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!


My male Parrot

Im getting upset with my male Parrot, he figured out he cant fertilize the eggs of either female after numerous tries so now when she lays her eggs he aggressively eats them while she is laying them and attacks her as well. He has become quite vicious with these attacks. I took him out of the tank a while ago to measure him ( 6 1/2 in.) and to my suprise I found this guy has hard teeth up front so I know he is hurting my females. I actually want to see if another cichlid like my Severum would fertilize the eggs because I would love to have fish that were born and raised in my tank.

Growth on Face of Parrot

Hello eaveryone!  This is my first post and I need help with one of my Parrot's.  On the center of his face os a large growth.  It started out red like a large pimple but has grown to having a cauliflower look to it.  He has had these one other time and they cleared up, only to return.  None of his tank mates have any of the same problems.  He still eats and swims ok.  I have him in a hospital tank by himself now with Melafix (thought maybe it would help).  He also has missing scales on the sides.  My water is all within the good range.  I think I am a bit overstocked so I am reducing my fi


Parrot with large white patches

I have two Parrots that are about 6 years old they have been in the same tank for that period of time with various other Cichlids.  A few weeks ago I found one of the Parrots laying on the bottom of the tank the other swimming (no problem) I moved the sick one to a hospital tank it had changed color from orange to almost white.  I added another bubbler into the tank and after 24 hrs it seemed to be doing much better.  It's color seemed to be with some orange but white patches had formed on it's body.  The next few days the other Parrot was turning white but still had some orange but with sa


Can I have one blood parrot or do they need others?

Right now I have 2 young blood parrots. They are both about 2 inches. Right now they are in a 30 gallon tank. I know this is too small but they were a friends that had them in an even smaller tank. I know I will have to upgrade if I want to keep both. But I was wondering if I could keep one in this tank? It is a bow front so it is a little wider. One of the fish comes out and swims and I can tell is the more dominate one of the two. The other just sits in the cornor or in one of the hiding places. 

Dwarf Parrot Cichlid

Has anyone came across this species? TOPPY PARROT FISH CICHLID.

Pearl White in color and ARE SAID TO REMAIN SMALL (2 in).

What are it's possible parents?

Cichlid Stones for Blood Parrots

Hi Everyone, Has anyone been able to find a cichlid stone with a large enough opening for a Blood Parrot?  My guy (or gal!) is about 4 inches tall and long.  Does anyone know of where I can find a stone large and tall enough for him?  (His name is Mr. Peaches, and I've had him 4 or 5 years.)  He had a stone that he loved when he was smaller.  I've looked everywhere for one for him.


tank size

Hi I would like to know why most web sites dealing with blood parrots say a 55 gallon is the minimum tank size for 2 adult parrots. I am hoping that the tank size on this web site is correct as I have a 46.75 gallon tank and love the parrot fish. I have not purchased them yet because I thought my tank was too small.  Any thoughts? Thanks so much for any help.  



Sick it time to humanely euthanize? Pleas help :o(

Please help. I am so upset and sad about my fish and if it's time I want to help him/her die peaceully and quickly...or should I keep trying to save?


Swim Bladder - Cure

Guys Please help, 02 out of my 04 parrots are showing symtoms of swim bladder disease. I have tried served them peas, added salt no improvment. They are with me for more than a year now, it is the first time i am expereincing swim related problems. 



Parrot Fish Biting the Other one

I have 2 parrot fish, (The red parrot fish) but one is biting each other... SO IF YOU PLEASE HELP me what do I have to do? Only one is biting  and the other one is not biting at all, I don't know whats going on.  I don't know, but I am soo afraid if one of them is injured as I don't know if one of the parrot fish came up ... The upper fin is tore up by another. please help me. what should i do? My aquarium size is 2ft*1ft.


Emergent Plants in Aquarium

Emergent, fast growing plants are good for dealing with nitrates in the water. I'm using lucky bamboo successfully. Has anyone found any other effective emergent plants?

Thank you!


Dying of Old Age?

Hi all.  I have been away for awhile...hope everyone is well.  Anyway, to refresh...I have four large blood parrots (8-9 inches) 2 are 8 and 2 are 7 years old. 

Black lips

Just noticed that my parrot has black lips can any one help with what it could be 


They're at it again

I dont know if I wrote in my last couple of posts that my Parrots, well the females anyway, are egg laying machines. The male will hang with both females when they are laying eggs but he is definitly paired up with this one girl who has become a very successful egg layer. I bought this new cave thing that the both of them have been in for the past two days and I dont know for sure yet but I think they might be on the verge of a successful breed. Theres about fifty eggs being extremely well protected and they appear to be getting larger.



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