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???

well i got a big problem

i got a blood parrot about 4 inches in  a 55 gallon tank i planned on getting a couple firemouth companions but my grandpa went ahead bought an oscar as a christmas present will these two be fine i dont have space for bigger tanks and no stores take fish back around here where i live

small mouth

Hi.  I'm new to the Blood Parrot forum but not new to fishkeeping.  Have an issue I am hoping you can help with.

I have 2 blood parrots in my 90 gal (with an ebjd, a gold sev, a juru, a royal pleco and 7 male congo tetras.  Heavily stocked I know but I have 2 cannisters, each rated for 175 gal and I do weekly 50% W/C's.  Nitrates never get above 15 - 20. 

I need help!!!

My blood parrot isn't eating. I've tried peas, flake food, pellets (both sinking and floating) and he doesn't have any interest in any of the foods I've put in the tank.
The water is fine because I just had it tested yesterday.

Anyone have any suggestions??????

help new tank cycling

I have never owned a fish tank. I have not heard of fish tank cycling until after I had got my tank and 2 BP. It has been 1 week and my water is cloudy. Yesterday it was very cloudy so I did a 25% water change and the water went back to being a lil less cloudy. But when I woke up today the water now smells. ANY information would be helpful. ex. How long will this smell last, should i do water changes, how long does cloudy water last, really any info would help


Only had BP 5 days and alot of aggression

I am new to this. Only had them 5 days. But one of my BP is really a bully. One is 3in and the other 2in. The bigger one constantly rams / chases/ Bites the smaller one. He always chases him to the top corner of the tank near my filter. It happens all day , no rest for the lil one. Does this go away with time? I was thinking of I might have to return the aggressive one for another BP. But does this happen with all BP? I feel sorry for the lil one and dont want him to get hurt.


New member

Hi thanks for letting me join.. I have 3 blood parrots at the moment but hoping to add more in the future :)

New to the aquarium scene

I just got 2 lil parrot fish one is about 2in and the other 2 3/4in. The bigger one is a bully chases the little one around the tank all day. Thr owner of the aquarium shop I went to told me that a 30 gallon tank is big enough for them but after reading online I now realize that they will need a larger tank. I know there is no exact answer but Approx. how long until they will need a larger tank. I have no other fish in the aquarium.

Losing Color

I have a female parrot cichlid that I have had for going on 5 years now. She has always been pretty healthy-eating normally and hardly ever losing her bright orange color. Just recently I have noticed that she is not eating like she would, with the majority of her food remaining untouched. She is also beginning to lose her vivid color. Other than that her behavior is normal. I am worried that she might be getting sick and want to get her better before any damage is done. She is kept in a 40 gal.

my male died and my female is lonely

I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to fish. I was given a pair of red parrots and fell in love with them. They spent their lives together and now the male has passed away :( I've never added any fish to their yank and have heard some horror stories. What i do know is that my female is being skittish and looking lonely and i need to get her a friend or give her to someone that has room for another. Any advice on adding anything new for her?

BP couple have destroyed the place

BP male and female have completely destroyed the place. Dug holes everywhere. Ripped up all the plants. Knocked over the statues. Built high walls of gravel and are spawning like rabbits. They have been at it for 48 hours now non stop but I see no eggs. But the male seems to fertilize then go back an eat some invisible item. These are rescue parrots and I know nothing about cichlids. Or really much about fish for that matter. For the first 4 days I've had them I bragged and gushed about what cute little water puppies they were. Had visions of plants for hiding behind, cute driftwood.

Help with filter

Hi all, you all have helped me before and need help now. I have a 60-gal tank from Petsmart with stand and 2 parrot cichlids. It is set up with sand and hardscaped. I had 2 aqueon quiet-flow filters that have not been able to keep the tank clean. My fish are growing well and each around 2-1/2 to 3 inches at present. I went to Petsmart and bought a Marineland C-360 canister filter but it will not fit inside my cabinet and I have hardwood floors as well as pets and am a little concerned about what should happen if this filter failed, which I have read of happening.

Colour loss

Yesterday, I came back from a 2 day trip. When I came back, all 3 of my KK parrots were hiding in the corner. In the begining they would hide and not eat. But 10 min later they started to eat. Also, I noticed that one of the smaller KK parrot fish was losing its orangish colour. I thought it was sick but then I looked at the bigger one and he was not that orangish. Then, today, I saw that the fish is more orange. Is it natural, or are they sick.


Hey Guys Whats up? I don't Know if any of you guys remember me, but its me Jelliott haha. I just felt like coming back on here to see what was going on with the Site and stuff. I also have gotten a new BP recently its pretty tiny only about 3 inches but it gets along great with my other two adult BP's. The last time i was on here was like 3 Years ago when i was like 14 Haha now im 17 obviously, but i just wanted to like keep and update and stuff with you guys as well as whats going on with my old friends like Chrisplosion, Broncomaniac, NeikoMaster and many more!

Is it worth it?

I have 3 KK's in a 20 gal tank. I know I have to upgrade so I went to the fish store to check some tanks out. I found a 75 gal tank with the stand and a filter. It costs $500.Is it worth it?? Please reply quickly the tank was on sale and was $600 originally!

Color change?

I have 7 blood parrots that when I bought them they had some black markings that have gone away as the fish matured.  I recently purchased a parrot fish that they called a "Panda" parrot.  He is a pale orange with black markings.  Does anyone know if the panda parrot will keep the black markings as it matures or will they fade away like the blood parrots' markings did?  If they will keep the black and pale color pattern I would like to get another panda parrot but if they will go away I won't get another.  Please let me know your experiences.

Thank you,



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