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My Baby Blood Parrot Cichlids and Family
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When choosing Blood Red Parrot fish you will notice that the baby Parrots are very dark with stripes. As they start to grow they change color quickly from dark to a mottled black and orange to a true solid Orange. This happens very quickly within the first four months.
I am new to this site have 2 blood parrots and seen something odd swimming around thought a worm? I then realized was baby fish I took out with Turkey Baster.
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I work for a petshop..in particular fish is my baby. Blood parrots are a hybrid of two diffrent kinds of cichlids. That red color is a mid phase in color. They usually start out dark browns and blacks. In the end they are an orange color. Midas Cichild and Red Blood Parrot fish babies - YouTube
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Although Parrots have been known to mate and even lay eggs, generally they are infertile. There have been sporatic cases of successful spawnings, generally when they have been crossed with a non-hybrid fish. Like other cichlids, Blood Parrots will tend the eggs and resulting fry fastidiously. As with any eggs, those that are infertile will turn white and rapidly fungus. The parents will eat infertile eggs to prevent them from spreading fungus to the fertile eggs. Once the eggs hatch, daily water changes of 25% are critical to ensure the health of the fry. Fresh baby brine shrimp are the optimum food during the first couple of weeks. Often pet shops will carry frozen baby brine shrimp, which can also be used. As they fry grow, they can be weaned to fine fry food.I am new to this site have 2 blood parrots and seen something odd swimming around thought a worm? I then realized was baby fish I took out with Turkey Baster.This is my first post on this site. I recently acquired a 25 gallon tank (I plan on upgrading to a 55 gallon tank within a year). I had a community of 2 gouramis, 1 yo-yo loach, 4 platys, and a clown pleco. There is a pet store in town that hasa very large aquariam section, and I asked them what types of fish I could add to my community. I ended up purchasing 2 angel Koi fish, and I was VERY interested in the blood parrot fish. They had several bright orange/red parrots, but the gentleman at the store reccommened that I purchase a couple of baby parrot fish - as they were 1/2 the price of the adults and he sai it would be exciting to watch them grow. I ended up buying 3. I love them! They're very interactive with me and the other fish. I am relatively new to the hobby of blood parrots and have fell in love with them and out all of my research on the internet- I had never seen such a color in a parrot as I saw in this one. I immediately told the clerk I wanted it and he bagged it up for me. I only paid 7.99 for it. I brought it home and put it in with my other 2 (they are about the size of a plum) hoping they would get along, and sure enough they took to the new green baby and act like parents to it. The 3 of them stick together. It is so sweet to watch. I have a 125 gallon tank with a variety of other fish also. I am new to this website too- so as soon as i figure out how to post a picture of the green baby- I will.Let me now tell you my story. I never owned any Parrot fish, including the blood parrot, and have no experience with them. I also am new to cichlids in general. I have years of community fish experience and decided about 6 months ago to get some African Cichlids and started a tank for them. About 3 months ago I saw a "pink fish" at Walmart. It was labeled a Parrot Fish. I went to the Petco where the guys there know me, to ask about this fish. I was told it was more of a community fish than a true cichlid fish and should thus go in my community tank. Which is where I wanted it because my community tank is color themed, as I get every colored fish possible in the rainbow for that tank (undyed). I had never seen a pink fish, (I had forgotten I had seen the pink kissing gourami's, but they were too aggressive and grow too big I had read). I am not a rich man, I work in fast food and this fish was the most expensive fish I had ever bought. It was about $6 or $7. It did very well in the 55 gallon community tank and within a week decided to get a yellow one. In less than 2 weeks they had claimed the cave beneath the driftwood as theirs and became territorial of it, especially at feeding time. Then about 2 weeks later, perhaps a month after I 1st got them, I came home one day to see baby fish on the bottom of the tank and what looked like these 2 fish eating them. I at first thought they were guppies as I had just released a pregnant female into the tank. I went and got my breeding net and tried to catch the babies before they were eaten. There seemed about 40 of them. It was then I discovered that the yellow and pink Parrot Fish were not eating them but collecting them in their mouths and bringing the babies into their cave and spitting them out there. I also noticed 95% of all the other fish were cornered to one side of the tank and these 2 were keeping them there. The Parrot fish bit me during this operation just as described on the following page for breeding habits of Convicts: