king kong parrot

I was thinking that is sometimes of parrots mouth closing is ok????

prime seachem water conditioner new label I have been using prime for over 2 years during my water changes and have not run in any problems so far. So I decided to save some money by ordering a 2L bottle from amazon received today. I noticed the container design is different. The front has english and spanish.

Mystery Illness

I have two medium sized parrot cichlids (about 5-6in.) that are housed in a 36 gal. tank they were moved into about two months ago. I have had them for over 4 years now but I am by no means an expert keeper on parrot cichlids so I am looking for some help! While one fish is always healthy (knock on wood), the other seems to get sick quite often. Right now, he/she just stays near the top corner of the tank and appears to be quite lethargic. This fish is also quite large and pale in the belly area and has little to no appetite at all.


Mating Photos

OK, here is the latest spawning of Dory & Cory. #1 Shows Dory in the foreground swollen with eggs. #2 Shows Dory's ovipositior ready for egg laying. #3 Shows Dory laying her eggs with Cory waiting to fertilize them, which hasn't done any good so far. This is their 3rd spawning and as yet no fertile eggs. Fascinating to watch but I'm beginning to feel sorry for them, especially Dory as she keeps looking for her babies . . .


is this normal?

I have noticed my blood parrots above their noses and between their eyes seemed to be missing some skin and exposing their flesh. They both seem fine. I dont recall seeing other blood parrots have this. Is this normal? Its beginnging to worry me. Attached are pics one of them.

Funny behavior

white spot mouth fungus

I recently noticed one of my bp has a white spot under her lower inside lip. I did an online search which matches something of a mouth fungus. My water conditions are fine: 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 15 nitrate, 84 degrees My 2 bps share a 50 gallon tank with 10 tiger barbs and 2 nerite snails. This is the first time any bacterial infections have happened. I just did a 50% water change today and added aquarium salt. My bp seems to be normal and still eats. Hopefully in a few days the mouth fungus will go away. Has anyone had any mouth fungus with your bp?


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: 


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