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

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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 parrotcichlidgirl@parrotcichlid.com 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!! 

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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 gourami....it 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 turn


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.


Biggest and longest lived or living blood parrots

Just checking to see what is the biggest blood parrot known from personal experience or rumors? And the same for longest lived or living. This is for regular blood parrots only. I got my 2 bps about 2 yrs ago when they were about an inch and a half.


Something to keep this site fun/interesting

I check into this site from time to time to see if anyone has posted anything new and sometimes weeks could go by without something new being posted. I am interested in knowing what everyone else who tunes into this site has in their tank. Like me for example, along with my 2 adult Blood Parrots that I have in my tank since 2011 I also have two juvenile Blood Parrots, 2) 1 8in. Red Tailed Tinfoil Barb, 3) 4 Silver Dollars 1 of which is a true Silver Dollar while the other three may have some Pacu in them or they are from a different body of water.

Wanting to interfere

I basically returned two adult male Parrots over the course of the last 6 months because of their behavior when the two females start to lay their eggs. I have since bought two babies that I dont have any idea what their sex is and decided that if they do the same stuff the prior 2 males were doing I'll live with it. Whats happening now is I have these two females who have a cycle in which they lay eggs where when one is done the other starts. One of the females is more dominant than the other and doesnt allow the other one to lay her eggs in peace.

Say hello to my little friend(s) ;)

Meet Cheddar (big) and Pylon (little)!  Plus Spike, the photobombing pleco. 

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Hoping to add a new baby Parrot tomorrow, pending the powers that be - and the warehouses in Singapore - come through for me.

Black coloring on fin

Okay, I have had my 2 BP cichlids for about a month now. One of them had grayish black spots on its face.

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ALL BP's are dip dyed?

I was just at the local fish store to see if they had any Parrots in. She told me ALL orange Blood Parrots are dip dyed. Everything I can find online says BP's are naturally orange (and can also be tan, brownish, etc.). I don't want a dyed fish, but I do want an orange one. Am I out of luck or is she just an idiot?

I tried telling her that my 10+yo parrot was still orange the day she died, but she just said "sometimes the dye takes years to wear off".


BP's and Tiger Barbs? Q's about cohabitation and tank size.

I could use some input on my planned tank community before I implement it. I want to do a dedicated Parrot tank (no other cichlids) and would like to put my school of 12 Albino Tiger Barbs in as dither fish. Currently my tank is an established 75g with two juvenile BP's and a handful of baby yellow labs we're growing out before we put them in the cichlid tank. The labs will be evicted before any changes are made.

The Barbs are still quite small, the largest are about the size of nickels. They're currently in the 20g Time Out/Hospital Tank but we're going to need that back!



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