Not all bad
- While I do not believe in hybridizing rare or endangered species, I can't say I oppose the breeding of blood parrots. The species involved in their production are readily captive bred and common, unlike some others. The blood parrot is pretty docile. That's great, for people who want a big fish with personality but can't afford to dedicate a 75g tank just to one fish. Smaller, younger blood parrots are often very shy and take a while to grow into confidence- and also into their bodies. We have a pair at the shop I work in and they're lovely. Very active, very friendly, and while they aren't often bothered by the peacock cichlids they're kept with, they are capable of biting back. They enjoy crickets but due to the shape of their mouths have a hard time taking them off the surface- so hold them under. They'll eat right out of your hand. For the same reason, sinking food is best. That's the only special care they need, unlike what some people say. They are not heavily deformed.
- —Guest H. Jones
As long as they are healthy...
- As long as the BPs are healthy and not dyed or mutilated (as is the case with the heart-shaped, tailless ones), I see no problem with blood parrots. There are concerns about their deformities, but I have noticed lately a trend in the fish that Petco has been getting in towards a BP that can close its mouth fully and swims without any hindrance. The one I acquired from them in January 2010 is like this, and I enjoy him all the more because he looks much more like a "normal" fish than the more bulbous-looking, average blood parrot. If this is the result of selective breeding, then I hope it continues. I prefer these less-deformed fish, and I think other aquarists agree. I think anyone could easily fall in love with the blood parrot's personality - I know I have, despite Bubbles' tendency to eat his friends. The longfin danios were great tankmates... until he grew large enough that they could fit in his mouth! Good thing they're cheap, huh?
- —Guest Janna
- I heard a lot of bad things about parrot fish; aggressiveness, that they were hard to keep, needed huge tanks, and were so deformed that it was sick. Well, mine are the opposite. They are friendly (if a little shy), get along great with the 5 other fish in my tank, and easy to take care of. One thing I noticed especially: they have no deformities. Everything I read say that have messed up swim bladders, spines, and mouths which made it hard for them to swim and eat. This is false, in my case. My two parrot fish (both who get along wonderfully) eat the best out of all my fish, and they are also the fastest swimmers and most agile of any fish I've had!
- —Guest Guest
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.