- 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
Love my parrot fish
- I have two and was thinking about getting more and breeding them but I will not get more Because they are infertile. I will get other type of fish and breed them.
- —Guest Brandon
Blood Parrots Rock!
- I adopted 4 Blood Parrots from 2 different people on Craigslist. I have 5 tanks (ranging from 10gal to 60gal) and my BPs are my favorite fish. I have a man made dog, a Boxer. I dont see people complaining about dogs being bred for certain physical characteristics and many breeds have numerous problems! Boxers get overheated quickly/easily (due to short noses), and have other problems related to their large chest cavity. Yes, BPs have difficulty eating certain types of commercial foods, but a responsible owner takes the time and effort to insure they are well fed. I hand feed all my fish/frogs. My BPs eat red wigglers like spaghetti noodles, they LOVE squished peas, pieces of canteloupe, oranges and zucchini. They rule their tank (live with a redtail shark, 2 Angelfish and a common pleco), they watch tv and my cats, know their names and like to be petted when Im cleaning their tank. I am glad I adopted them and look forward to many long years enjoying their daily antics & sweetness
- The biggest problem with these fish that I've seen is bad reporting about them. The Flowerhorn is another hybrid but no one wants them taken from the market. Many Mollies are also hybrids along with others species sold daily. I've had 8 of them and think they're awesome. They eat anything I give them but like most cichlids should be given pellets. They're friendly, entertaining and very cool and get along with every community fish I've had them with. If people want to boycott certain hybrids, then all should be boycotted, including the Flowerhorns.
Should man create fish
- Blood parrots have already been created although by man they still have 2 be cared for not wiped out. Man puts his hands in 2 many pies but when we do something acting as god we can't wipe out as if god. These fish need our care, I personally had 4 before I knew their full story. All are doing well, no health problems, feed well, had them for 6 yrs. As with any pet its our job 2 take care and nurture. How many dogs have become hybrids, does not make it right but so long as these creatures fall into right hands......
- —Guest polly
man's best friend?
- that's what we humans have also did to cooper, boo boo and princess. hint:dogs
- —Guest andrea s.
Blood parrots Perfect or Abomination
- I am a newbie fish enthusiast although I had a facination for fishes for a long time. When visiting aquarium I always used to wonder what that fish was. I always had a feeling that blood parrots looked unusual and seemed to have a balance problem. Out of curiosity I googled that fish and not that much surprised to learn that it really had deformities and that it was man made fish. Though in some respect it looks like a perfect fish (the arched back for one) sometimes
- —Guest kumar
- When creating a different species of fish you are fighting nature which there can only be one winner in the end
- —Guest nicholas