Male or Female

smileyNow, I know to identify the gender of a parrot fish you must vent them, which I am not to keen on doing for the fish's safety and we'll being (I'm not an expert fish handler) and was wondering if there is any other possible way of finding the gender of my parrot, Teeto. I believe that "he" is a boy but am not quite sure. He is very agressive which leads me to believe that he is male but then again, I'm not sure.

Please Help with my Blood Parrot


I have 10 year old Blood Parrot and he has those white things on his face or nose and its getting worst and worst. Other fish is fine, they are not getting sick like him.

He is eating, swimming fine, digging rocks every day like he been doing. But if its important about 3 month ago he got sick really bad, he stopped eating, than he laid on his side behind the rock for 3 or 5 days and I thought he was dying and on 6th or 7th day he came out and started swimming fine and started getting better and better.


Baby parrot fish doesn't eat

i have a 120 gallon tank with 6 relatively small BPs, one large BP and a few assorted small fish.  I just introduced a baby (juvenile) BP to the tank. I say he's juvenile because he is black and I assume he hasn't changed color yet.  He hides much of the time.  During feeding times he comes out but doesn't eat.  I have had him two weeks now and I have only seen him eat one flake, and I watch him carefully. I am worried he's going to starve himself to death.

Behavior questions

i have six BPs in a 120 gallon tank and a lot of the time they seem to bop each other in the nose.  To me it seems playful.  I've heard it is a mating ritual.  I don't know if they are really fighting or not.  Sometimes a fish will hide in one of the caves in the tank while another seems to stand guard outside the cave.  And if any other fish tries to enter the cave or even swim by, the guard will chase them away.  This goes on a lot from time to time.  Anyone know what's going on there?

Introducing a new blood parrot

I am wanting to get a yellow blood parrot as a companion for my current blood parrot that is mostly orange. I had bought dither fish for her but since she bit my hand and drew blood I don't think I want to put any fish smaller than her in a tank with her. I am going to give them her old tank when I upgrade.  Her jaw works well enough to have taken a small chunk of skin of of me. She was in a tank with other blood parrots when I bought her.  I watched the tank for behaviors before selecting her and could  see she was near the bottom of the totem pole from what I could tell.

Peace of Mind

Hi all,

I got three BP for about 6 weeks now, they are eating and playing well.

However, three days ago, noticed their colors were changing from red to pale and one even had a white spot at the tail end (last attached pictures)

If someone can refer to the pcitures and let me know whether they have "ICK", if yes, please let me know the steps to take.

blood parrot and pink convict compatible tankmates for 55 gallon tank?

i have those and a lace catfish what else could i add?


well disaster struck had a tank leak

moved fish out to diffrent tanks lost some because some were cramped in a 20 gallon lost one because it was moved to  the community tank and jumped out during cleaning and now all i have in this 55 gallon tank is a pink convict a blood parrot and a synodist catfish any ideas for one or two more tankmates

Parrot fish being bullied

i have 2 parrot fish and 2 texas cichlid,..Parrot fish were the one who chases others..Even the texas stayed away from them but from today Onwards one parrot and one texas started fighting and now parrot fish being bullied by the texas..Even he lost his cave to the texas,..Texas were peaceful till yesterday but now they are just after the parrots..What will i do now?

Growth rate

How much time does a baby blood parrot take to be 5 or 6 inches long?

My parrot fish have laid eggs

Recently moved my fish from a 10 gallon tank to a 29 gallon and it appears as they have laid eggs inside a clay pot.

does anyone know how long it will take for the eggs to hatch or even if they really will hatch? 


Skin issues

Looking for some advice. One of my BP's is having some issues on his side just behind his eye. It looks like a piece of meat is missing. He's eating, and acting fine. I noticed it the other day, and today it looks like it may have worsened a little bit. I had my water checked, and the ammonia is high, so I'll be doing some water changes. I moved them to a bigger tank (75 gal), and that's when I noteiced it. I'm not sure how long this has been going on. He's the biggest in the tank, and no one messes with him. Anyone experience this, or have an idea of what could be causing it?

Tank mates

Hi all
I am fairly new to fish keeping. I currently have a 400L (105g) 4ft tank set up with 2 dolphin c700 canister filters and a 300w heater running. the tank has been cycled and I already added my first few fish in. my question is what other fish can i add to this tank. I am looking for more brightly colored fish that will compliment each other as the tank is for my 3 month old baby boy who seems very fascinated by the fish. 

My Blood Parrots had babies, Fry


I am new to this site have 2 blood parrots and seen something odd swimming around thought a worm?  I then realized was baby fish I took out with Turkey Baster.


you have to see this youtube video

very shy fish

I have two red blood parrot fish who have remained most shy after 3 weeks. I took the time to set the tank up and have been back and forth to the pet store for advice. They keep telling me it will take time... I have a piece of drift wood with a live plant on one side and a clay pot on the other side along with a taller live plant. The first day they swam around but quickly settled into one hiding behind the driftwood and the other in the clay pot.


blood parrots with yellow Africa cichlids?

I have a 55 gallon with around 15 yellow African cichlids in it. I also have a 35 gallon with a blood parrot in it with a couple silver dollars. I'm wondering if anyone feels that the blood patter will be ok to add in with the afticans? I have heard many different reasons it will and will not be ok. Does anyone have experience with doing this? the reason I have been thinking about it is I hate the 35 gallon tank. It's a corner tank and with the angles is a pain to place. And u have had nothing buy trouble with filtering the tank. It always looks crappy .


New fish


I am new to this. We have just completed setting up our tropical tank and have 2 red parrot fish. The first day they were inseperable and swam around the tank together. since second day one has been hiding under a fake log and anytime the other goes near the one under the log nudges it out the way or tries to nip at it. 

Any advice as to whether this is normal behaviour and why they might be doing this?

many thanks




Tankmates for Parrots, help please.

I have a 55 gallon tanks which currently has 4 Parrots and 1 Pleco. I am looking to add some variety, however my Parrots tend to pick on new fish, so I have not added anything new for awhile. Can anyone tell me if there is a type of fish,that I can add without them becoming a sacrafice? I have had them for about 6-7 years and they still seem good and healthy, but not overally large. I live in a rural area and only have one fish store to choose from, the selection is limited so nothing too rare, lol. Thanks for any insight you can offer.



My BP is a whitish color and Im not sure why. The water is fine as far as the quality. I had it tested this past week.

ANy suggestions as to why he's like this???


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