I am just wondering

I am just wondering what size tanks everyone has for their parrots, how many you have in a tank and what if any tank mates you have with them

Another Walmart Rescue

I was in town today picking up 2 small aquariums that I was given for free when I thought I would make a quick trip to Walmart to pick up a heater for one of the 15 gal tanks I was given. I promised myself I would not even look at the fish LOl I was minding my own business looking at the heaters when I heard a teenager gush about how cute the red and black fish was but that it looked a little different than her other goldfish. Soooooooooo of course I just had to glance over and it was a blood parrot.

top ten most posted questions? In no particular order!

1) why is my fish turning black?
2)why are my fish hiding?
3) why are they digging?
4)why are they kissing?
5) why are they fighting?
6) are they kissing or fighting
7)how do you tell male from female?
8) what is this tube thing hanging down?
9)theyve laid eggs, why dont they hatch-help?
10)the eggs HAVE hatched, what do I do - help?

welcome to new people

i just wanted to welcome any new people and to let you know that the people on this site are very nice. people who post on here don't try to make you feel bad for not knowing about fish care. we all started without knowing anything and have learned by sharing info. anyone who is trying to get information about their fish and is trying to have the best possible environment for them has come to the right place. some petstores give bad info and sell you too small a tank for your fish. this is the best site for the parrot cichlid. so welcome, and we hope to hear from you.

thank you

i just wanted to thank parrotcichlidgirl for taking care of this site and giving us a good place to share info on our unique fish. there isn't alot of positive info on the internet about our fish and i have learned alot from this site.


One of my parrots has what looks like a mole below his lip? It's fairly black but it doesn't look like it's growing... I had the water tested and it's in good condition. It's a 55 gal with 2 parrots, 6 silver dollar fish and 3 cory catfish... Any ideas?


One of our parrots is turningg black

Alright, to start off for those of you that dont know, I work at a pet store. We have 4 Blood Parrot Cichlids in a tank. I love our parrots like they are my own. They have quite the personality. Well the other day I noticed that one of them had blood patches on its fins and body. I didnt think much of it. I had 2 days off and when I saw the fish again it was even worse than before. I dont know what to do. I work tomorrow so I wanted to see what you guys think. As far as medicating the one tank we can not move the other 3 into another tank, we have no room all 35 tanks are filled.

Another Poll

What would you suggest -

A 20% water change every alternate day

A 50% water change every week

A 100% water change every 10 days.



Now Xmas is nearly here, how about asking for gift vouchers for your LFS, from all your friends and family, its a way of upgrading your tank without paying the whole amount yourself (here in the UK, all garden centers have aquatic depts)

Black Spots


I have 2 BP's in a 14 gallon tank, and the Bps are about 2.5-3 inches. Everything has been fine and they seemed healthy. Last night we added two small snails that were given to us. The parrots seem to be curious and try to eat the snails. This morning I noticed a lot of black on one of the Bps fins as well as on its underside. Is he/she sick!?

Please help!

Thank you!



new"ish" tank, one week on

New tank has been running for exactly one week, was stocked with all gravel,water and fish from old tank, plus old filter is running along with the new one for the moment, added 25gals of new water,conditioned and dechlorinated, no water changes as yet, Ammonia between 0 and 0.25 (hard to be sure,)PH 7.4, nitrite 0 nitrate 5.0, Im not too sure when it comes to cycling, hows it looking anyone?


i am new to this site and a fairly new parrot parent. So far my girl is doing fine and is friendly to me and her tankmates, however..........How on earth do you guys get good photographs? If i havnt got smaller fish darting infront of the camera, my parrot loses interest as she knows she isnt getting fed after ten mins of my face gawping at her! shes so bright and pretty, i jst want a good pic... help


Is there still a chat time or is it 'just-find-someone-online-when-you-are'?




I'm fairly new to having my H2O loving pet and I was wondering if play sand is really safe - i.e. from Lowe's - or should I get the marine stuff from the pet store? I realize that I'll need to clean it but I just got a new tank/filter and would really to like not screw it up!
Also- do Parrot's like a mixed substrate or should i look into removing the pebbles before adding sand. I thought that having some pebble with the sand might help keep the sand from compacting, but I really don't know. Any info would be helpful! Thanks!


PH Levels and Amonia

I was wondering if someone could help me out on what my ph, Ammonia should be. I will be getting a jelly bean parrot and just a Orange parrot chihild I am new to all of this and would like to know what all my levels should be at to keep them healthy. I have had my tank up now for a few days, no fish just cycling it for now


This is my 1st Parrot cichlid and I made the mistake of putting him in with an African cichlid. The parrot was bigger and the other cichlid was used to being the small fish in the tank so I thought it would work. I was wrong but I have gotten my parrot cichlid a brand new 56 gal tank. I am planning on getting him some tank mates or dither fish but I want to be sure that no one gets beat up again. Should I wait to get some more fish to let my parrot fish get acclimated? If not, what others should I be looking into?


this isn't about parrots

one of my male africans, an elongatus, was so obsessed with breeding that he has probably killed the female. she just released her fry like a week ago and she has had three straight batches of fry. she wasn't ready so he chewed off her face. she is in my hospital tank, but i don't have much hope. when i added salt she freaked and swam around all crazy as it burned. hopefully i can save her. she looks horrible right now, kind of like a zombie. it makes me want to feed that male to my daughter's cat.

rescue fish

I help to assist children to read at my local school and they had a fish in a small dirty algae covered tank no filter or air-stones, so dirty and neglected that you couldn't see the fish at all in the dead plants, no one took any notice of it and dropped a feeding block in now and again, well, what would you do?, when they all went out for dinner and the teacher went to the staff room ,I scooped it out in a crayon tupperware box and took it home and now my friend has it! I told them it had died! Im normally such a honest person and I don't regret it one bit!


My new tank looks good, pity Im here in England (am I the only Brit here?) as I have taken out decor and driftwood and have a big piece of brain coral, all free, will post pics once old filter is out,the trickle filter is great, I can change it without getter my fingers wet and no priming, the front corners are rounded, no seals, nice to see the fish, but now in their new tank I notice a little group of four tiny fish which although all different are schooling together, Im going to have to get a few more of each to make them all happy!


I have a big five inch plus orange jellybean parrot cichlid in a thirty gallon long tank with one rainbow shark and one common pleco. I now this is small but the aquarium is on the second floor . Anyway my parrot cichlid has always liked to hide but is now to big. I bout a cool cave at petsmart yesterday but the cave is to small. I have driftwood a log cave for my shark and a rock formation thing for my pleco but the my parrot cichlid named fred has none any advice on parrot cichlid decor thanks FREDDYBOY?


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