From the article: Caring for a Blood Parrot
Few fish topics are more heated than the debate over the man made fish known as the Blood Parrot. Love them or hate them, everyone has an opinion. What's yours? Should man create fish?
- I have 5 blood parrots and they are adorable ,never seen before so cleaver fish....best pet,lovely fiends...beautiful smiles!!
- —Guest Lina
what doesnt man /science alter
- Truly this unes a winner, full of life, personality and a joy to watch. Genetics are on thing that has and always be here, after all think about how some of our new cancer drugs came about. What I dont agree to , is the cruel antics pulled to die, tattoo or cut their tailfins to resmble a heart....NOW THAT IS CRUEL AND UNREASONBLE PUNISHMENT of a helpless animal!,,,,,
- —Guest skibloo
Go ahead and create them.
- We have rats growing human ears on them for transplants, a cat called Mr. Green Genes that glows in the dark. That's just how science goes. I personally am in love with Parrot fish, along with all their imperfections. There eyes amaze me with the opalescence. They are very attentive, curious, and a hardy fish. Besides bettas (which are being created like a muther trucker) Freshwater parrot fish are the only fish for me. I even have tattoos of them on my chest. I am an animal nurse and don't agree with pure breeding. So that's my word son.
- —Guest Parrotfishlover
Why the selective hatred?
- I agree wholeheartedly with many of these points. people are very selective in their hatred for some reason. do people not realize that pretty much ALL goldfish are man made? a lot of goldfish, such as the bubble eye have much worse problems than the BP's and yet no one complains about them xD what the heck? what I don't like is fish that are WAY too big for any private aquarist to have being sold in chain stores :/ like the pangasius catfish for example. Find me one person who has the room for a fast moving four foot long very skittish catfish. maybe one in 20,000 aquarists actually has room for that. but people would rather pick on BP's :/ I think they're adorable. :O actually might go get one tomorrow or the next day :D
- —Guest Dillon
- At the pet store they weren't fighting but when i bought them and kept them in 75 gallon tank. They are quarreling like anything! Really insane!!!!!
- —Guest mark
- I have owed blood parrots for over 15 yrs. They are great fish. Very hardy. I see no reason for them not to exist. I had 75gallon tank and kept 14 in this tank. I know smaller amounts of fish should be kept in that tank,but ive always had great sucess with fish tanks. My parrots grew very big and happy. I just lost last one. I am currently setting tank back up to own more of my favorite fish. I think they make wonderful pets. God knows man has made alot of things that destroy, but for once they made something make ya smile everyday!
- —Guest robin k
BPs are our friends.
- I normally never comment on topics I inspect when I'm surfing the web but I have to say this much. I've recently bought a BP in great shape and have maintained him healthy and strong for over a month now. He's definitely lively and very intelligent. Mine seems to love attention, believe it or not. I'd recommend them to anybody who has the time and requirements allotted.
- —Guest CassioE55
- I currently own three blood parrots in a 55 gallon tank with five weather loaches and three honey gouramis. They are one of the best fish I have ever owned, with bright and unique personalities. I fell in love with them at first sight, despite their price. They have only been in my tank for 2 and a half weeks, so they spend most of their time hiding, but happily eat floating cichlid pellets off of the surface when I am not looking. These fish are extremely intelligent, and I would recommend them to anyone. However, one blood parrot needs at least 30 gallons of water, and then ten more gallons for each parrot you add.
- —Guest BloodParrots
- Very cool fish, hilarious and full of life! I can't see any of the illnesses or deformities that people always talk about. I'd dare say that I recommend them to any novice hobbyists out there, if you don't mind cleaning the tank with 25% weekly. I've got 2 Blood Parrots with a Pleco and a Catfish in a 30 gal tank and my Blood Parrots actually "spoon" with the Catfish, they're very sweet.
- My first two lived over 8 years and I now have 5 more. This fish do not have a problem eating nor swimming no matter what is reported here. If you don't want hybrids, then Flowerhorns, goldfish, ballon-shaped fish and high fins would also not be on the market. These are general fish that like to live in a family unit, not with aggressive fish. They do better with community fish than other cichlids more aggressive than themselves. Jellybeans or Bubblegums are also not dyed parrots. Those are a cross between a female blood parrot and a male convict. Misinformation is rampart on these fish!
- —Guest Carolo
I LOVE IT
- It is a nice looking fish,agile ,SMART and does not fight with pleco.I have one blood parrot(orange-red) and one dwarf pleco in the aquarium.They are absolutely OK with each other.Regarding appetite and overeating I can remark that I treat my parrot as good parents treat obese child:give the right doses.Everything is dose related and your parrot fish will not be able to serve itself while you are away or home.
Wonderful fish but a bit messy
- I have had blood parots for approx 2 years. I started out with 38 small parrots in a 72 gallon tank and now have 24 (I have 2 smaller ones in a 26 gallon community tank and they get along fine with the other inhabitants). I have to clean all tanks (3) each week and the pure parrot tank is the dirtiest, but the python cleaner does nicely. They are very comical fish and they have outgrown their fear of human kind. They know when its feed time and have taken to splashing water out of the tank in anticipation of feeding. I would recommend these as a beginner's fish (as I was when I first started raising them).
- —Guest fish fish fish
Fishy For First Time
- Hi, Although this is my first time getting them, I highly recommend these smiling fish, because they are VERY therapeutic and the fact they ALWAYS SMILE back at you. I am putting them temporarily in a 30gallon tank for now, because of the economy,and its cheaper for our family. I read up online its good for the first couple of years until they will grow and need the 55 gallon tank.. wich is good for me. =P These fish are such an easy care, but cleaning the tank and the upkeep is pretty easy, thats if your the type of person who enjoys cleaning and all that..=)
- —Guest Guest Fishy for first timee
I love my blood parrots!
- I finally broke down and bought 4 small BP's from Walmart for $8 each. I am a longtime (50+ years) aquarist who has bred many of the popular and not so popular fish. These ad a lot of active, interesting color to a heavily plastic planted 75G . They live well with large silver dollars and angels as well as a 20+ school of Buenos aires tetras. Truly a joy to watch.
- —Guest ArtyG
tank full of fry
- Just noticed I have a tank full of parrot fish fry. Has anyone out there had any experience with them. Any suggestions as to upkeep of fry would be appreciated..
- —Guest katnell
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