Love my parrot fish
- I love my parrot fish. 4 years old great pesonalities. Need big space as they can get huge. Fantastic and fun. Love to rearrange plants. So cute!
- —Guest Tamara Schuster
Man did not create
- This is two different species of fish that mate together. They are not artifically inseminated therefore are not man-made. Many fish you get from the wild have cross-breed. Look at all the long-finned varieties out there now that have been created simply by putting certain fish together. Angelfish is a bit cross-breed fish as well as all the fancy goldfish. Flowerhorns, as well. But man-made? Nope.
- —Guest Carolo
Great Pet or Mistake
- Wonderful pets!! I adopted my BP from a friend and have really enjoyed this beautiful fish. He does not know he is a "mistake", he is curious,friendly, and comical in nature!!! Have never seen him have any other difficulties than any of my other fish, he has no trouble swimming, eating or seeing. So I really don't see what the problem is!!! We spend hours watching him each week and the grand kids especially love him as he follows them every where they move, he gets along great with his tank mates which are barbs, a gold severum and common pleco!!! I do not agree with the dyeing and mutation that is taking place, but really don't understand the controversy this fish has caused!! I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants a highly intelligent and social fish.
Create Fish ?
- No way thats GODs place. I would never buy them but 3 were given to me.They are mean i will take care of them until they die i feel sorry for them. Thank for your site it has helped me a lot
- —Guest kim ingrao
What a wonder is man
- Look at all the cultivars of plants and trees and shrubs we have developed for ornamental purposes. There's no reason whatsoever we should not hybridize fish. Period.
- —Guest Smell the coffee
Father owns 1
- My father owns 1 of these guys. At first I didn't like him because of all the bad stuff I read on the internet. However he won me over with his cuteness. I love the look he gives me while he is hiding(so freaking cute), a nice contrast to my aggresive mbuna tank.
- —Guest Sushi Chef
Buy Parrots to save Environment
- I'm a fish seller. I think buying man-made fishes will lead to reduction in fish hunting from natural environment so buy man-made fishes to save environment
- I personally don't like them. Maybe they should be listed as designer fish, just like all the designer dog breeds that are so popular now. When I was growing up, we called them muts, now they are being sold for $100's of dollars, and are the new hip thing.
- —Guest no2bloodparrots
In Defense of Parrot Cichlids
- Firstly, I disagree with fish keepers dying/tattooing fish and think it is an inhumane practice. I am also against mutilating any animal (such as the love heart parrot) for aesthetic pleasure. That said, I have two 'normal/not dyed' parrot fish. I researched parrot fish before buying them and knew they were hybrids. However, they exist now regardless of their origins. My parrot fish are gentle, friendly, and even eat from my hand during feeding time. Killing/culling these fish simply because they exist is also playing God. Who are we to decide what deserves or doesn't deserve to live because they are not "pure"? My parrots have no trouble eating or swimming. Humans create different breeds of plants, dogs, and cats. Most people who shun parrots have never owned one (due to the controversy) and thus, don't know their merits. There is always another side to every argument. Cruelty has nothing to do with it, especially if they are not color treated and are well-cared for.
- —Guest ParrotFishFan
Nana's 1st BP
- Why does my BP hide? "IT" comes out until I walk next to aquarium. It is swimming with a albino barb,pink kisser, and a bala shark. Should I get another?And what other fish can I add? I had two barbs but one's fins was ate by the other barb..I want it to be socialble because they belond to the grandchildren with nana babysitting. Thanks
Parrot Fish - Klaus Roger
- Yes, why not. I absolutely love my parrot fish. They are entertaining and boy do they have personallity. I named them Klaus & Roger. They are most definetly the best pets!
- —Guest Watson - SA
Blood Parrots - wonderful pets
- I was uneducated about the parrot fish when I bought my first pair. It actually was their outgoing personality that caught my attention. I started with two and now I have five. I had to give two of them to my grandson because he loves the way they interact with him. They are very social. My largest female is the dominant one of the tank and she keeps everyone else in line. When it is feeding time, or she wants my attention, she will actually get between the glass thermometer and the corner of the tank and tap on the glass to get my attention. I know that the ones I bought were not dyed or clamped or such horror stories as that. I have had some of mine for several years and they all are very healthy.
Fun to watch
- My BP is called "Loerie", which means 'peeks at u' in Afrikaans. He watches us from his house and guards my tank. An entertainer of note and even gave our dog a fright!! He pushes our hands away when we try to clean the tank and is interesting to watch. Man-made or not, he's at least relaxing to watch after a hectic day at work! "Loerie" also tells me when the heater in my tank isn't working. He was lazy and purple one morning when I woke up. I couldn't understand this until I realized that the plug of the heater was knocked by the maid when she was cleaning and thus wasn't working. Ain't that clever. BP-lover
- —Guest GuestHeidi-SA
Support! They live like any other fish
- I saw my first BP at walmart and they instantly stood out! (Would never buy walmart fish again- uncared for tanks) So I went to a local pet store and to my suprise they had some, only dyed. :( Sad because that store's pretty dependable. But anyways, the whole hybrid thing is semi-ridiculous. Yeah man shouldn't mess with nature, but what do you see everywhere you go? Sky skrapers, business buildings, landfills, etc... Maybe we were meant to find out nature's secrets, maybe not. That's the thing, we simply don't know, and will never know. Until maybe doomsday comes due to our curiousity, but until then we have no conclusion as to why we are here. Same goes for breeding BPs and other hybrids. Back to the store with the dyed fish. I visit often and there's a light pink one that's adorable and quarky, what a shame it's dyed. It comes out whenever I go back to see if undyed ones have been purchased. Point, our minds were created to gain knowledge- not always using the correct method. I
- —Guest Writerchick
What are their 'deformities'?
- So what if their a cross-breed. All they are, are mutts! Why pick on a fish? I never heard anything bad about these long living fish, besides that they can tend to be aggressive. Well, news to everyone so are people, dogs, cats, and any other kind of animal you rescue/purchase. Their not dyed, clamped or hurt in any way! They are however extremely intelligent and wonderful fish. My Parrot, BANJOOOO, does water aerobics when I play with her and she just layed unfertilized eggs and now I'm thinking about getting her a boyfriend for the next time she lays her eggs so I can have me a bunch of little BANJJOOOOs swimming around! AKAKAKAKAKAKKK
- —Guest Bridgette