Parrot Color?

Hi! Got a question about my parrot's color. Sometimes, she's bright bright tangerine orange....but most of the time, she's very washed out and pale. Is there anything I can do to get that healthy orange glow to stick around? My smaller parrot is bright all the time, just a gorgeous dark the larger one sick?


2nd Spawning in a month

Well Cory and Dory have done it again. Came home to find eggs on the heater this time! Can't imagine how that will go but at least they keep trying. It's a community tank so they don't seem to be inhibited by the other fish. Plus they don't hassle the other fish, just stake out their spot and go about their business. I'll have to get some pics to post.




Hello from MA

Hi, I've been reading here a while, just decided to join today. I wish it was a bit more active, but a lot of good info here. Someday I will figure out how to post a pic of my 3 parrots.......frown

P.S. Looks like I found it below! LOLOL

Wow! try this

Searching Flickr for "blood parrot" gets you back an incredible display of more fish than you can imagine, and some really nice tanks:


My BP Pair

Hope I did this right. Cory is broadside and Dory is behind looking toward the camera, in the first photo. As you can see Cory is much paler and doesn't have the radical BP face. Dory is very BP looking and much darker. You can see her a little better in the second photo. This is when they first started digging holes. They have since spawned but I don't think the eggs are any good. Just as an FYI: I've noticed many posts about how shy the BP's are . . . mine are not shy at all. That's a big reason I got them. At the store the clerk pointed out what a personality they have and that his would eat right out of his fingers. When I brought them home, even while they were stilling floating in the bags they were all curious. Cory, the male, always comes to wherever I am around the tank, up to the surface when I open the lid and stays there while I talk to him. Dory was starting to do the same but now has eggs to watch, so I'm not very important. The tank sits on a low counter between the kitchen and living room so they are 'exposed' on all sides. Doesn't bother them at all.

Community TankMates

My 2 BP's seem very sweet natured and have turned out to be a pair as already have 1st spawning. I had no idea what would or wouldn't work with BP's so just went with what I like. Initially a male Betta, a female Betta, 5 Fire Dwarf gouramis and a few days later 4 small Blue Gouramis. First the female Betta got nailed, then the male Betta.


What Fun Fish

Can't believe how excited I am to have discovered Parrot Cichlids. Bought 2 at the local PetSmart which meant a new aquarium. Haven't had a tank in years. Knew nothing about BP's but the Internet sure had lots to say, much not good. Thrilled I found this site. Have much to share, including photos once I settle in and get more familiar with posting process here.

Blood red parrot Growth Rate?

Hi In October 2012 I bought a small Blood Red Parrot Cichlid from Petsmart. Then When I bought him I put him in a 20 gallon tank with a 3 inch King Kong Parrot. In the tank there as also about 5 to 7 goldfish. Then The King Kong Grew to 4 inches. The Blood Red Parrot grew like 1 inch when I measure him in March 2013. Then We move and I got rid of my goldfish and just keep tmy small 2 inch Red and White Fantail goldfish and my large 5 inch common goldfish. I bought a 45 gallon tank.

How to upload images

I just revised the instructions for uploading your images, since the system has been updated. Click the HELP link at the top of the page to find it or just click this link to see it now.


my parrot ate poop

Was wondering anyone had this issue? It looks like the poop she ate came from my tiger barbs. I hope she doesn't get sick from it. All of my fishes seem very healthy. Attached are pics of my 2 female parrots.

Image uploads seem to be working now.

Will be away from the site for a week…

Hi friends, 

Well, I think I've got the site in more or less working order again, after the big update to Drupal 7. I'm going to be away for a few days, so if anything gets buggy, just email me at and I'll take care of it when I return next week. 

Here's what I did so far: 

A must-see video: Russell's Tricks

Greens/Veggies-Good as Part of a Regular Diet?

I've heard that feeding peas aids in the digestion of fish when they are having GI issues, and that feeding greens/veggies weekly aids in good digestion. I was curious as to whether this was true or not. I was going to alter my parrot's diet and offer him a bit of greens once a week. I was thinking of purchasing the "emerald entree" frozen food. Suggestions?


its been awhile

but now i got a 4 inch blood parrot thats in charge of some mean african cichlids he was with community fish but he killed som.of those hope he dont kill my africans or firemouths is it possible?

Site Updates!

Hi all, 

I am in the process of upgrading the site to the latest version of Drupal, so it may change appearance randomly. Please be patient till I get it right!! 

Our original photo gallery is online again! You can view it here:

My Last Blood parrot has this bump

Can  anyone tell me what it is? She's had it a long time and it does not seem to bother her or bother my other fish but now  the skin is  appears to be ripping away from it as it gets bigger. I have tryed several treatments but nothing  has worked so clearly no one  so far knows what it is. Then I remembered this site and thought I'd run it past you  folks.. Any Knowledge on  what it is, how to get rid of it would be much appreiated. Thanks. Sorry for the bad photos, sometimes she hides when I take photos and this night was one of them.

need some advice....we had 4 parrots and all was well until ....

my hubby brought home a didn't look well, missing some scales and kinda pinky looking flesh.  I told him next time to wear his glasses when he is picking out fish.  Anywhoo, thought it would get better, in short, the fish died in a mattter of a few weeks.  Next thing my parrot is showing the same signs....scale loss, looks like a skin disease almost peeling.  I removed him, then another one got it....this is all within 2 weeks.  I am now left with my 2 oldest parrots who so far have not shown any sign of scale loss or discolour.  I have done water changes every 3 days and tur


using nerite snails to control brown algae

Just got 3 tiger nerite snails yesterday to reduce some of the brown algae or diatoms on my aquarium glass. I just finished closing up the top lid excluding my 2 power filter openings to keep my snails from sneaking out the tank. I'm impressed so far from the algae they have consumed. I did a research and nerite snails were the best snails for eating algae and they will not reproduce on fresh water. They are also cute and fun to watch, but poop a lot. Has anyone here have nerite snails, and how long have yours lived or living? I'm fascinated with lifespans of living creatures.



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