1 bp in 29 gallon mate suggestions

I know that there is another thread on this, but it got really long and drawn out about how to do polls on the site and such.....

My background is this:
I am setting up a brand new 29gal tank and will purchase one young BP from petsmart this week. Right now I moved a dwarf platy and a painted white skirt into the tank to help jump start the nitrogen cycle. I came across this site and found out I will need dither fish to help the BP be a little more social.


New BP!!

OK guys i went and got he/she today, still no name. but i am hoping to be able to post pics and find out what he/she is. so far it is not really shy at all unless you walk too close to the tank. but the tank is right next to my recliner, and he comes over and looks at me occasionally. but if i get up he swims real fast to his pot behind the driftwood. then peeks out at me. comes out and eats just fine. i am very pleased so far i was expecting not to see him from the time i placed him in the tank till he was full grown. lol! but i still can't come up with a name.

Air pump?

I am in the process of setting up my 29 gallon tank, parrots are the fish of my choice. My local tropic fish store told me that I did not need a air filter because I have 2 filters a 20 & 30 gal). Do I need an air pump?


welcome back

wondered where youd been, rough time!! nice to have you back, still in philli?

Parrot Losing Color

I have 4 parrots in a 125 gallon tank. One of the four is losing it's color. It was red, then pinkish and now almost a peach. The others are not changing color. It doesn't seem to have a decrease in appetite. I feed them tropical flake, frozen bloodworms and frozen spirulinia enriched brine shrimp.

I don't know if it is even an issue but it's causing me some concern. Can anyone help?


Please help!! My parrot is swelled with eggs and can't have them

Please if someone can tell me what to do about my female parrot. She laid eggs about 2 months ago. When she was done, it looked like there were eggs fungused on her egg tube. I put anti-fungal medicine in the tank and it seemed to clear up. Today, she is trying to lay eggs and the eggs won't come out. Her egg tube is very big and looks terrible. I don't know what to do for her. I am hoping this doesn't kill her. Her belly is really swelled with eggs. If anyone has had this problem or knows what to do, please let me know. Thanks

New Worry, could use some help : (

My fish are pretty much at the bottom of the 55g tank and very lethargic. I'm worried.

Still cycling, and showing a reading for both ammonia and nitrites; in that order 0.20 and close to 1.0 (this is freakin me out).

Shoudl I change some water for them??????? I know that they are far more apathetic then is the norm.

Advice anyone???

My poor parrots!


Quick Survey: Feeding Ur BP's

1. How often do you feed your BP's?

2. What do you feed them?


first time breeding

hello i think it is what is happening we have a hollow upright log and one is in and the other one chaseing all the other fish away my wife and sister in law can see what we think is eggs can any body help me on what to do.
thank you


The story of my parrots, thus far... : )

SInce all I have thus far done is worry and look for good advise I feel it is now time to - bum-bum bum bummm - describe my guys.

I have four blood parrots. Though the first is by a bit of a margin my absolute favorite. - His name is Paul and I think of my tank as 'Pauls' House'. Paul was discovered in a store when I was only window shopping,... You know, in order to begin and paint a picture in my minds eye as to what fish I wanted for my tank. - And I was only going to have one large fish after all as the tank was only twenty gallons...

another question for everyone

Hey everybody I reall appreciate all the help and of course I have 1000's of questions... I have taken your advice and I am buying a larger tank and now for future reference I am wondering if bp's will do well with aggressive fish? (ie red devil cichlids) I noticed in the pet store they keep the bp's in the aggressive tan but they seem far from aggressive!

junior's tube is out and she is in the pot again

this time i am going to wait until the eggs a fertilized and remove the eggs so they can't eat them. i cleared out my 5 gallon for the eggs and will be raising them myself. they have eaten two batches already. i think it is because that tank is in a high traffic area and they feel threatened. we will see.

i know probably not...

but could i also get a convict in with my parrot and dithers. tank is a 29. tank is still cycling so there is nothing in it yet. i just wanted some of your opinions! thanks!!


ok i went and looked at some parrots today and there were 2 different tanks. one tank had some parrots that were yellowish with dark drown. which i know is common for baby parrots but then there were some above them that were just beautiful and were a dark orangeish red. and of course like $10 more. but the lady called them bloody red parrots. i know the colors will make them more but are they bred with different fish. the lady of course had no idea. why are they called something different. i mean goldfish come in different colors but they are still called goldfish.

Okay i feel stupid

well as I said I already lost one of my BP's and the remaining one seems to be doing fine with only a spotted raphael in the tank how long do I have before I should up size my tank and is it absolutely necessary to get a 55 gallon tank cause I just don't have the room in my bedroom.. i was hoping to get a 40 gallon at the most, my parrot is only about 1.5" and I was told he would only grow to his surroundings is this true?

feeding question????

I had tropical fish at one point & I have a very large container of flakes would it be problematic if I fed it to my bps????

Possible New Parrot Owner Has Questions ...

Hello! I saw my first Blood Parrot last night at our local pet store. She smiled at me, and I fell in love!! I really want to go buy her after work tonight (before anyone else gets her) but I know I need to get quite a few things for ... like a tank and much more. Can someone please tell me what I need to get and how to get started. I want to do this right, but I want her tonight! : ) Thank you!

Concerned: update #2 and grateful for all your feedback so far

(Note: Last update is down in the chemical readings of my amonia/nitrite levels. Last updates are IN BOLD TYPE, including new questions, which are all inserted directly into this post, which I started yesterday. I still could really use some advice at this point so that I can continue to give optimal care to my fish, and maybe gain some piece of mind in the venture! : )

I have a 55 gallon tank, it is approximately 3 weeks old and contains 4 BP's and 2 Convicts.


New Tank

OK y'all i FINALLY got my tank. It is up and running, still cycling. but i am so excited! Just a 29 but, as of now that is all that would have fit. We'll see after the move!


New comer

Hey everyone I love my surviving parrot and I am new to this so does anyone have advice on Parrot fish I only have a 15 gallon tank with 1 blood parrot and a spotted raphael is there room for another parrot or should I buy a bigger tank?


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