She seems to be fading...

My 7+ y/o BP seems to be fading to white. I've had her for more than seven years and recently upgraded her to a 40 gallon tank. I also realized that I was keeping the water to cool (71-72 degrees) so I've slowly upped the tank temp to 78 degrees. She seems very happy and active but she's getting quite pale. Is this just age????? Thanks!!


euthanize fish painlessly

can I just alert everyone to my recent comment on how to euthanize fish painlessly, it works for me ,if anyone has tried anything else,what do you think about this method,would you try it next time?

My blood parrot

Hello there, I want to start by saying that i have a 25 gl tank with two 5 inches BP and everythig was fine except that they are allways fithing or playing; I really don't know. About one month ago one of them has his or her fins ripped and some kind of a white spot on them.
What can i do...does any body has an idea of what is wrong. He seems fine but i don't like to see him or her like that.

Thanks, Lina



The justly named Pumpkin is the new(er) addition to the tank. I just now joined this forum, but have had Pumpkin for a few months now, and Pumpkin is about 4.5 inches. I believe that Pumpkin is a female, because I THINK I saw her ovipositor on her under side a couple weeks ago.

Tank mates

Just curious what everyone had for tank mates with their BP's?

Please help Alpha and Beta

Hi everyone,


Re Craters in the head

The craters on our big Parrat Cichlid, Joe, started as white spots (like a teenager’s whitehead). Several more have appeared all above the eyeline. I haven’t found any mention of these white spots in my Web searches. We have tried isolating and treating Joe with Novalek for several weeks without success.

Joe swims normally but doesn't eat. He is beautiful and we have great affection for him. If anyone has suggestions or leads for treatments we would be grateful.


Pretty pretty parrots

Ive recently seen a beautiful parrot that ive never seen before, (although there all beautiful!) it was bright orange and had stark white bloches all over her/his body. i was wondering what kind this might be. I also seen a pure black and white parrot.... i jus dont know how they would have made or bred theses parrots this way? Hopefully there not dyed, they said it wasnt but i deff trust you guys on this site way more.

What to do next?

I have a 75 gallon tank with 6 parrots, 2 pink kissing gouramis, 1 geophagus and some random small catfsih. The tank is crowded now that they have all grown in size. I am aware of that and I am working on getting a 55 set up to move some so they have more space. I have had 3 of my parrots for 6 years and added a couple of baby ones about a year ago and they all have grown quickly. All fish have lived together and have never had any problems getting along until recently. Last week I found my oldest and second smallest parrot upside down with his fins ripped to shreds.


craters around head area of parrot fish

Hi, i am new to this website. I was wondering if anyone elses fish have been suffering with the condition that some of my fish get which comes and goes and has no effect on behaviour or eating but the fish develop large holes around the head as if something is eating away at he fish. It is alarming and i am wondering what is the best treatment for this condition.


Thinking about buying a Blood Parrot

I currently have a 29 gallon tank with an Oscar in it. I am going to move the Oscar into a 55-75 gallon tank within the next few weeks in order to allow him to grow larger and to have more room. He will be in this tank by himself.

My intention is to use the 29 gallon tank for something else and because I like the look of Blood Parrots, I was intending on putting one or two in the 29 gallon tank.

I am curious about the PH and temperature requirements and full size of a Blood Parrot. Can I put two in a 29 gallon tank?

Captain Jack gets brave!!!!!!

At last! Captain Jack (the tiny parrot) can now be seen swimming about at least 45% of the time, although he can still make it back behind the filter in double quick time, if I had been new to parrots, and not understood their behaviour, I might have been worried, it was mid November when I got him, is this a record for a non appearance by a parrot?

Parrot's with tropical black shark?

I am planning to get 1 feet long tropical black shark in my 60x18x24 LxWxH tank. I have 2 parrots of size 4 inches in that and I am also adding 2 more parrots of 4 inches size. I want to know will black shark gel well with parrots? Also I would like to know what are the other tank mates I can have with my parrots?




I copy and paste my pics into my message, you need to add "400 width" into the message to make it the right size,it took my months to do it!!! Now I cant remember how I got them onto the gallery

2 parrots fish acting weird?

Hi everybody,
My current tank contains 2 big parrot fish, 2 small ones, a green arowana, an iridescent shark and a small pleco. All of my parrot fish are heart-parrot cichlids. In fact, I have lost 1 of the big parrots about a month ago, so I've just bought a new big one.
Now I am facing to the following problems:
- The 2 big parrot fish always hide themselves in a corner of the tank, although they do come out to have their meal. All of the time, they are just lying on their sideways adjacent to the filter.


Some Pics

Here are some links to pictures of my parrot cichlid and the new tank I got for Christmas. I hope they actually work and don't just give an error. Enjoy!

My Christmas Present

Is my fish having sight problems?

My blood parrot is 7+ years old and I've noticed that in the last month or so she is having trouble "catching" her pellets. I don't know if she's not seeing properly and therefore missing them (that's what appears to be happening), or if there's something wrong with her mouth. Before she always just aimed for the floating pellet and got it. Any ideas? Are there other types of food that she might be able to more easily get?


sick parrots

Im a new owner of parrots, the store owner sold them to me with a 15 gl. tank. So I had 2 parrots, 1 angel and an algae eater. One of them started looking pretty awful, little did I know I needed a heater, So I bought one and was told ot keep it at 78, is that correct? Since installing he heater I had 2 parrots die on me. Ive replaced them and now the new fish are doing showing the same behavior, staying in one spot at the bottom of the tank near a hole they dug. Am I killing my fish? Help!!!


My Parrot

I have 1 parrot cichlid named Polly and I've had her (or maybe him??) for a little over 7 years. She was about 1 1/2 inches long when I got her and is now about 8 inches long. She's full of personality and we all love her (she chases the kids up and down the tank and comes up to the glass to "kiss" them). I'm glad to have found this site with it's useful information and lack judgmental comments toward the fact that I own a "man-made" fish! Lisa

want to start with a breeding pair

I just started an intrest in bps. At my local fish stop, the owners saw a pair breeding and decided to sell them as a pair. I WANT THEM!!! but all I have is a 20 gal with a 40 gal filter. there is no way I can a) afford a bigger tank and b) my landlady will NOT allow another tank set up! will the 20 gal do? Or should I wait till i have a bigger tank and the room? mind that the shope is selling the bp CHEAP!



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