So I fell in love with these little mutants at the fish store. I am taking my time researching their needs. They are my project for next year.
My question is this: I have seen a ton of differing opinions on compatible tank mates. Does anyone on the forums, have direct experience housing them with other species?
Is it best to have them in a species only tank? I really love having diversity in my tanks.
Species only is best, but htey can be kept with other fish silmilar in size and temperament. Ok fish would be: Angelfish, Corydoras, Glass Catfish, Kuhli Loach, Swordtails, Tetras, Plecos, Silver Dollars.
Blood parrots are hybrid African cichlids of unpublished origin. Most of the African rift lake cichlids prefer hard water with a high pH. South American cichlids need just the opposite, so be sure to check the environmental needs and behaviors of all candidate species.
Generally speaking, cichlids tend to be territorial and aggressive, especially when they decide to spawn. Please be careful and do some research when selecting tankmates.
You are right about the territorial aspect, but they are not African.
Although their parental lineage was never documented and is still a mystery, the blood parrot was first created in Taiwan around 1986. The best guess to parental origins; the redhead cichlid (Cichlasoma synspilum) and the Midas cichlid (Amphilophus citrinellus) or a coupling between the red devil cichlid (Amphilophus labiatus) and the severum (Heros severus). Even though these species are native to either Central or South America, the blood parrot is considered an Asian cichlid because of the geographical location of its hybridization.
Thanks for the correcting my mistake. I thought one of the aquarium magazines indicated blood parrot fish were Africans, but us old guys are easy to confuse.
Must be the same people who say angels are great in community tanks
Thanks! I was thinking silver dollars! But now I am re-thinking it and may go with a species only tank. I really want it to be about the parrots and don't want to compromise the happiness of another species.
It is very common for BPC to be dyed or tattooed. Choose a reputable place to get them from (if thats even possible - poor fish) and if there are small ones that have very bold colors then stay away and if they are in any color other than a neutral or orange tone, they have been dyed and should be avoided
I have two blood parrots with other African rift lake cichlids (less aggressive species) and they all get along great. The two parrots make a nest about every two weeks. I gave up on moving the gravel back.
I know, I really hate how fish are treated. I would never buy a dyed fish, it's just cruel and unethical.
I understand alot of people are disgruntled about them being hybrids. It's a love hate thing. I'm on the love side, I like their chunky little body style.
BillyBoy, are the parrots able to compete for food? I read parrots have some problems eating because of the formation of their mouths.
In an aquarium setting, fish do not have to compete for food or worry about predators.
My blood parrots have no problem eating flake food or the Hikari cichlid pellets.
Some of the BPC you find in the shops can have their mouths and bodies deformed as a result of the hybridization. Spend some time watching the fish and ask the shop worker to feed them so you can see they are capable of eating.
i have had 8 parrot fish over the years none had trouble eating, and i found severums were good tank mates, but in the aquarium world everyone will have a different experience and will tell you a different story, this is just my experience
Thanks for sharing your experience. Sometimes, things work out even if they are not supposed to.
They do well in my tank with Glo Tetras . They seem to be more secure with a school of fast moving fish, the Tetras are docile.
The deep red Purple bloods and glo tetras with black gravel and black background is great!
They love to bounce around their Marimo Moss Balls1
I believe Firemouth cichlids would be good tankmates. They both have about the same aggression level and water conditions.
I had this genetic goof up with one of my first Blood parrots. I still have the other and she weighs around 11-12 oz.. One died because her mouth was so deformed she couldn't keep the food in long enough to digest it. Her mouth did not close. I had to slowly watch her starve to death. It was horrible. My remaining of the two doesn't have that problem. The last BPC that I got I made sure did not have that problem. Although, I have to say, the two parrots do not look alike physically. My older BPC is a prettier shape and doesn't have the body separation look.
I have three blood parrots in my 120 with other fish (see my signature below). I actually hand feed the parrots tubifex worms and krill, but they will also eat flake food. I soak the tubifex worms and then actually put it in front of their mouths and they "inhale" it in. It's sad that humans have created a fish that can't close it's mouth All of the fish in this tank do great together.
momtoangel - I like the pic. They look like there in a line up. "I didn't do it, it was him."
I think blood parrots are my favorite cichlid out there. I would do anything to get some, but I don't have the room.
I have kept BPC both in species tanks & mixed species tanks. They are a hardy fish & I have not had a single one that was aggressive toward any fish. The BPC you see in stores that are young & splotchy with black or brown are not dyed or tattooed. Sometimes they are that way when young. However, they will almost certainly turn orange at some point. The dyed ones are usually odd colors like green or blue. Most BPC cannot close their mouths which is why they have that kissy face expression, so while they might bump or charge another fish, they can't bite them. I would never put Firemouth Cichlids with BPC, the Firemouth are too aggressive. I currently keep just one BPC with a large gold gourami, an albino rainbow shark, a roseline shark & a spotted ctenopoma. They all do really well together.
I have had two cichlids (large) in a 35 gallon tank with two silver dollars (large) for several years. They live well together providing each has its own space. I have two large pvc pipes in the tank for the cichlids and a lot of plastic grass for the silver dollars. The cichlids do not like the silvers in their territory for very long. The will run the silvers into their own territory. They eat fairly well together but both have their own needs when it comes to foods. I find the silvers will eat what the cichlids eat but not the other way around. I keep bags of frozen spinach on hand and tear up to smaller sizes for their vegetation. My cichlids love the shrimp pellets best because it seems it is easier to get into their mouths.
Any suggestions for fish compatible with a shubunkin, pleco and rubber mouth pleco in a corner 65 gallon tank? My brother wants me to get blood parrots
I have three parrots and three 10 year old clown loaches together in an 80 gallon tank. They do great together. The blood parrots were babies when I got them, so that could help. They all race around the tank together. No problems.
Yessss it is sad....Iddown know all their background before purchasing them
I have my blood parrot with a firemouth been that way for 4 yrs their great together never a problem when it comes to eating.They get pellets,cichlid crisps,frozen blood worms never a problem.They all have their own space
It has gone opposite in my tank's case. I bought three parrots and 6 african cichlids from same shop same tank. It has been 10 days and parrots seem to be extremely territorial that they have killed 3 / 6 african cichlids during last 4 days and they love to pray and feed on them
Before purchasing any fish for your aquarium, use a search engine like Google to build a species profile. Note environmental and food needs, mature size, temperament, spawning behaviors and any other characteristic which may affect compatibility. Fish originate in different parts of the world and have different survival strategies. Here are a few more things to consider:
I have had two parrots in with three tinfoil barbs and one pleco for over four years. They all do very well together.