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my parrot fish... rdg.
Hi! My blood parrot fish is alone in a ten gallon tank.
<Will need more room...>
She is about 2.5 inches long. She used to always follow my
finger and be in the front of the tank all the time. I changed the water
<...? How much percentage wise? Please see/read on WWM re... such change
and did everything I always did. I changed the decorations like I
usually do every water change. I have one of those filters that hang
over the tank and lately all she does is hide under it, she comes out to
the front sometimes but not as much as she used to. She also will lay on
the gravel behind a plant. could you tell me what is wrong?
or anything I could do to help? thank you
<Uhh, read here:
and the linked files above. Bob Fenner>
blood parrot 7/17/14
So is her growth stunted? would a 29 gallon be good? should I buy
another parrot fish to be with her? please answer this questions
<Please read where you've been referred. BobF>
I did read where I was referred you aren't helping all that much I asked
questions. please answer them. is her growth stunted?
should I add another parrot with her?
<Not until you have a larger system>
should I get a 40 or 29 gallon tank?
<Read again... how much space do they need? B>
just answer these questions please
Questions on Jellybean Cichlid... reading, using
I recently saw in my local fish shop, a tiny vibrant fish called a
Jelly Bean Cichlid....
<Definitely won't stay tiny for long, most likely won't say
vibrant for long, either.>
I was told they remain quite small and only need a 10 gallon tank for a
group of 6 - I know quite often fish stores give wrong information
<And you have proven the theory once again... Yes, this information
is wrong. They can get quite large, 6-8 inches. These fish are the
blood parrot Cichlid, a fish which is a man-made hybrid of other
Cichlid varieties. They are then dyed the vibrant colors they display.
It's an abhorrent practice with an alarmingly high mortality rate.
All of this for color that lasts long enough to get the fish sold, and
so I was hoping you could answer some questions for me....
<You could actually answer these for yourself with the Google search
tool on WWM.>
Can you tell me about the care they need? Minimum size tank they
require? Acceptable tank mates? What size group they should be kept in?
Sand or gravel? Hiding places? Types of food? Life expectancy?
<These are not fish for a ten-gallon tank. They are also fish
created via ethically questionable practices. Here are some links with
information on these fish:
These pages, as well as the linked pages above the titles, will give
you plenty of information on these fish so that you can make an
informed decision. Obviously, one of these fish isn't going to be a
good choice for your ten-gallon, much less six. Here is a link on
stocking small tanks:
It's a tricky ordeal which requires research and careful planning,
as well as frequent maintenance, in order to be a success.
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Parrot Cichlid Info 11/24/09
I am interested in Parrot Cichlids...
< I'll assume that you are referring to the common cross in the
trade of parrot cichlid. These cichlids are a cross between a number of
different true cichlid species.>
1) what is the minimum recommend gallons per fish?
<Each fish will get about 8 inches long. Males will be slightly
larger than females. Adults should have about 30 gallons each. A pair
in a55 gallon is about right depending on your maintenance
2) What size group should they be kept in?
< If you are interested in breeding them then you should get six
fish that will mathematically just about guarantee you a pair.
Don't get just two.
The bigger one will almost aways dominate the smaller fish.>
3) What are suitable tank mates?
< Big fast open water fish like barbs, silver dollars and
4) Besides cichlid pellets, what should I supplement their diet
< A high quality cichlid pellet can be supplemented with a high
quality flake food. like Spirulina .-Chuck>
One blood parrot in 53 gallon basement tank.
I was wondering if blood parrots do okay by themselves and whether or
not if a blood parrot could outgrow a 53 gallon tank. Would keeping two
of them stunt their growth, is it better to keep just 1 in a 53 as a
single specimen?. Do they need more then 1 to feel happy? How big can
these guys get? I heard anywhere from 8 to 12, inches. What would
be an ideal tank setup for this fish? PH, water temp ect? I have
a sand substrate in place right now, and I want to research all about
this/or any other type of fish I get. How often and how much water
should be changed per week?
<... read the responses to your prev. identical questions here:
and the linked files above Alex. BobF>
One blood parrot in 53 gallon basement
tank. 12/02/08 I was wondering if blood parrots do okay by
themselves and whether or not if a blood parrot could outgrow a 53
gallon tank. Would keeping two of them stunt their growth, is it better
to keep just 1 in a 53 as a single specimen?. Do they need more then 1
to feel happy? How big can these guys get? I heard anywhere from 8 to
12, inches. What would be an ideal tank setup for this fish? PH, water
temp etc.? I have a sand substrate in place right now, and I want to
research all about this/or any other type of fish i get. How often and
how much water should be changed per week? Thanks <Hello Alex. Blood
Parrots are hybrid cichlids, and consequently it is impossible to
predict their maximum size or behaviour. In general though they work
reasonably well in odd-numbered groups (3, 5, etc) given space. In your
case, a trio would be viable. They can be extremely aggressive when
mature, and make poor community fish. Conversely, being physically
handicapped by deformed spines and distorted swim bladders, they
can't swim/fight as well as other cichlids, and get bullied in
cichlid tanks. Most specimens get to around 15-20 cm (6-8 inches) in
length but much larger specimens do exist. They are essentially similar
to Central American cichlids (from which they were derived) and do best
in hard, basic water. Provided the water has a high carbonate hardness,
pH should balance out just fine. Lots of people fixate on pH, but that
actually doesn't matter much provided it is stable. Instead
concentrate on ensuring the carbonate hardness is reasonably high;
I'd recommend 7+ degrees KH. Various ways to do this, the simplest
being adding a measure of Malawi salt mix (purchased or home-made) to
each bucket of water, around a half dose usually being adequate unless
you have very soft water. Temperature isn't critical, and as with
most other fish, 25 C (77 F) is fine. There is much else about Central
American cichlids and water chemistry issues at WWM; use the search
tool and enjoy. Cheers, Neale.>
Re: One blood parrot in 53 gallon basement tank.
Parrot Cichlid Info II 12/3/08 Thank you. The tank
dimensions are 3 feet long, 20 inches high and 15 inches wide. Is it
possible the one fish could outgrow this setup? < Sounds like it is
approximately a 40 gallon tank. If you have a male it could get a
little cramped, but it would probably be fine for a female.> What
foods do Blood Parrots need/like? < I would stick with a high
quality pellet food like Spectrum as a basic diet. Occasional light
feedings of other things would be OK as long as they are not fed too
heavily.> What would be a good filtration system and what temp do I
keep the water at? < The best filter is the one that you are able to
service regularly. I would recommend an outside power filter that pumps
at least200gallons per hour. Go to Cichlid-Forum.com and check out the
product reviews from other aquarists. I have found that the reviews are
very helpful. I would keep the water between 75 and 77 F.> Long do
they live? <When the fish are young and growing they need more
protein than an adult that is no longer growing. When your fish reaches
an adult size you can start to give it foods with more vegetable matter
to prevent bloating. If all goes well your parrot cichlid should live
to be at least 10 years old.-Chuck>