Pinky would be doing friendship with Bapu If I will put Pinky back in tank ?


BP is looking terrible


idk if this is the right place to post this but my blood parrot looks sick, much paler than usual and has a huge bulb on the corner of his mouth, please any help is much appreciated, i am very worried.


Bored with my tank!

The thing is I take what I would say is great care of my fish and they will live a long time which in turn leaves me with a small dilemna. I am at my max with my fish count and, until one passes along the fish I have are the fish I have, and I wish I could house more! Another tank is out of the question, I was almost thinking of switching some fish with my local, lfs is what its called I guess,(local fish store)lol. Well I'm not gonna take any fish back, I dont think its right because I feel this tank is their home. They are comfortable here!


For the owners of BP's that got there from Petsmart would you  consider them reliable place to get BP's. I've been  doing a lot of reading on theses lil cuties and a couple of sources claim that places like Petsmart get the lower quality BP's. They call them lower quality because they can keep there mouth closed and some don't turn orange as they get older. Is any of this true? and what was your experiance with BP's and Petsmart? THX!xoxo

what are your thoughts

In my tank I have a small 1" white parrot. Petdumb told me it was a Blood Parrot and would turn orange eventually. I've learned it's probably a jellybean cross and will never turn orange. I also have 2 Blood Parrots (Dudley&Deloris) who are much bigger and bully the small jellybean (Fionn), often not allowing him out of his castle. My female blood parrot laid eggs and they hatched. Dudley and Deloris are very protective and move them around. Since BPs are sterile, my assumption is that my little Fionn fertilized the eggs but I'm not sure how.


purple parrot crosses update

Hello Everyone,

I was looking at the stuff on the borders of this site and noticed that article about where did blood parrots come from? Well, one of the pictures is a red headed chichlid. That is the exact shape most of them were. I will have to get a picture of my orange, blue, and black hybred purple parrot X red texas chichlid. Wich has almost no black left on it. just orange and differant shades of blue. 

Scott The Plumber


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.



suggestions invited at        


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..????


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